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A more than 80-year-old monoplane popular with children at the McLean County Museum of History will soon be getting a new home.

The historic, single-seat 1932 Tilbury Flash was disassembled this week and prepared for storage. The plane is being displaced because the portion of the museum it occupied is being transformed into a new Route 66-themed visitor center. It will eventually be moved for display at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington.

Aviation enthusiast Don O'Neall was tasked with readying the plane for the move. According to reports, he says although it's sad the plane is leaving the museum, it will still be seen by a lot of people at the new location.

The tiny but fast airplane is painted bright orange and blue. It once recorded speeds of 115 mph.

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