Mission

The primary mission of the B-17 Alliance Foundation, an Oregon nonprofit corporation, is to honor the American spirit of World War II. The restoration of the famous “Milwaukie Gas Station Bomber” is only part of the alliance mission. It is the personal stories of Americas “Greatest Generation” that drives our educational and inspirational outreach programs. By returning the Lacey Lady, a World War II B-17G Flying Fortress, to her original flying glory, the aircraft will fly in honor of the valiant men and women who served our country at home and abroad.

Please visit our Vision and Roadmap page for additional details.

Mission Milestones Since 2004 include:

  • Phase one restoration of the Lacey Lady’s nose section and ball turret
  • Relocating the entire bomber aircraft inside a climate-controlled hangar
  • Establishing a museum, community events room, and administrative offices
  • Creating a research library with over 900 books, 200 magazines, and memorabilia
  • Starting the Living History recording “Capturing the Family Stories of World War II”
  • Developing a restoration plan and phase schedule to achieve the goal of flight
  • Wing One dismantling, inventory, and inspection of each part removed
  • Launching a monthly third Thursday Veteran’s Coffee Club at McNary Field
  • Hosting Warbirds Over the West aircraft gathering and living history event
  • Presenting sponsor – ACE Awards (Aviation Community Excellence Awards)

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Together, we will return the Lacey Lady to the skies!