They’re Not Superheroes…But Really Close – Warbird

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WARBIRD RADIO – They don’t wear spandex suits and capes but they do know a thing or two about saving warbirds.  Chris Henry and Rob Morelli might not be superheroes but they are two self-described “regular guys” who love warbirds.  Not long ago, they were driving by the Grissom Air Museum and noticed the B-17 needed some attention.  They stopped in and asked if they could help paint the airplane.  Fast forward a few months to today and Chris is on the Grissom Air Museum’s Board of Directors and the B-17 will hopefully have not only a paint job soon, but also a hangar to call its own. 

The idea of the regular “Joe” saving a warbird is what led Chris and Rob to launch  The website, still in its infancy, is designed to be a place for distressed warbirds to find some help.  If there’s a warbird in your town that could use some help…post it on and get the word out. 

To help raise money for the Grissom Air Museum’s B-17 the boys are selling t-shirts with The Miss Liberty Belle’s new nose-art prominently displayed.  All of the proceeds benefit the restoration and go directly to the airplane.  The idea of restoring a B-17 with t-shirt money is something many people said couldn’t be done.  In a conversation Tuesday afternoon, Chris tells Warbird Radio that the funds raised so far will cover the cost of the paint.  Chris says now they’re saving for sheet metal repairs and continuing efforts for the building fund.  Now that’s impressive!   In less than 24 hours the guys have met their first goal. is a simple, straight forward, grassroots idea that will grow into something much larger.   If you’d like to get involved and help an airplane in your hometown email the boys at and get started.

 P.S. – Go buy a t-shirt and help save a warbird today.

QUICK LINK:  The Warbird Rescue Website

Grissom B-17 Restoration – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday

Grissom B-17 Restoration - Warbird Radio LIVE! - Tuesday (Photo By Chris Henry)

TUESDAY – Chris Henry joins us to discuss the ongoing B-17 restoration in Grissom, Indiana.  Find out how you can help… tomorrow morning at 10am (EDT) on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Be sure and check out the pictures posted below.  Enjoy!

QUICK LINK:  Grissom Air Museum

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio


Grissom B-17 Restoration Gallery

Grissom B-17 Restoration Update – By Chris Henry

Grissom B-17 Restoration - Update By Chris Henry

WARBIRD RADIO -  (An Update From Chris Henry)  This B-17G is a late model fort built by Douglas.  It was built too late for WWII and went on to be a drone controller.  This B-17 would have airborn controllers riding along and would direct other unmanned drone B-17’s to where ever they wanted them to go.  They were used in Operation Crossroads where the Atomic bomb was tested and it’s devastation would be measured by these drones.   She came on display at Grissom in the 1970’s and has been here ever since.  She has been the source of parts for several restorations out there, and now it is time to get her back into shape.  We are trying to get her in a building for restoration, as well as get a display building up for her display.  Markings are being considered for the new scheme, but we are going to stay within  the 305th Bomb Group.  Just not sure which aircraft yet.  She is in very rough shape and we can use all of the help we can get.  – Chris Henry

Grissom B-17 Restoration Gallery (Photos By Chris Henry)

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