Thursday, June 14, 2018
First saw this story in my print copy of Hemmings Motor News, then found this website. So, you're a gas station owner at your own birthday party in 1947. What do you do for fun? Well, why not make a bet that you could use a B-17 Flying Fortress as a canopy for your gas station, borrow $15,000 in cash from a friend at the party (who had it on him), go to Oklahoma and buy a B-17 that you don't know how to fly? Then, you could try to fly it ALONE, crash it into another B-17, convince the base commander to write it off and sell you another one much cheaper. Finally, bribe the local fire department with whisky to let you borrow their pumper trucks to siphon aviation fuel out of the other B-17s, fly it back to Oregon (with a copilot this time), and win the bet by putting it atop your gas station. That's what Art Lacey did. Seems like a perfectly normal birthday party to me. Find out how to help restore the Lacey Lady here.