Vintage Wings Inc.
a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Historical Foundation
~"Vintage Wings Inc.’s mission is to procure, restore, operate and display historical aircraft, presenting them as a “living history”. Vintage Wings Inc. is dedicated to educating the public through direct participation, on the aircraft and the men & women who built, designed and operated these historical airplanes. The hope is that through direct contact and education, current and future generations will acquire and continue the passion and love that has kept these machines alive and flying."~
Vintage Wings Inc's Flagship
1942 Douglas C-53DO 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!"
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."
Work Days are Saturday-Sunday: 9am-5pm at our hangar on Hangar Drive, at the Franklin Venango Regional Airport, KFKL
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