TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Just in time for an annual WWII veterans reunion, the 390th Memorial Museum is completing a major renovation, which includes the installation of a metal sculpture on Wednesday, Sept. 28. According to a recent release from the 390th Memorial Museum the new sculpture will be based off one of the most famous WWII aerial combat photos ever published.
This new artwork will help rebrand the 390th Memorial Museum as the nation's 'Home of the B-17 Flying Fortress'.
"As the Home of the B-17 Flying Fortress, we secure our position as a both a WWII History Museum and a National Aviation Museum destination," said Walter Scales, the museum's Executive Director, in the recent release.
The 390th Memorial Museum is located on the grounds of the Pima Air and Space Museum and sees an average of 100,000 visitors a year. The museum has also undergone $2.5 million in building renovations and exhibit improvements over the last three years. The museum was a finalist for the 2016 Copper Cactus Charitable Non-Profit of the Year award by the Tucson Metro Chamber.
The facade will be completed just a week prior to the Museum Foundation's annual Bomb Group veterans reunion, where each year WWII veterans from the 390th Bomb Group return to Tucson to reminisce about their war experiences and to celebrate the museum they began back in 1984.
Artwork will be installed in the morning on Wednesday, Sept. 28, while the facade will be formally dedicated at a special event on Saturday, Oct. 8.