Coming down the home stretch! Thank you everyone who has donated to the L-17 - You are now a part of its history! With just a few days left, let’s try to meet the matching funding of $4500!
December 29, 2017
This L-17 is being restored in honor of Korean War Veterans. Within the campaign is a broader mission to teach younger generations about the men and women who served in Korea to ensure that they are NOT forgotten. May their legacy survive alongside that of the L-17. This airplane has taken on an even deeper meaning within the Wing as young Cadets have become an integral part of the restoration. Lead by experienced hands, and guided by the expertise of their mentors, the Cadets are not only learning about the aircraft and Korean War, but also the process of bringing an airplane back to life! An anonymous donor has pledged to match all contributions up to $4500 ensuring that your donations have twice the impact!
Unit: Minnesota Wing
Location: South St. Paul, Minnesota
Expected Completion: June 25, 2020
History The venerable North American and Ryan L-17's proved their value in Korea. The aircraft was known to be "tough and dependable" and was used extensively for Forward Air Control, flying Generals to the front lines, and other utilitarian functions. The L-17 played a major role as a contributor to over 40,000 Forward Air Control missions flown during the Korean War.
Progress Over the past five years, the restoration group has worked diligently in support of the project and is making great progress. The fuselage and wing will be mated together shortly, and thereafter, a new engine will be ready for installation.
Education As seen in the photo, the Cadets have contributed their efforts not only after school, but also sacrificed their Saturdays while rebuilding a "living" piece of history. The educational aspects afforded through this special opportunity are beneficial not only for them, but also toward the Minnesota Wing's broader mission of teaching the time-honored values of commitment, teamwork, work-ethic, and perseverance.
Tasks Ahead With a new engine ready to go, the propeller, propeller governor, and avionics systems have become critical path items. To keep the project on track for the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War, it needs your support now!
Vision As a beautifully restored and airworthy "classic", the L-17 will continue as an educational vehicle for the Wing. More importantly, it will continue to honor the folks who built, flew, and maintained these aircraft during the war.