Donate to help rebuild the Liberty Belle B-17 Flying Fortress! (Our First GoFundMe!)
On June 13, 2011, our B-17 Flying Fortress Liberty Belle made a successful emergency landing in a field outside Aurora, Illinois due to an inflight fire. She was safely landed and since the fire trucks couldn't reach the plane, the aircraft was substantially damaged by fire. However, since 2011, we have been working diligently to get her back in the air!
We are approaching a major milestone on the her fuselage. Currently, we are working to complete the structural box (which is made up of bulkheads 4 and 5 in the front and rear of the bomb bay), plus a compression strut connecting the bulkheads along each side of the bomb bay and the catwalk that serves as the keel and connects the two bulkheads along the centerline of the aircraft. It has been a long, expensive journey for the aircraft's second restoration and we have a lot more work ahead.
We will spend and need to raise over $3M to get the Liberty Belle back in the air. We know this is not the best time to ask for money, so we are going to have occasional GoFundMe campaigns asking for a small, realistic goals of what we need during the current phase of the restoration. For this $2,600 goal, we are going to use the monies raised for parts needed for the bomb bay bulkheads. If you choose to donate, you will be responsible for helping complete this area of the B-17.
We appreciate everyone’s continued encouragement and support. Our Liberty Belle B-17 Flying Fortress may have been severely damaged, but not destroyed and SHE WILL FLY AGAIN. It just takes time and a lot of money! Our ultimate goal is to get our Liberty Belle restored and back in the air.
Our group of dedicated workers and volunteers have been making amazing progress on the rebuild in Douglas, Georgia. This is slowed only by the money needed to speed up our efforts. If she is going to fly again soon, we need to focus on finding more money and getting more people involved. Please visit our website www.libertyfoundation.org and follow our Facebook page “Rebuild the Liberty Belle B-17” for updates.