Documentary on historic World War II Maine Township warplane premiers May 2

  • A C-54 airplane, named the Maine Flyer, was dedicated in 1945 at Douglas Aircraft Co. in honor of Maine Township High School students who sold more than $551,000 in war bonds in two weeks.

    A C-54 airplane, named the Maine Flyer, was dedicated in 1945 at Douglas Aircraft Co. in honor of Maine Township High School students who sold more than $551,000 in war bonds in two weeks. Courtesy of 1945 Maine Township High School Yearbook

  • Maine East High School senior William Douglas Reyes of Des Plaines is one of about 20 students who helped produce a documentary about the Maine Flyer, a World War II aircraft dedicated in honor of Maine students who raised money in a war bond drive.

      Maine East High School senior William Douglas Reyes of Des Plaines is one of about 20 students who helped produce a documentary about the Maine Flyer, a World War II aircraft dedicated in honor of Maine students who raised money in a war bond drive. George LeClaire | Staff Photographer, January 2015

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 4/17/2015 5:09 PM

The premier of a student-produced documentary on the World War II warplane named in honor of Maine Township students who raised $551,000 in war bonds in only two weeks will be shown next month in Park Ridge.

"Faster and Higher, That's the Maine Flyer," a documentary produced by about 20 current and former Maine East and South students, will be screened at 4 p.m. May 2, at the Park Ridge Nonprofit Center, 720 Garden St. The documentary includes interviews with former Maine students who helped with the war bond drive in December 1944.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A C-54 Skymaster assembled at the Douglas Aircraft Co. factory -- on the site of what is now O'Hare International Airport -- was dedicated in February 1945 as the "Maine Flyer" in recognition of the students.

A question-and-answer session with alumni and students will be held after the screening.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.