Meet the "Honor Crew" of our C-53-DO,

"Beach City Baby"

The inside of the cabin of our C-53-DO Skytrooper is a restored time capsule that honors the memory and legacy of our aircraft. On display will be many forms of the variations of it's interior and the different roles it played in WWII. While displaying these variations the aircraft's ten passenger seats and four stretchers are being restored to honor fourteen sponsored veterans and their service to our great nation during this time period. These fourteen veterans have become known by Vintage Wings Inc. as our "Honor Crew."  In fulfilling our mission of history, remembrance & education, each aircraft seat & stretcher will honor the name of a veteran chosen by the seat sponsor.

Our C-53's "Honor Crew" is as follows:

Sgt. Charles Bartolovich


Military Police

China / Burma / India Theater

Sponsored by: Harry Myers

2nd Lt. Kazimir Pulaski

WWII, US Army Air Force

C-47 / C-46 Pilot

Sponsored by: Mike Pulaski & Family

Captain Howard William Sass

WWII, US Army Air Force

C-47 Pilot, 314th TCG

50th TCS

Sponsored by: Jerry E. Sass & Family

1st Lt. Wilbur S. Riesbeck

WWII, US Army Air Force

Ferrying Division

Air Transport Command

C-53, C-47, B-24, B-25, A-20, B-17, P-38, P-39, P-40 & P-51

Sponsored by: Randy Riesbeck

Staff Sgt. Peter C.Kost

WWII, US Army Air Force

B-24 "The Sky Shark" Waist Gunner

392nd BG

Sponsored by: Doug Kost & Family

Lt. James E. K. Stewart

WWII, US Army Air Force

B-17 Captain

493rd BG / 861 BS

Sponsored by: Gary Lampman

Corporal Joseph Salina

WWII, 745th Railway Operating Battalion

Company C

China / Burma / India Theater

Sponsored by: Debbie Clarke

TSGT. Robert R. Clarke


Pacific Theater

Sponsored by: Kim Clarke

Captain Bill Riggle

WWII, 5th Air Force, 3rd BG

"Grim Reapers"

Pacific Theater

Sponsored by: Heather & Charlie Riggle Family

Gerald Audley McClintock

WWII, US Merchant MArines

All Theaters of Operation


Sponsored by: Jim & Janet Aaron

Flight Officer, Wayne Aaron

WWII, US Army Air Forces

State Side, US 1945

Sponsored by: The Aaron Family

S. Sgt Herb Jankovich

USAF, 121st Tactical Fighter Wing

Ohio Air National Guard


Sponsored by: Dawn Jankovich

 Sgt. Edward J. Wright

US Army Air Corps

C-47/C-53 Radio Operator

60th Troop Carrier Squadron

Operation Torch, Operation Husky


Sponsored by: The Wright family

Tel: 724-747-1514


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