The year is 1943 and the aircraft manufacturing and pilot training is in full production. One of these aircraft, a PT-19A, is complete and headed towards a training base in Mississippi. In April 1944, the aircraft arrives at Columbus Army Air Field in Mississippi only to learn the war machine is winding down. By June of 1944, the aircraft is at Laurel Army Air Field and remains there till the war ends.
It's Christmas time 2019 and the story picks up with the Mississippi Wing bringing the aircraft home. Col Bob Dunn loved and owned this aircraft for 41 years. He took anyone who wanted up for a ride and made the airshow circuit in Texas in order for people to see, hear and touch history. Unfortunately, Col Bob passed away this year and wanted the aircraft as part of the CAF. Here in Madison, MS., many young WWII aviators began their training on the PT-19.
Our PT-19 is a flyer but needs some TLC. In order to bring her home, we will need new tires, brakes, rubber hoses and "duct tape"! Being true to the era, our PT-19 does not have any electrics...yep, we have to hand-crank her to start. Additionally, she has wear and tear on some fabric and paint as well as being non-compliant for ADS-B.
Our goal is to get her where we can fly on a regular basis at airshows and events to teach generations what our parents, grand-parents and great-grand-parents did for America and the world. Your donation will allow us to bring this wonderful aircraft up to current standards and maintain her in an airworthy status. Your help will provide the parts, labor, paint and sustainment of this historical asset.