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The Hideaway Times: Article

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Bombers on display Sunday in New Smyrna

Staff Report

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — American Aero Services is at it again.

The airplane restoration business -- at the New Smyrna Municipal Airport on U.S. 1 -- is performing the annual maintenance on the Collings Foundation´s B-17, B-24 and B-25.

“It is the yearly inspection,” Gary Norville, owner of the aviation business, said. “The planes go through continuous inspection throughout the year but this time of year, they get torn down and get a more highly detailed inspection than out on the road.”

The planes are used as flying museums and shown throughout the nation during special events and air shows.

Norville said the entire process takes about four months and is done every year. His company has provided the services since 1989. The FAA requires an inspection every 25 hours, he said.

Russell Durham, 87, of Daytona Beach, is at American Aero Services to see Witchcraft, a World War II Consolidated B-24 bomber, on which he was a waist gunner.
Airframe and powerplant mechanics at American Aero Services work on another World War II plane, the Nine-O-Nine, a B-17 bomber.
Tom White, an airframe and powerplant mechanic at American Aero Services, works on one of the four radial engines on Witchcraft.
(Photos: News-Journal/Roger Simms)

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