This fundraising drive will help complete this restoration of a war bird that provided a very valuable training asset to our pilots preparing to fight in the skies over Europe, Africa, and the Pacific during World War II. The Greatest Generation deserves our respect and admiration. The Central Texas Wing is honored to do our part by restoring and flying these historic aircraft that played a critical role in our nation's defense. You can help! To get this Valiant flying again, a new prop ($6000) is needed, engine accessories overhauled ($2000), and hoses for oil, fuel, and hydraulics made and mounted ($2000).This BT-13 is being restored by the members of the Central Texas Wing in San Marcos, Texas. The aircraft had experienced an unplanned landing in a field due to engine failure in 2000. The Central Texas Wing took on the project in 2012. Inspection revealed an extensive restoration was required. Pieces of the aluminum sub-frame had to be replaced, numerous cracks and damage requiring sheet metal work, serious corrosion in the center wingbox and fuel tanks were just some of the issues. Work commenced on the fuselage and engine mount, stripping paint, inspecting welds, priming and painting them, sheet metal panels chemically stripped, inspected and repaired or replaced, all instruments overhauled, main landing gear struts overhauled, control cable pulleys purchased, and repairs to the center wingbox and fuel tanks. The center wingbox work took two years to complete. Actual assembly of this BT-13 has begun with the tailcone and engine mount attached to the fuselage and the unit is poised to reassemble the aircraft in earnest.