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Consolidated PBY Catalina N7179Y

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THE STORY:

Consolidated PBY Catalina Unit: Lake Superior 101 Squadron Location: Duluth, Minnesota Progress: 45% Expected Completion: 2020

SUMMARY

The unit members of the CAF Lake Superior Squadron 101 are continuing the restoration of their Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina, becoming a rallying point in their community, with several other aviation organizations stepping up to help push this project across the finish line.

HISTORY

The PBY Catalina played an incredibly important role in World War II, particularly in the Pacific where they were responsible for tracking the Japanese fleet and hunting enemy supply ships at night.

In 1998, four years after the CAF acquired the PBY, a violent storm flipped the aircraft onto its back, catastrophically damaging the wing. The Lake Superior Wing took up the task of replacing the wing, and in 2009 a wing from another PBY was successfully mated to the aircraft's hull, and restoration work has continued ever since. 

PROGRESS

Last year's 12 Planes campaigned helped the wing to purchase sheet metal for patching key areas of the aircraft's skin where corrosion was setting in. Paint was also purchased for the PBY's upper and lower surfaces to prevent any additional corrosion issues.

TASKS AHEAD

AAR Corp, a large aircraft repair facility, has commited to refurbishing the aircraft's tail. the Lake Superior College's School for Aviation will be using the aircraft to teach students how to inspect for corrosion, and will be working on the fire walls of the PBY. The squadron itself continues to work on the wing restoration, asking for a goal of $7,500 to help purchase fabric covering and additional soda to blast parts of the wing structure. This goal will also help the wing in procuring a crucial bolt that needs replaced. the bolt holds the wing on, and needs to be a certain diameter to safely hold the wing in flight.

VISION

Once restored, the PBY will tell the story of the brave men who used these aircraft in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters as patrol aircraft, rescue platforms, and torpedo and night bombers.

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To This Fundraiser

$11,596

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sean Larabee

     

  • James Brunnworth

    $100

  • Patti & Dave Gates

    $100

  • Gary Baker

    $100

  • Gary A. Putney

     

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Wendy Atkinson

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Brian Matsumoto

    $75

  • jack fasse

    $50

  • OLIVER ALT

    $25

  • Jack Buchold

    $100

  • eric moore

    $250

  • John Heine

    $25

  • Mary and John Hosler

    $500

  • Mark Gregg

    $50

  • Herbert Crone

    $10

  • Mark C. Temte

    $50

  • Leah Schneider

     

  • Todd Klimas

    $50

  • David Ellis

    $75

  • Martin Zwahlen, Switzerland

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mark and Adele Foster

    $100

  • Alan Hoffman and Peter Hoffman

    $100

  • David Pasahow

    $200

  • David Edwards

    $25

  • Jim DeWolfe

    $50

  • Howard M. Ramshorn

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Bill Dodge, Major, USAF, Ret.

    $25

  • Jan Vidmar

    $25

  • Joseph W. Mitro

    $50

  • Annelle Pulliam

    $100

  • Robert Leggett

    $50

  • John Miksa

    $100

  • Karl Striedieck

    $100

  • DONALD C BECK

    $25

  • Anonymous PBY fan

    $100

  • David Krigbaum

    $50

  • Joseph Sharp

    $20

  • Max Rawlings

    $50

  • Steve Sumner

    $50

  • Donna Auer

    $50

  • Moreno Aguiari

    $25

  • LTC Sheldon Slater, USAF Retired

    $25

  • Offline donations

    $350

  • Daughter of PBY pilot

    $3,500

  • Brian Teter

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Steven & Kris Ginley

    $100

  • Pete Ruys

    $500

  • Tom Brinkman

    $25

  • Todd Erskine

    $250

  • Kevin Parks

    $25

  • Thomas Wilk

    $100

  • Offline donations

    $60

  • Col. DeWayne Tomasek

    $50

  • Phil Muth

    $50

  • Tony Fletcher

    $50

  • George Nickel

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Bernard Doyle

    $35

  • The Gambles and Christianson's

    $35

  • Offline donations

    $160

  • Offline donation

    $100

  • Mitch Carley

    $25

  • Edwin Ward

    $30

  • DANIEL GREENBERG

    $100

  • Kevin Brennan

    $100

  • Martin Bornheimer

    $25

  • Mark Matthias

    $100

  • Tod McNally

    $50

  • Loreen Killip-Marvosh

    $25

  • Jim and Amy Lauria

    $25

  • Mike Schrage

    $50

  • Jane Rondeau

    $25

  • Offline donations

    $200

  • Ethan Brodsky

    $20

  • Michael Klein

    $25

  • Offline donations

    $251

  • Moreno Aguiari

    $25

  • Offline donation

    $400

  • Jerome Davis

    $50

  • D.A.D.S Electronics Duluth, MN

    $250

  • Offline donation

    $100

  • Offline donations

    $175

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105% Raised of $11,000 Goal

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The Team: $11,596 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE

Amount Raised

$11,421

 

104% Raised of $11,000 Goal

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Kevin Brennan

Amount Raised

$100

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David Edwards

Amount Raised

$50

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Jan Vidmar

Amount Raised

$25

Donor Comments

Offline donation

Offline donation

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

Offline donations

Offline donations

DONATION: $175

4 months ago

D.A.D.S Electronics  Duluth, MN

D.A.D.S Electronics Duluth, MN

DONATION: $250

4 months ago

Jerome Davis

Jerome Davis

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

Offline donation

Offline donation

DONATION: $400

4 months ago

Moreno Aguiari

Moreno Aguiari

DONATION: $25

In support of the dedicated volunteers of the Lake Superior 101 Sqn 4 months ago

Offline donations

Offline donations

DONATION: $251

4 months ago

Michael Klein

Michael Klein

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

Ethan Brodsky

Ethan Brodsky

DONATION: $20

4 months ago

Offline donations

Offline donations

DONATION: $200

4 months ago