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Museum L-A offers tour of Lufthansa project

Museum L-A is offering a rare chance to see the Lockheed “Super Star” reconstruction project with a behind-the-scenes tour on Saturday, October 15. The tour begins at Museum L-A at 9 a.m. for a brief bus ride to the Lufthansa site at the Auburn-Lewiston Airport. The bus will return to Museum L-A around noontime.

Reconstruction of this historic airplane has captured the imagination of the L-A communities and has attracted aviation enthusiasts from far and wide. Lufthansa’s non-profit foundation purchased three rare Lockheed L-1649A Starliner aircraft in a private sale in Auburn and is overseeing the restoration of one of these aircraft. The “Super Star” was the culmination of propeller-driven transport aircraft. Lufthansa Technik began the challenging work in 2008 to restore a historic Lufthansa aircraft to airworthy condition.

A Lockheed L1649A “Super Star,” which in 1958 became the first long-haul airliner operated by Lufthansa capable of crossing the Atlantic without refueling, will take to the air again when the reconstruction is finished. Heading up the reconstruction project is Lufthansa veteran Michael Austermeier. With the reconstruction nearing completion, this tour offers a unique opportunity to view the aircraft, learn about its aviation history and learn about the reconstruction process.

This is the second in a series of “behind the scenes” tours offered by Museum L-A in an effort to showcase the skills and innovative spirit of local businesses and the people who work in them. The third tour in the series will feature L.L.Bean manufacturing facilities in Lewiston and Brunswick.

Seating is limited. The $15 fee includes the tour and a round-trip bus ticket. For more information or to make reservations, call 333-3881 or email Museum L-A is at 35 Canal Street, Bates Mill Complex, Lewiston.

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