At the last Pancake Breakfast Greg announced that the chapter has indicated that it intends to raise $10,000 over the next three years to help EAA pay for the new wings for the airplane.
Over the year’s visits from the Tri-Motor have brought revenue to the chapter. Beyond that, it has brought many visitors to our airport and lots of smiles on lots of faces of those that have ridden on the plane.
Last year the plane was removed from service when some corrosion was discovered in the wings. These are the original 90-year-old wings. A shop was found that could produce a new set of wings with a price tag of $1,000,000. Of the total, chapters have been asked to commit $160,000 over the next three years.
The Board voted at their last meeting to commit the chapter to the $10,000 or Platinum level. If the chapter can reach that commitment level, they will be given the following in recognition:
- Golden Age of Aviation Weekend Retreat, August 9-11, 2019
(for individual donors or chapter representative(s) only)
An immersive experience at EAA including Bi-Plane or Helicopter rides, ground school, Ford Tri-Motor history lesson and extended flight experience, meals and an overnight stay at the Air Academy Lodge.
- Ford Tri-Motor Certificate Suitable for Framing
- Listing on a donor plaque in the aircraft
- Recognition on EAA website and Annual Report
I’ve set up a donation item at the Square Marketplace https://mkt.com/eaa690/item/ford-tri-motor-wings-campaign for you to make your donation. To follow the progress of the project you can go to https://tingoose.eaa.org/
The new wings are complete and it is hoped that the plane will be back in the air by the end of March.