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Forgotten Widow

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The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum was founded in 1980 under the direction of WW II veteran Eugene Strine and his son, Russ.  As experienced pilots, aircraft mechanics and businessmen, the Strines were the perfect candidates to recover the Black Widow from Indonesia.  Together they would spend twelve years and thousands of man hours negotiating salvage rights and traveling halfway around the world to the remote jungle mountainside where the Black Widow lay.  They risked everything to save this important piece of aviation history, negotiating difficult terrain, dangerous working conditions and a maze of bureaucracy.  But their gamble paid off and in the end they emerged victorious.