The initial chunks came from five different planes. The many other missing parts that can't be found and restored have to be fabricated under the watchful eye of Randy Kemp, the 56-year-old project manager who works with a changing cast of around 100 volunteers who have come from as far away as England just to be part of the effort.
Donations and fundraisers are helping pay for the project, which Shiffer says will end up costing millions. A benefit dinner in April at the museum will feature a talk by Amanda Wright Lane — a great-grandniece of Orville and Wilbur Wright.
IF YOU GO Visit the Champaign Aviation Museum, Grimes Field Airport, at 1652 N. Main St., Urbana, Ohio. For more information call 937-652-4710 or visit http://www.champaignaviationmuseum.org.The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.