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C-53 SKYTROOPER

Vintage Wings Inc's Flagship

1942 Douglas C-53-DO Skytrooper

"BEach City Baby"

Beach City Baby's Mission

The mission at Vintage Wings Inc. is to create a flying classroom; A mobile living history museum. While static aircraft in museums serve a distinct and valuable purpose, a flying aircraft with all its sights, sounds and smells simply cannot be replicated. The C-53’s cabin will become a classroom with passenger seats using learning modules highlighting key points in its distinct history that align with key points in aviation history. Guests will see the significance of its role as a Military C-53 and how it helped win WWII  and then as a DC-3A that created the model for the modern air transportation system.

Flying into airshows, fly-in's and other aviation related events, “Beach City Baby “will offer more than just a silent and empty cabin but a step into the past. Vintage Wings Inc’s core goal is to inspire future generations by telling the amazing history of 41-20095 as only it can.

 

After purchasing the aircraft in 2016, it took 2 years working every weekend year round to get our C-53 flyable after sitting dormant for 26 years. On October 6, 2018 C-53 41-20095 took to the skies for the first time as "Beach City Baby" with pilots Ian Hengst and Jason Capra at the controls. The aircraft landed one hour later at it's new home at Franklin-Venango Regional Airport where it's full restoration is taking place. Now we need your help more than ever to complete this next chapter!

 

Vintage Wings Inc. is a 501 ©3 nonprofit historical organization which relies on public and private donations. Please consider making a financial contribution to help keep the restoration going and to ensure she flies for years to come fulfilling its greatest mission yet.

Donate today to help Restore "Beach City Baby!"

^^^DONATE HERE^^^

Prefer to donate by mail?

 

 send YOUR check to:

 

Vintage Wings Inc.

PO Box 414

Washington, Pa 15301

Interested in helping?

If you're interested in seeing if you'd like to be become a part of the Vintage Wings Inc. Team, feel free to stop by during our work days to meet us and "Beach City Baby."

Public Work Days are currently suspended due to COVID-19. Please check back for further updates.

If you'd like to help "Restore the Roar" please email us at c53skytrooper@yahoo.com

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Markings by Aircorps Aviation

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Paint donated by PPG Aerospace

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Noseart by Django Studios

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Beach City Baby's recovered and rebuilt rudder. A few more coats of pink to go after stiching is fin
Third and final coat of Early WWII Olive Drab applied to the top ADF antenna today
Floorboard under the Hydraulic Panel. Before and After
Restored Hydraulic Valves and bailout bell. The airplane is slowly coming back to life piece by piec
Finished Radio operators seat
Beach City Baby's flight controls being recovered
Fully sandblasted, stripped, and repainted DC-3 flight control locks. Now to apply carpet to buffer
Finished details and trim pieces for cockpit side windows and hydraulic panel. Buttons added for ins
New yokes for the control columns on Beach  City Baby
Rebuilt speaker housing for cockpit. These are the communication speakers for the aircraft's radios
Cowl flap selectors, finished and before
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Finished floor panels for front of cockpit on C-53 _Beach City Baby
Finished and before..._Douglas DC-3 landing gear selector on hydraulic panel
Flap Handle, Hydraulic Hand Pump, and last gust lock have just been painted and baked. Still paintin
Beach City Baby's Right Elevator, rebuilt and ready for epoxy
Beach City Baby's Right Aileron, rebuilt and ready for epoxy
Beach City Baby's glare shield, complete with ashtray
Hydraulic access panel, front and back
Flight control _Eye_ bolts
Access panels for the Rudder, Elevators and flange brackets for the ailerons, all restored and ready
Cowl flap selectors, finished and before
Almost finished! Just a few more switches and one Voltage Meter to go before both new _old school_ e
Just got these guys back from Mance Plating, in Imperial, Pa. They did an amazing job buffing and co
Beach City Baby's Rudder, rebuilt and ready for epoxy
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Restored items this week
Newly restored Carburetor air funnels. This connects the actual carburetor to the air scoop on the n
Electrical relay cabinet cover for _Beach City Baby
Flap refurbishment. 1 of 4
Fully refurbished flap linkages
Cockpit window frames. Old and new
Restoration of more flight deck components
Fully restored and finished pilot seats
Tailwheel restored and reinstalled
Finished throttle quadrant on our C-53 Beach City Baby
The aft bulkhead door is now complete. I'm excited to see our logo on the aft bulkhead door
Throttle Quadrant hardware restored! Awaiting installation
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