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Famous museum brings war planes to Grayson County

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Historic planes are held inside of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum's hangar for restoration (KTEN) Historic planes are held inside of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum's hangar for restoration (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas-- For 26 years, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum has remodeled historic war planes in Addison, Texas. Now the museum is expanding its restoration project to Grayson County. 

"We look at it like going to a zoo versus a taxidermy." said spokesperson for the museum, Scott Slocum. "We like the airplanes running and flying so future generations can see what the aircraft were all about." 

Now the museum said they've reached capacity for the planes, and they're planning to expand into Grayson County at the North Texas Regional Airport

"We have acquired almost 60,000 square feet of hangar space," said Slocum. "We're going to start bringing more of the collection up here to have a greater presence in this area." 

Kenneth Williams heads the restoration project for the vintage planes. He said each plane can take up to five years to bring back to life. 

"We have three airplanes right now going under full restoration," said Williams. "There are other aircraft planned to come here for restoration." 

The museum currently has five employees to help restore the planes, but is always asking for volunteers. 

Michael McLendon, the president of Sherman's Experimental Aviation Association chapter, said his organization plans to help with the restoration. 

"We've got all types of experience from building aircraft, to repairing aircraft - from engine power plants, avionics, things of that nature," said McLendon. 

When they've finished enough aircraft, Slocum said they will work with the EAA to host educational events with the public.

"Our goal is to keep these things alive," said Slocum. "We want them to hear it and see it fly so they can understand what it's all about." 

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