The only one of its kind in the CAF fleet, the AT-11 Kansan has been undergoing restoration by the Lobo Wing for 16 years. Due to the extensive nature of the restoration and rarity of the aircraft it has taken a long time to complete the project. The Lobo Wing volunteers are committed and determined to seeing the Kansan back in the air sometime next year.
The goal is to restore the Kansan as closely as possible to its original condition when it was based in Albuquerque. The project has come a long way but is still missing a key component: the gun turret plexiglass dome. In addition, prior to flying more avionics are needed, including a certified ADS-B Transponder.
The job of a World War II bomber pilot was to deliver the bombardier close to the target so the bombs could be dropped with precision. Some of these pilots became legendary, while others we may not know their names. What we definitely know is what these bombardiers accomplished and the important role these men had in the war. We also know every single one started their journey to bombardier in an AT-11. With this aircraft the unique story of how a bombardier was actually trained can be told. This adds a vital component to telling and educating the public of the complete story of the bombardier.