Saving The C-53 Beach City Baby! – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 597

BEachCityBabyWEB2WARBIRD 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


QUICK LINK:  Vintage Wings Incorporated

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STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

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WWII P-47 Pilot Herb Stachler “PREVIEW” – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

MONDAY – Here’s a look back at one of our “best of” shows.  Matt’s back from Dayton, Ohio with a new Warbird Radio Presents.  Warbird Radio Presents – The Herb Stachler Story will debut later this week…but Monday morning Matt will play an un-edited selection of Herb’s interview on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Mr. Stachler has over 100 combat missions in the P-47 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission over Europe.  Tune in Monday morning at 10am (EASTERN) for a preview of Herb’s story.  Thanks for listening!STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

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Warbird Radio Listener Paints F-105 – Want to help??

F105-792-FEATUREWARBIRD RADIO – Long time listener and friend of Warbird Radio, Kevin Korterud, wrote the other day with a great story about some “weekend work” he and friend Mike Bates have been tending to.  There’s an F-105 at the Zanesville, Ohio Municipal Airport that’s long overdue for a coat of paint.

Both Bates and Korterud decided to “do the right thing” and take on the project.  The men have paid for everything out of the own pockets and have completed all the work by themselves (and some help from their kids).  As of today, the old Thunderchief is looking new. 792 is primed, painted and nearly complete.  The goal is to make her look like she did when she rolled off the assembly line.  The last bit of work is to add the USAF marking and stencils.

Because of the high cost of these graphics, Korterud and Bates are asking for some help.  The plan is to give everyone who donates a 8.5 x 11 photograph of the F-105 once she’s completed.  If you’d like to help, you can reach them by sending an email to address below.



The Big Summer Spectacular (Well Almost) – The Hartman & Hilt Show! – Episode 4


HnHGolfCartMAINIMAGEWARBIRD RADIO – With summer in full swing the boys decided to pull out all the stops and put together “THE BIG SUMMER SPECTACULAR”.  We’re still looking forward to hearing that show… but until we get it this one will have to do.  Enjoy the “almost” big summer spectacular until then.  Thanks for tuning in!

FYI…if you have a question for Hartman & Hilt be sure and post it in the comment section below or on the Warbird Radio Facebook page. 

“What Might Have Been” – Avro Canada’s Avrocar – Photo Tour

AvrocarKEYIMAGEWARBIRD RADIO – The Jetson’s idea of a flying car isn’t all that far fetched, just take a look at the Avrocar.  Currently on display in the National Museum of United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  Here’s what the museum has to say about it:  The Avrocar was the result of a Canadian effort to develop a supersonic, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) fighter-bomber in the early 1950s. However, its circular shape gave it the appearance of a “flying saucer” out of science fiction movies of the period.

A.V. Roe (Avro) Aircraft Limited (later Avro Canada) based its design concept for the Avrocar on using the exhaust from turbojet engines to drive a circular “turborotor” which produced thrust. By directing this thrust downward, the turborotor would create a cushion of air (also known as “ground effect”) upon which the aircraft would float at low altitude. When the thrust was directed toward the rear, the aircraft would accelerate and gain altitude.

In 1952, the Canadian government provided initial funding but dropped the project when it became too expensive. Avro offered the project to the U.S. government, and the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force took it over in 1958. Each service had different requirements: the Army wanted to use it as a subsonic, all-terrain troop transport and reconnaissance craft, but the USAF wanted a VTOL aircraft that could hover below enemy radar then zoom up to supersonic speed. Avro’s designers believed they could satisfy both services, but these two sets of requirements differed too much.

Research data originally indicated that a circular wing might satisfy both the Army’s and Air Force’s requirements, and Avro built two small test vehicles to prove the concept. Designated the VZ-9AV Avrocar (“VZ” stood for “experimental vertical flight,” “9” for the ninth concept proposal, and “AV” for Avro).

Tests with scale models at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, indicated that the cushion of air under the Avrocar would become unstable just a few feet off the ground. The aircraft would be incapable of reaching supersonic speeds, but the testing went ahead to determine if a suitable aircraft could be developed for the Army. The first prototype-the Avrocar on display (serial number 58-7055)-was sent to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. There, wind tunnel tests proved that the aircraft had insufficient control for high speed flight and was aerodynamically unstable.

The second Avrocar prototype underwent flight tests that validated the wind tunnel tests. If it flew more than three feet above the ground, the Avrocar displayed uncontrollable pitch and roll motions, which the Avro engineers called “hubcapping.” The Avrocar could only reach a maximum speed of 35 mph, and all attempts to end the hubcapping failed. The project was cancelled in December 1961.

The second prototype aircraft went to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., and the first prototype Avrocar came to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in 2007.

TECHNICAL NOTES: Crew: Two Engines: Three Continental J69-T9 turbojets of 927 lbs. thrust each Wingspan: 18 ft. Height: 4 ft. 10 in. Weight: 4,620 lbs. empty




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