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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 12:51 am 
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Any news on the C-97 and the wind damaged plane?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:49 pm 
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Check out this website to find information about the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation C-54.

http://www.proplinerinfoexchange.com/1- ... OCT12-2020


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:12 am 
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Now that our replacement C-54 is back in action (Currently at the paint shop), We turned our focus back to the C-97. We have recently made a deal for spares. It may take a while, but our next agenda item is replacing the #2 engine and getting the Angel back in the air where she belongs. It was quite a costly deal, so a major fundraising campaign will be undertaken soon.

We are working on our newsletter where we will make offical announcements about all this stuff.

Kevin

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:43 pm 
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C-54 and C-97 Update!! Lots of Big News!

http://www.spiritoffreedom.org/BAHF2022.pdf

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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2022 2:11 am 
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How much does fuel cost now? I hope some of those fuel outfits donate.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2022 10:31 am 
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Enjoyed this report over on the Propliner Info Exchange on the acquisition of the additional (K)C-97s :drink3:

http://www.proplinerinfoexchange.com/ba ... esc-97.htm


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2023 9:38 am 
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Yes, thanks. We are currently working on arranging transport of said parts and engines East from WY. If you want to help with that, we'd appreciate it. We'd really like to get the C-97 back up again.

Unfortunately, after the engine failure in 2019, the deal we had to get the spares was paused due to the uncertainty of shows coming back and income drying up. Then the C-54E was tornadoed. That took priority #1 because it is our bread and butter. getting the replacement C-54D up and running took just slightly over a year from the date of the tornado, and we're still working its quirks out, even after our cross country trek to Utah to celebrate our friend, Gail Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, as our #1 engine expired in the summer of 2022. We replaced that with one from the C-54E, and finished the season.

Afterwards, we were able to turn back to the C-97 deal and as you saw we made it. Now, we just need to get the parts from GEY to RDG and begin the long process of waking up the airplane once again.

Thanks for all your support over these crazy few years for us. It is appreciated more than you can imagine.

Kevin

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C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" 52-2718 (painted as YC-97A 45-59595)
C-54E/R5D-4 "Spirit of Freedom" 44-9144 BuNo 90414 (wfu April/2020)
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C-54E/R5D-4 "Spirit of Freedom" 44-9144 BuNo 90414 (wfu April/2020)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2023 8:42 am 
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Yes, thanks. We are currently working on arranging transport of said parts and engines East from WY. If you want to help with that, we'd appreciate it. We'd really like to get the C-97 back up again.

Unfortunately, after the engine failure in 2019, the deal we had to get the spares was paused due to the uncertainty of shows coming back and income drying up. Then the C-54E was tornadoed. That took priority #1 because it is our bread and butter. getting the replacement C-54D up and running took just slightly over a year from the date of the tornado, and we're still working its quirks out, even after our cross country trek to Utah to celebrate our friend, Gail Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, as our #1 engine expired in the summer of 2022. We replaced that with one from the C-54E, and finished the season.

Afterwards, we were able to turn back to the C-97 deal and as you saw we made it. Now, we just need to get the parts from GEY to RDG and begin the long process of waking up the airplane once again.

Thanks for all your support over these crazy few years for us. It is appreciated more than you can imagine.

Kevin


Glad to hear that things are moving forward Kevin!

Were the 4360 engines on the 3 aircraft at Greybull all of the same variant that can be used on the museums C-97? or close enough? I know there a subtle, and not so subtle deference's in the variants.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2023 9:31 am 
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Correct. They are all R-4360-59B engines. Exactly what is required.

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C-97 "Angel of Deliverance" 52-2718 (painted as YC-97A 45-59595)
C-54E/R5D-4 "Spirit of Freedom" 44-9144 BuNo 90414 (wfu April/2020)
http://www.spiritoffreedom.org


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2023 6:51 pm 
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Hi Kevin,

I understand the C-97 should be airborne again by the winter. If so, are you planning to take it to Oshkosh next summer please, or would that not be in the cards for the foreseeable future?
(I'm asking because I have to start long-term planning for next summer soon.)

Thank you and good luck!

Roger


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