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CROWDRISE : Jun 11, 2015
Tax ID: 41-1808874
BASED: Minneapolis, MN, United States


The Gift of Wings

The American Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc., 501(c)(3) of Blaine, Minnesota, is currently engaged in an extensive and historically significant project: to restore to airworthy condition a WWII Vultee BT-13 “Valiant.” Upon completion our BT-13 will be presented to the National WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) WWII Museum at Avenger Field, Sweetwater Texas where it will become an essential part of the museum’s efforts to present the story of the brave women who flew virtually every type of military aircraft in the USAAF inventory in service to their country during WWII.

The acquisition of an airworthy BT-13 will serve to enhance the mission of the National WASP WWII Museum to preserve the story of the WASP for the benefit of future generations in a manner in which our nation’s rich and exciting military aviation heritage is translated into a rewarding learning experience for people from around the world. We anticipate that the BT-13 will be flown during museum-sponsored programs and aviation-related events nationally where it will serve to educate others on the important contribution of the WASP to the war effort.


We feel it is imperative to present history accurately and to keep the truth alive, even as memories fade with the passage of time. “Lest we forget.” The American Aviation Heritage Foundation seeks to foster an awareness of and an appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who designed, built, flew and maintained these magnificent aircraft, and to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.


Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men and women have died to win them.” We recognize the need to preserve our proud military aviation heritage for the benefit of future generations of Americans. If this was ever in doubt, one need only look to the faces of the children. They wonder at the sights and sounds of living history around them unaware, perhaps, of the tremendous price paid so that they, our nation’s youth, can sleep yet another night in a world at peace.

Tax ID: 41-1808874

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