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Eielson Airplane To Be Hung in Fairbanks Airport

Published On: Oct 24 2013 10:41:01 AM AKDT
Eielson Airplane To Be Hung in Fairbanks Airport
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -

An airplane owned and flown by Alaska pioneer aviator Carl Ben Eielson will be displayed again at Fairbanks International Airport.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports restoration of Eielson's 1923 Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" airplane is complete after six years.

The airplane in 1981 was hung from the ceiling in the airport.

It was taken down in 2007.

University of Alaska Fairbanks aviation department instructor Roger Weggel says 30 people helped restore the plane.

The Alaska Department of Transportation, the Experimental Aviation Association and Davis Construction plan to reinstall the airplane Monday.

Eielson flew the first airplane across the Arctic Ocean, crossing from Barrow to Point Barrow to Spitsbergen, Norway, in 1928.

The Air Force base outside Fairbanks is named in his honor.