Air Heritage C-47 Landing

Our goal is to restore “Luck of the Irish” back to the state it was in when it flew its last mission during World War Two on May 28th, 1945.

In order to do this, we must raise at least $150,000 dollars to be able to do the complete restoration the plane deserves. Any money raised over our goal will go towards future maintenance for the plane, to allow it to continue attending air shows well into the future as well as paying off the aircraft itself.

Please help by making a donation to our restoration project! Your donation will not just help in bringing a WWII aircraft back into the air, but it will help a World War Two Combat Veteran return to the air. Our plane is not just another war bird that will be painted up to look like another aircraft that served in the War with a decorated history. Instead, our plane has a documented and decorated history of its own; a history that needs to be told for generations to come.

To find out more about the project and to make a donation visit this link.
http://igg.me/at/C47B-Luck-of-the-Irish/x/3939849

OX5 Air Heritage Trip

Last month a group of Cliff Ball Wing members of the OX5 Aviation Pioneers stopped by Air Heritage for a tour. Here is what they had to say about their experience.

On April 20, 2013 a group of Cliff Ball Wing members of the OX5 Aviation Pioneers departed from the parking lot at Allegheny County Airport for a trip to the Air Heritage of Western Pennsylvania Beaver Air Museum. Trip was planned by member Norman Hogg earlier in the year. The group departed 10:00 AM with the fist stop at Sal’s restaurant for an excellent lunch and then the Spring CBW meeting.

At 1:00 PM the group was met by Bill Schillig, Air Heritage President, who conducted a tour of the museum facilities. CBW members saw numerous aircraft in various stages of restoration that included a Funk B-75L, F15-A Eagle, Jet Provost T3, C-123K Provider, OV-1D Mohawk, T34 Mentor, Fairchild 24, T-28B Trojan and L-21B Seneca.

In addition to the aircraft being restored, the group viewed the memorabilia area which is very complete with WWII memorabilia, models, and displays. The group was highly pleased with the work being done by Air Heritage and expressed their appreciation with thanks to Bill and Paul Schillig and other museum personnel.

On this day the Air Heritage was conducting an annual pig roast which serves as a fundraising affair for the organization.
-Clifford J. Yerkey, Pres CBW

View the pictures on their website or the video on YouTube.

Air Heritage C-47

2013 Annual Air Heritage Pig Roast
Benefits Air Heritage Aircraft Restoration Projects

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Where: Air Heritage Hangar, Beaver County Airport
Time: 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Price: $12.00 per person (children ages 10 and younger are $6)
This event is open to the public.

Come on out to the hangar for the 6th Annual Pig Roast at the Beaver County Airport on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 3pm-6pm. Visitors will be able to meet Air Heritage members, tour the museum’s aviation displays and view its aircraft, including a C-123K Provider, T-28B Trojan, L-21B Seneca, T-34 Mentor, and F-15A Eagle. This year will be a special year as we celebrate with a local Veteran who served during WWII in the same squadron that the newly acquired C-47 Skytrain flew with. It will also give you the perfect excuse to come out and see the newly acquired C-47 up close.

Tickets can be purchased at the hangar or from any Air Heritage Member.

Call 724-843-2820 for more information
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Air Heritage Inc.
Phone: (724) 843-2820
Fax: (724) 847-4581
Email: airheritage1@verizon.net

Beaver County Airport
35 Piper St.
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
http://airheritage.org
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Air Heritage C-47 Skytrain

Air Heritage at this time, would like to announce the newest member of our museum has touched down on our ramp. Air Heritage is now the proud new owner of a World War Two Veteran, a C-47 Skytrain.

Our C-47 has been sitting on the ramp at the Vietnam Huey Pilots Association’s hangar across from ours’ since November 29th, 2012 when they received it from Florida. We reached a deal with them to sell our OV-1D for their C-47 and the C-47 officially became ours late last week.

For all you OV-1D fans don’t be too upset though, the upside of the deal is that our OV-1D will be staying with us, even though we will no longer be the owner of it, at least for the time being.

Now for a little bit of history of 716.

Our plane came off the production line on September 13th, 1944 and was delivered to the USAAF as a C-47B, # 43-48716. It served in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) after arriving in Welford Park, England on the 27th of September, 1944, just missing operation Market Garden by ten days.

It briefly served with the 8th Air Force before being transferred to the 9th Air Force sometime before December of ‘44. Upon arriving with the 9th AF, it served within the 53rd Troop Carrier Wing, 435th Troop Carrier Group and 75th Troop Carrier Squadron. It flew two missions over the Battle of the Bulge resupplying the allied forces in late December ’44.

In February of ‘45, it moved to a new home base of Bretigny, France. From there it took place in the world’s largest airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day, Operation Varsity (March 24th, 1945); dropping over 16,000 paratroopers from several thousand aircraft to cross the River Rhine. On that day, our plane towed two Waco CG-4A Gliders full of troops.

At this time, we don’t have any more specific history of our plane except for dates of transfers within the service. By the time it was retired in 1972, it had been converted into an executive transport, VC-47D. Upon leaving the Air Force, it was used by the state of Florida spraying for Mosquitoes out of the Miami area. From there it was acquired by the Vietnam Huey Pilots Association who had it ferried here to Beaver County.

As for flying, our plane is in a somewhat flying condition. They were able to ferry it up here, but we will need to do some maintenance on it and get it repainted into its military colors before we can begin flying it to air shows hopefully starting next year.

So for all that haven’t seen it yet, why don’t you come on out and see our new combat Veteran.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Air Heritage! We are closed today and enjoying time with our families. We are open the rest of the week from 10am to 5pm but are closed Sunday December 30th and January 1st. If you are looking for an activity for the entire family this holiday season, stop by the hangar for a tour of our museum and our planes. You can find out more info at airheritage.org.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Google recently updated the satellite images in our area. Have you checked out the hangar and planes from above? Air Heritage on Google Maps

We are closed on Sundays but please stop by the hangar Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm to see these planes up close with your own eyes.

Saturday November 10, 2012 is the date for our annual Dinner Dance. Plan to attend and to support our effort to honor all veterans past and present. A catered dinner will start at 5:00pm to 6:30pm. The Swinging BopCat Big Band will start playing at 6:45pm until 10:00pm with an intermission to honor our vets. Please contact us today to reserve your tickets.

$25. 5:30-10:30pm Call 724-843-2820 for further information.

2012 Aviation Appreciation Day
August 11, 2012
Fly-In & Car Cruise
8:00am – 4:00pm

See a variety of airplanes fly-in. Static display of World War II, Vietnam-era aircrafts and artifacts will be on display. Tour the Air Heritage Museum and Restoration Center. Antique car show; kiddie rides and more! Breakfast and lunch served.

Sponsored by:
Air Heritage, Inc
Museum & Aircraft Restoration
Beaver County Airport
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
724-843-2820

Greg, Jim and Lee reinstalling the prop on the C-123K

Greg, Jim and Lee reinstalling the prop on the C-123K

Spread for lunch by the ladies of Air Heritage

Spread for lunch by the ladies of Air Heritage

Jim Little, Bill Schillig, Virgil Wyke, Brandon Arnold, Paul Lehuring, Jim Ackley, Don Mansfield

Happy Birthday to Jim Little, Bill Schillig, Virgil Wyke, Brandon Arnold, Paul Lehuring, Jim Ackley, Don Mansfield

Tom, Rich, and Ralph working on the wing for the L-21

Tom, Rich, and Ralph working on the wing for the L-21

I would like to thank Joe Lukus, Dee Lukus, and Lois Wyke for their tremendous work in the PX this past air show season. This effort from their work resulted in a check of $10,000 to Air Heritage delivered by Lois at our January general membership meeting here at the hangar. This will be put in the General Fund to pay for utilities, insurance, and hangar operating bills. Again this took allot of hard work and dedication on their part, so be sure to thank Joe, Dee, and Lois when you see them around the hangar.

Air Heritage’s annual Pig Roast will take place here at the hangar on April 21st. Ralph Zinkham, pig roaster extraordinaire will again this year prepare this delicious main course. Come out and enjoy a good meal, and enjoy the company of family and fellow Air Heritage friends here at the hangar. We need your support with these annual activities fund raisers, and asking that you get your tickets early so we have some idea of how many to prepare for.

I would like to announce another acquisition for the Museum in the form of a Phantom F4C that is located near Wright Patterson AFB Dayton, Ohio. This should take place sometime after mid-April after the military de-milling process takes place. The paperwork battle with the State Surplus people is near completion, the hard part will be taking the aircraft apart so it can be trucked to Air Heritage. If you can help in anyway in this endeavor, financially or physically we could sure use your help.

Bill Schillig
President Air Heritage Museum Inc.

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