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C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:35 am

The C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Needs Your Help!

On Tuesday, June 4, the C-97 Angel of Deliverance was returning to Reading, PA from Hagerstown, MD to participate in the annual Mid Atlantic Air Museum World War II Weekend event.

At a point 20 miles southwest of Reading, the number two engine suffered a catastrophic internal failure and had to be shut down and feathered.

While a routine 3 engine landing was made at Reading, we are now left in need of a replacement engine.

There are a few out there, finding a airworthy replacement may be difficult.

We are looking at a cost of around $300,000 dollars!

This amount will not only help us obtain a replacement R-4360-59B engine, but a meaningful supply of spares which will secure the airplane’s future for a long time to come.

If you can help, please send a donation to:

Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation
PO Box 782
Farmingdale, NJ 07727.

You can also donate directly via PayPal to Airlift48@aol.com.

The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation is a 501 c 3 tax exempt charitable organization.

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:56 am

Good luck getting her back in the air. It's been a pleasure seeing her in Reading the past two years. My daughter and I enjoyed walking through it this year.

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:02 am

Curious of how the project is going? Have you all been working on it?

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:50 am

No, we haven't really. We have been looking after the airplane and its systems, but there is nothing we can do with #2 until we source a new (or usable) engine. The airplane is (was) a flyer until the #2 failure. We know what's wrong, we need the funding to get the replacements.

KK

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:41 am

So about what would one replacement cost?

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:26 pm

That is an unkown as the party who owns the package deal will not break it up.

Several years ago, though.. I visited Precision Engines and they told me that it would cost upwards of 250K just to try to overhaul one.

(I know they're out of business now, but it was still a staggering number)

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:47 am

Might be worth consulting with Dennis Sanders if you haven't already.

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:57 pm

What is a packaged deal? Lots of spare parts other than engine?

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:51 am

Yes. Several known engines and a whole lot of spare parts.

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:30 pm

Just a thought, would an engine (or parts of) off the Spruce Goose work on your C-97 if a trade could be worked out? They must be the lowest time 4360s around.

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:03 am

An older series / version of the engine. It has 7 high tension magneto's and the C97 4 low tension mag's. Then fitting the exhaust system, and other things that maybe different, like possibly the nose case etc.

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:07 pm

OK,thanks.

Re: C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" Engine Needed. (Fundraising)

Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:01 am

Any leftover Super Corsair engines in Chino?
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