That is not the original "Although she was too late for combat," Built in The LBC btw.I just checked my photos and my son and I toured Nine-O-Nine back in 2004.
It survived 140 combat missions.
So very sad. I appreciate the living history aspect of these planes and love that we got to experience her up close and personal, but at some point does preservation need to take precedence.
My condolences to everyone involved in this tragedy.