b'TERMINALSSFB 65Restored World War II Bomber Reflects Airports Military LegacyA restored PV-1 Ventura bomber and patrol aircraft from the World War II era is a prominent focal point of the $60 million makeover at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) in Sanford, FL.At 58 feet long and 17 feet tall with a 66-foot wingspan, its hard to miss the Lockheed-built plane, which sits atop a platform overlooking the newly renovated terminal.The PV-1 was the first plane based here in 1942, says George Speake, the airports executive vice president and chief operating officer. As far as we know, its the largest airplane displayed inside an airport terminal in the world.The plane is a vivid reminder of the airports roots as a naval facility. Commissioned in November 1942, the facility was originally called Naval Air Station Sanford. When it was decommissioned in 1969, the city of Orlando promptly bought the airfield and otherAmerican RA-5C Vigilante jet that stands on a pedestal near the infrastructure and renamed the facility Sanford Airport. The airportairports entrance. was renamed Central Florida Regional Airport in the 1980s and thenThe detailed PV-1 restoration took 15 years. Because displaying assumed its current name in 1996. the aircraft outdoors would have required continual maintenance, The PV-1 Ventura perched in the newly renovated terminal wasairport officials decided to display it indoors and make it a visual restored by a local group of veterans at the request of the Navalcenterpiece of the renovated terminal. Professionally curated display History and Heritage Command, a group that works to preservecases under the planes platform contain photos, military uniforms naval history and heritage. The same group restored a Northand other artifacts that reflect the history of the airport. Designed for the Future BAGGAGE HANDLING SYSTEMDESIGN / CONSULTATION / ANALYSIS/ ASSESSMENT / OAR SERVICESMaintained for Performance ENGINEERS & PLANNERSMORE THAN A CONSULTANTA trusted partner, passionate about aviation, dedicated to the industry, and committed to your airportBAGGAGE HANDLING SYSTEM /1-888-AVCON-99 | avconinc.com PASSENGER BOARDING BRIDGEAirport ServicesOPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCEwww.jsmandassociates.comsolutions@jsmairports.comAirportImprovement.comJanuary | February 2023'