BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Crash-landed near Fairbanks, scavenged for parts, abandoned for 44 years and overgrown with trees, the B-25 Mitchell bomber would have been forgotten.
Brighton Township residents Patrick Mihalek and Todd Trainor made sure that didn't happen to the World War II-era plane.
They rescued it and brought it to Livingston County.
With a team of 12 volunteers, the two men flew to the Alaskan wilderness in June and took apart the plane. A helicopter airlifted the 2,000-pound midsection, and a flat-bottom hauling boat took the rest by river.
"Everything was a great success," Mihalek said. "In four days, we had pretty much the whole aircraft disassembled."
... Mihalek and Trainor plan to restore the plane and make it the centerpiece of the Warbirds of Glory Museum. The museum will showcase World War II aircraft and allow Mihalek to share his passion for planes.
There's more, including a video, at the link.