Newly restored WWII aircraft now on display

Newly restored plane moved to exhibit space at Air Force Museum. (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)
Newly restored plane moved to exhibit space at Air Force Museum. (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – A recently restored World War II aircraft is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The PT-13 Kaydet trainer plane was moved into its new home in the World War II Gallery Thursday morning.

The plane was under restoration for 15 months. Restoration specialists removed old fabric and cleaned the wooden frame. It then spread a new coat of varnish and new fabric applied to restore the plane to its original look from 1959.

“During every phase of the restoration, we tried to follow original techniques and materials as much as possible,” said Restoration Specialist Casey Simmons. “It was so unique working on a fabric-covered aircraft, building the layers of finish until it was smooth and we could start putting color on. It was a very rewarding process.”

The PT-13 display will ultimately be part of an expanded Tuskegee Airmen exhibit scheduled to open in February 2015. The aircraft will be used to represent flight training during the war.

The museum is free, so you can get an up-close view of the aircraft now.

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