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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - World War II Gen. Claire Chennault's granddaughter got tears in her eyes as the fuselage of a fighter plane representing Chennault's famed Flying Tigers waited to be lifted into the National World War II Museum.

Nell Calloway came from Monroe, where she's director of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum.

Workers who rebuilt the wrecked Curtiss P-40E also were there Monday.

Flyboys Aeroworks head Rolando Gutierrez says they made most parts from scratch.

After it was painted to match the markings of the U.S. Army Air Forces group that absorbed some Flying Tigers pilots, the plane was partly disassembled and trucked to New Orleans.

A small crowd applauded as a crane eased the fuselage through a gap left in the second-floor wall.

Gutierrez says reassembly will continue into Tuesday.

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