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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:08 pm 
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I’m about done playing in the sandbox and am anxious to get back home to the Republic! One more and a wake up to go. Anyway, Crew Chief JR reported a good engine run on Sunday. Still dealing with a small leak on a tip tank. More fuel was added and a drip developed coming out the vent pipe. The new aux fuel tank was fitted and marked to go back to the manufacturer for final assembly. We have a tentative 15 May date to the paint shop. There is an invitation to the AOPA Regional Flyin in Missoula, MT the weekend before the Seattle appearance on 23 June. Kay spent most of her life in Montana so this would be a great stop. One of the themes is about the making of the movie “Always” which involved the Lynch Air Tankers A-26’s. But it is going to be tight between finishing the paint in time to make it. Will let you know how it goes! JR


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 1:04 am 
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Confirmed that Kay will go for paint as soon as we have the new Aux tank back and installed. It has taken seven years to get this far, but the finish line is in sight. If you can help us get across that line and get her to the grand debut at EAA Oshkosh in July, your donations would sure be appreciated. They are tax deductible since we are a 501c3 organization. Please make your checks or money orders out to Greatest Generation Aircraft Non Profit A-26 acct, % Vintage Flying Museum, 505 NW 38th St, Hangar 33 S, Meacham Airport, Ft Worth, TX 76106.

All of our WIX followers can make a difference. No amount is too small. $5 almost puts a gal of fuel in the tank so if everybody would contribute that small amount, it would make a huge difference. For those who have been saying they want to see Kay there, it is time to help make that happen. OSH does not fund our expenses to get there so we need sponsors! That’s you! Cmon, do your part and be a part of this memorable event to honor our A-26 vets.


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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 5:57 pm 
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We are disappointed to say that we have not received a single $5 donation from any WIXer to help get Kay painted. Many of the A-26 vets have been generous as has some companies and foundations. Now we are puzzled as to the possible reasons??? Any comments?


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 6:01 pm 
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One possible reason could be the immediacy of the message. If I'm surfing the WIX site and I see such a request, I usually participate right away. The problem from my perspective is you do not offer the opportunity to donate online via PayPal or other similar service. Whereas, by the time I'm through viewing, I've likely forgotten and a lot less prone to get up, find my checkbook, write a check and stick in snail mail. I believe if you created an online account, you would find a higher degree of participation.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 6:15 pm 
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Craig59 wrote:
One possible reason could be the immediacy of the message. If I'm surfing the WIX site and I see such a request, I usually participate right away. The problem from my perspective is you do not offer the opportunity to donate online via PayPal or other similar service. Whereas, by the time I'm through viewing, I've likely forgotten and a lot less prone to get up, find my checkbook, write a check and stick in snail mail. I believe if you created an online account, you would find a higher degree of participation.


Agreed - I've thoroughly enjoyed the posts on Kay and was going to donate (more than $5), but looked around for a link and couldn't find it. And then I got distracted and forgot about it. It's pretty simple to set-up a PayPal account to receive donations, and I would encourage you to do so.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 11:10 am 
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For the time being, go to the Vintage Flying Museum website to donate if it is too much trouble to write a check and mail it. www.vintageflyingmuseum.org. Look under the Join and Support section for the donate button. For full disclosure, instead of all your donation going to Kay, part of it goes to a third party (PayPal) for the convenience of using your credit card. If you really want to help Kay get over the finish line, now there is another way. Make it possible for her to be at EAA Oshkosh & many other shows that are coming up. Make some history happen!


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 12:42 pm 
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A26 Special K wrote:
For the time being, go to the Vintage Flying Museum website to donate if it is too much trouble to write a check and mail it. http://www.vintageflyingmuseum.org. Look under the Join and Support section for the donate button. For full disclosure, instead of all your donation going to Kay, part of it goes to a third party (PayPal) for the convenience of using your credit card. If you really want to help Kay get over the finish line, now there is another way. Make it possible for her to be at EAA Oshkosh & many other shows that are coming up. Make some history happen!

A26 Special K, for the past couple of years my sole income has been what I make selling stuff online thru Craigs or Barnstormers, etc., while waiting on my pension. Sometimes the coverage of E-bay is the place to be for best national coverage results. But the 10% cut and the 1% or so PayPal takes adds up. Most folks prefer the property transfer security of PayPal, but in a donation scenario ZellePay may be better for you guys. It's free, but not all banks use it, but more and more of them are. We use it where possible and an additional bonus is it's immediate into the account, which is a phone number...no waiting to clear like PPal. You could add that as an option on your donation page.
Sorry A26, the bux ain't at hand to donate to your paint project, but here's a info link to Zelle...
www.zellepay.com

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 4:03 pm 
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Well, we are encouraged by a number of things. A WIXr sent not 5 but a $50 check in the mail to help get Kay painted. This means there are a few people left who know how to do that. We have also received some thru PayPal via the Vintage Flying Museun’s website. With our understanding banker and other donations, we have enough to start the job tomorrow. We are delivering Kay to the paint shop after work. It is not too late to contribute and help finish the paint and support our trip to EAA Oshkosh in July. If you want to see her there all decked out in period paint and loaded for bear, now is the time to take action. Thanks for your support!


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 3:12 pm 
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From my desk - I'm sure it is unintentional, but some of these comments come across as a bit condescending. You're basically asking people to donate money to fund someone else's expensive toy and then aren't happy when the cash doesn't roll in. You may want to come across as a bit "nicer" about it.

"We are disappointed to say that we have not received a single $5 donation from any WIXer to help get Kay painted."

"For the time being, go to the Vintage Flying Museum website to donate if it is too much trouble to write a check and mail it."

"This means there are a few people left who know how to do that."


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 9:21 pm 
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Mike: if it sounded condescending, my apologies. Rather just baffled about all the supposed support and “anxious to see” comments over the past seven years. When we need help, what happened to that?Wasn’t asking for the moon either. $5 is all. Someone else’s expensive toy..?.really?.. it is a non Profit project to honor VN veterans who flew her. That’s the way we see her. Just frustrating to hear people who don’t understand that and think we are just playing with a toy. That’s way off base. We lost a team member yesterday who had helped to restore Kay & actually flew her in1965. Major Joe Maynard participated in the delivery of the first K models to NKP Thailand for secret operations over Laos. He was in the 603rd Air Commando Squadron which later evolved into the 609th Special Operations Squadron.This airplane is not a toy. It is a memorial to all those men who served in VN and to their families who had to endure the agony of not knowing if or when they would come home. So if you are around us, you need to understand that we are taking this duty very seriously. The loss of our buddy Joe has hit us hard as we were trying our best to finish her so he could have one last look. That’s all he wanted: “One last look!”


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:33 am 
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Very well said. My family has owned an SNJ since 1980, and every time I fly it I feel it is a tribute to those who flew it during a much more difficult time. However, I’ve also come to realize not many share that passion to keep something like a oil-dripping noisy piece of aluminum and steel alive. So, sadly, I’m not surprised your plea for funding didn’t get you much of a response.

Keep doing what you are doing, and be thankful for the guys around you who share the passion.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 4:48 pm 
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On this Memorial Day, we couldn’t let it go by without saying thanks to all of our veterans. It is remarkable that men and women have chosen to answer the call of service to our country all thru history and continue to do so even today. I never knew my Uncle Grady as he was killed in action in WWI on his birthday, Nov 5, 1918. To me he was just one of the family stories I heard mentioned as I was growing up. But my mother never forgot. She was a nine year old little girl at the time, but she knew that he didn’t come home and how concerned my grandparents were since he was listed as MIA. I have inherited the letters of correspondence between my grandfather, the Army, Congressman Sam Rayburn and finally a fellow soldier from their county who knew what happened to Grady during the Argonne offensive that ended the war. This last letter was dated 1923. My mother always mentioned to me over the years she would like to find where he might be buried. It was a thought that was never very far away from her mind....like so many other families who have lost loved ones in the service. Every day is a Memorial Day. As I began to understand how important this was to her, I started to research records and eventually found his name listed in the Meuse-Argonne American Battlefield Cemetery in Northeastern France. It made her very happy. But the story didn’t end there. His body was not identifiable so was buried in a section of the cemetery for those 954 without names out of 14,236 interred there. This was one of the places where seven bodies were exhumed and efforts were made again to identify them. This time though it was for a special honor. Thru a process of elimination, one soldier was selected to become the symbol for all those who were lost and placed in the Tomb of the Unknown. Could it be Uncle Grady is in that hallowed place? I don’t really want to know. If it is, let him carry on with the mission. That’s what we will do with Kay.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:00 pm 
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Just viewed the public facebook page, WOW, beautiful paint and first post paint flight. Gotta see it in person, gotta follow where it will be and be there. Retiring next year and will have more time to get it done. So much has changed since I first saw KAY, Chuckie was there and KAY was a diamond in the rough.


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I will be posting some of my behind the scenes photos of Kay on Instagram. Specialkayjr

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:09 pm 
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Our first appearance will be at the AOPA Reginal Fly In at Missoula, MT. Kay is returning to her roots since previous owner, Lynch Air Tankers was a Montana Company. Denny Lynch was involved in the making of the movie “Always” which featured A-26’s and the AOPA folks are going to have a visit up to Libby where part of it was filmed. Then we will continue to Seattle for an overflight of the Museum of Flight’s new Vietnam Memorial. Should be back home for a couple of weeks before leaving for EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. This is her first visit to the land of Wisconsin. Returning home July 25 so if you want a chance to see her all dressed up for the dance, better be there early in the week. We are planning to have two AF vets who flew the airplane during the war in SEA take her up for the Tuesday Airshow.


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