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Louisiana State Museum unveils racing airplane replica

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne unveiled an exact replica of the WW-22, a historic racing airplane built in 1932 by Louisiana aviation pioneers Jimmie Wedell and Harry P. Williams, and a newly restored Williams Air Service shop coat at a public reception Jan. 14 at the Louisiana State Museum-Patterson.

The unveiling event caps a 35-year effort by Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Foundation volunteers and donors to replicate each air racer built by the Patterson-based Wedell-Williams Air Service Company between 1929 and 1933.

The WW-22 goes on display with replicas of five other Wedell-Williams aircraft that dominated Depression-era competition flying, as well as photographs, artifacts and an animated film celebrating the Golden Age of Aviation.

The replica WW-22 was handcrafted by historic aircraft modeler Jim Clevenger of Kissimmee, Fla., who built four other models on exhibit at the Patterson museum - the WW-44, WW-45, WW-92 and WW-121.

The Louisiana State Museum-Patterson is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

For more information about the exhibit or the museum visit www.crt.state.la.us.