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Tue, Jun 26, 2012

B-17 Restoration Taking Shape At Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

Company Donates Power Supplies To Help Operate Some Airplane Systems

As part of the extensive restoration of a B-17 undertaken by the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, GA, California based Chroma Systems Solutions will contribute Modular DC Power Supplies that will provide DC power to the aircraft's radio room, turrets, flaps on the wings along with its landing lights and interior lighting. The Museum will demonstrate the use of this power supply by operating the B-17’s chin turret on Tuesday morning.

“The B-17 Flying Fortress ‘City of Savannah’ (similar aircraft pictured in file photo) will be restored to its full combat configuration, including operational systems and components, with the goal of making it the finest static display B-17 in the world.” said Henry Skipper, Museum President and CEO. Upon completion the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum’s B-17 will be the only static display to include three movable turrets. “In addition to being an important part of American history, the ‘City of Savannah’ will be utilized in the Museum’s educational programs and in its mission to preserve the legacy of the courageous men and women who served in World War II.”

“We are excited at this opportunity to power the ‘City of Savannah’ B-17 aircraft and contribute to its historical preservation.” said Steve Grodt, Marketing Manager at Chroma Systems Solutions. “It’s an impressive project that had some special power requirements. Our 62000B DC Power Supplies were the perfect power source for a continuous power application like this.”

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum received the final part of the B-17 ... the fuselage ... on January 14, 2009. The plane was transported from a storage hanger at the National Air and Space Museum to its permanent home inside the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum’s Combat Gallery. The Museum named its B-17 bomber “City of Savannah” in honor of one which left Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah and flew bombing missions over Germany in World War II. The “City of Savannah” will be restored to its wartime configuration. The bomber has remained on display inside the Museum during this restoration process.



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