Engine Rebuild Finish Line
In the spring of 2019, the Commemorative Air Force West Texas Wing's Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver suffered significant engine damage when a piston failed during operation. Only replacing the failed cylinder could mask other internal damage to the world’s only flying Helldiver, so the Wing is performing a complete overhaul of the Wright R-2600 engine. The project costs approximately $80,000 including engine removal, shipping, overhaul, and replacement on the aircraft. Nearing the end of the project, the Wing is hoping to raise funds to help with the costs of transporting it to a location to have the finishing components installed before it can fly.
Given its unique status, the Helldiver is critical to the CAF’s living history mission. Without the ability to show a flyable Helldiver, the CAF’s mission is diminished, and the history of this aircraft will fade from public awareness. It is vital to keep this aircraft flying, especially near the dawn of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the commemorations during the 2020 season, including the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover.
While your donation of $10 or more is both needced and appreciated, there are some incentives for donations of various sizes. In order to receive your incentive, we will need your contact information when you donate, or you will have to message us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sb2chelldiver
$100 donation - Deck Hand
Receive a photo of the SB2C
$250 donation - Crew Chief
Receive a photo plus an SB2C challenge coin
$500 donation - Gunner
Receive a photo, challenge coin, and a limited edition ball cap