Saving The C-53 Beach City Baby! – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 597
WARBIRD RADIO – Just off the runway in Beach City, Ohio sits a historic C-53 in jeopardy of being parted out and eventually scrapped. Thankfully several months ago Jason Capra was driving down the back roads of Ohio and spotted 41-20095, sitting alone on the grass strip it’s called home for nearly 20 years. Capra, a young energetic airline aviator, who’s racked up an impressive 10,000 plus flight hours and nearly 900 hours flying the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation’s C-54, quickly formed a plan to save the C-53.
In a matter of months Capra’s ponied up his own money and reached a very reasonable purchase agreement with the owner. Capra’s also formed a US registered 501c3 organization “Vintage Wings Incorporated” to support the efforts of saving the C-53 affectionately called the “Beach City Baby“.
So why is 41-20095 worth saving? Take a look at this brief snapshot:
The “Baby” was on the factory floor when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and it was immediately pressed into service. January 29th, 1942 and sent to Bolling Field, Washington DC and assigned to the Ferry Command and on March 16th, 1942 and sent to Presque Isle Airfield.
In July 1942, 41-20095 was transferred to the North Atlantic Wing of the Air Transport Command where it shuttled troops and VIPs over many theaters of operation. It may have moved to the Pacific during its time with the ATC, as it was reported to have been General Douglas MacArthur’s personal transport for a two month stint. Stories handed down with the aircraft tie it to other American greats including General Jimmy Doolittle, Glenn Miller, and Eddie Rickenbacker. The aircraft was last assigned to FEA, Cairo Division until May 12th, 1945.
The “Baby’s” post war history is equally impressive, flying as an airliner and eventually becoming “Buckeye 1” and serving as the Governor of Ohio’s airplane. Saving the “Baby” is well within grasp for Capra and his team but they need to raise around $150k to make it happen. The best part is, this is something everyone can get behind. Small donations can literally save this airplane and get it flying again. Take a listen and then get involved! Let’s save the Beach City Baby! DONATE HERE
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