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Don Brooks


Don Brooks is a lifelong resident of Douglas, Georgia where he attended the public school system and two years at South Georgia College. In 1972 he graduated from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan with a Bachelors in Business Administration. He returned to Douglas to work in the family business, Brooks Auto Parts/Supply that was founded by his father, Elton Brooks, in 1937. After his fathers death in 1978 Don took over as President and CEO of the company. The business has continued to grow and is recognized as the largest group of privately owned NAPA stores in North America.

Don has developed a deep interest in military aviation history due to his father's military service with the Army Air Corps during World War II. Elton Brooks served as a tail gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress and flew 37 combat missions with the 390th Bomb Group operating out of England during the war.

It is Don's belief that recovery and restoration of the historic aircraft of the war pays honor and tribute to the veterans of that war as well as all veterans. When current and future generations see the aircraft their relatives built, maintained, flew or died in, we keep their memories alive.

Don played a significant roll in the location and recovery of the P-38 "Glacier Girl" from Greenland. The recovery of the B-17 from Labrador completes the first phase of a project that Don started in 1990. This aircraft, like the numerous other warbirds that he has acquired, will be restored to flying condition for future generations.