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Man builds new WWII-era plane from scratch

Metal fabricator Ray Moore has decided to focus on recreating "Lucky Thirteen", a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress that his Uncle flew during World War II. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Metal fabricator Ray Moore has spent most of his career restoring vintage cars.

Looking for a challenge for his fabricating skills, Moore decided to focus on recreating "Lucky Thirteen", a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress that his Uncle flew during World War II.

In a hanger at the Asheville Airport, Moore has collected different parts of over five different original B-17s and uses these parts to get the measurements to make new parts to build his new B-17 from scratch.

This is the first time an entirely new B-17 will be built since the end of WWII.

Watch as commercial airline mechanic Tom Bugala follows Ray Moore around his shop while Moore shows Bugala all the different vintage B-17 parts he has collected and the new plane he is fabricating from the vintage parts.

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