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Two World War II B-29 bombers and 16 competition gliders were destroyed when fire swept through a 57,000-square-foot hangar at the Barstow-Daggett Airport. California Department of Forestry Division Chief Ralph Alworth said the gliders, worth $40,000 each, were being stored in the hangar in preparation for a weeklong Soaring Society of America National Championship, scheduled to begin today. The bombers were being restored. The fire that destroyed the 40-year-old hangar was started by overloaded electrical lines, a forestry department spokeswoman said.


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