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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders N7227C

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THE STORY:

B-17 Flying Fortress Unit: Gulf Coast Wing Location: Houston, TX Progress: 70% Expected Completion: Spring 2017

SUMMARY

Texas Raiders was the first B-17 Flying Fortress to join the CAF fleet and was acquired specifically to share the story of World War II airpower with the public at airshows and aviation events. Since joining the CAF in 1967, Texas Raiders has undergone extensive restoration in order to return the aircraft to its original B-17G configuration.

HISTORY

The B-17 is well known for the daring and intense daylight bombing missions over Germany, where the aircrews dodged anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters while carrying bombs to drop into Hitler's Third Reich.

The CAF purchased the B-17 for $50,000 in 1967, with Gen. Curtis LeMay suggesting the aircraft honor all Texas veterans. Thus, this B-17 was named Texas Raiders. 

PROGRESS

In order to ensure Texas Raiders remains airworthy, the Gulf Coast Wing has led several major restorations of the airplane since 1972, one restoration spanning three years from 1983 to 1986, and another in 2009 that addressed the FAA Airworthiness Directive to replace the main wing spar.

TASKS AHEAD

Texas Raiders needs to be repainted, with her current paint weathered and corrosion becoming an increasing concern as some areas have already been found and treated. After fresh paint, the Gulf Coast Wing will work to re-apply the airplane's iconic 381st Bomb Group markings, its mission tally bombs on the nose, and the ever important Texas Raiders Nose Art. The unit has set a goal of $25,000 for this application before she goes on her nationwide tour in 2017.

VISION

Texas Raiders will continue to appear at aviation events, providing Living History flights on the vintage bomber. In addition to honoring all Texas Veterans, the Gulf Coast Wing flies Texas Raiders to remind us of the sacrifices and efforts made by the World War II generation to preserve the freedom we enjoy today.

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To This Fundraiser

$14,086

MONEY RAISED
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  • Brian Teter

    $50

  • Martin Zwahlen, Switzerland

    $100

  • andy stanton

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Col and Mrs. Bruce Townsend

    $200

  • Ted Westerfors

    $50

  • John Jamieson

    $100

  • Ged W Randall

    $50

  • Dave Leidy

    $25

  • Fernando Cruz

    $20

  • Timothy & Havi Boulay

    $500

  • Offline donations

    $3,810

  • Christopher Joyce

    $25

  • PJB

     

  • Larry D Barr

     

  • Robert J Trout

    $25

  • John Hubbard

    $100

  • Andrew

    $10

  • Adrian Isaiah Vidaurri

     

  • Andy Feild

     

  • pelicanjohn

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • William J Browne

    $25

  • kip stockton

    $10

  • Edwin Shelton

    $25

  • LT CDR Paddy Baker, RNZN

    $25

  • Brien Poblenz

    $25

  • Jeffrey Williams

    $50

  • Joseph Pitt

     

  • Erika Goedeke

    $25

  • TMarquand

    $10

  • Wes Sanders

    $25

  • philip baldwin

    $50

  • Gene Ozella

    $10

  • Dean Cook

    $25

  • Dave Wallace

     

  • James Smith

    $25

  • Mathew Shember

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • William Frisby sr

    $250

  • Terry Fritschle

    $25

  • Barry E. McClung

    $25

  • Claudia Bauer & Fernando Marques Poza

     

  • Bill Stengel

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Adam Scott

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jed and Annette Doggett

    $100

  • Herb stratton

    $25

  • Willem van der Plaat

    $25

  • Jason and Valerie Fayard

    $25

  • Kraythur

    $10

  • Mr and Mrs Jeff Raider

     

  • O.V. Lancaster

    $100

  • Mike MacLean

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jason Tarzia

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Dick LaBrie

    $25

  • Gary and Wendy Babb

    $25

  • James Bradley

    $25

  • Andrea Carin Oliphant

    $50

  • Offline donations

    $260

  • Offline donation

    $100

  • Denny Ryan

    $25

  • James Henry

    $25

  • Edwin Bergmann

    $250

  • Steven Steward

    $10

  • Derek Burney

    $50

  • Lance Partain

    $25

  • Edwin Ward

    $30

  • John W Howell

    $50

  • Fredric Jeanes

    $500

  • John Cotter

    $25

  • Jess Bootenhoff

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Offline donations

    $150

  • Offline donations

    $376

  • Offline donations

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Glenn Carlson, Lt Col USAF, Ret.

    $100

  • Travis Stockard

    $25

  • JIM GARRELTS

    $100

  • Wayne Winfield

    $50

  • Mike Brown

    $50

  • Brad Smith

    $25

  • Joe Cook

    $25

  • Nuvel Shiver

    $25

  • Mitch McCullough

    $100

  • Marc Hollander

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • daniel int-hout III

    $25

  • VFW, Boonesboro Post 7098, Richmond, Kentucky

     

  • Offline donation

    $500

  • Offline donations

    $100

  • Thomas C.

    $100

  • Wayne D.

    $15

  • Marc Tuno

    $50

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56% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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The Team: $14,086 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Marc Tuno

Marc Tuno

DONATION: $50

In Memory of the Greatest Dad in the world Richard R Tuno 3 months ago

Wayne D.

Wayne D.

DONATION: $15

3 months ago

Thomas C.

Thomas C.

DONATION: $100

3 months ago

Offline donations

Offline donations

DONATION: $100

3 months ago

Offline donation

Offline donation

DONATION: $500

3 months ago

VFW, Boonesboro Post 7098, Richmond, Kentucky

VFW, Boonesboro Post 7098, Richmond, Kentucky

4 months ago

daniel int-hout III

daniel int-hout III

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 months ago

Marc Hollander

Marc Hollander

DONATION: $100

Way to go, guys! Keep her flying. 4 months ago

Mitch McCullough

Mitch McCullough

DONATION: $100

4 months ago