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Warbirds star in World War II Museum expansion

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Posted: Aug 26, 2010 11:34 AM
Updated: Aug 26, 2010 11:34 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: D Day, WBRZ, World War II, World War Two, New Orleans, Museum

A flock of warbirds will be the stars of the latest expansion of the National World War II Museum.

Construction of the $35 million U.S. Freedom Pavilion: Land, Sea and Air will be formally announced Friday as part of the museum's overall $300 million expansion.

The pavilion will be financed by a $20 million grant through the Department of Defense and $15 million given by the Boeing Co.

One of Boeing's most famous World War II aircraft, the B-17G Flying Fortress heavy bomber, will be a centerpiece of the new exhibit.

Other aircraft to be displayed include North American B-25J Mitchell medium bomber, a General Motors TBM Avenger torpedo plane and a Douglas SBD Dautless dive bomber.

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