N1387V, a 1941 PT-17 Stearman trainer, has a storied history that was jeopardized by a crash in 1986 in the Oquirrh mountains near Salt Lake City. After salvage that year it was donated to the Utah Wing of the CAF. It was rebuilt and put into service introducing thousands to the joy of open-cockpit flying while educating them about the significant history of WW II aviation. Additionally, hundreds of Stearman rides have been donated to WWII veterans as we highlight the stories of their service.
Now the airplane is in serious need of repair (new brakes, radios, seats) and restoration (new fabric, and paint). The Utah CAF Wing engaged the project last winter when volunteers totally restored the four wings. After a summer of rides and air shows it is time to complete the restoration by stripping the fuselage down and restoring each component factory fresh for future experiences.
The love of the local CAF members for 387V is reflected in the many hours of past and current restoration service. These hours will need to be amplified by funds to purchase key components, services, and supplies that result in a safe, beautifully-skinned aircraft that represents the CAF's mission and stewardship of aircraft and their accompanying histories. Your contributions make a difference and are received with gratitude as we consider all of the united efforts to keep this cherished aircraft flying.