N49238 was manufactured in November 1942 and served as a training platform for fledgling pilots preparing for war. During WWII, the Corsicana airfield was established in order to train these pilots. The aircraft used was the PT-19 just like we have. Therefore this aircraft has a significant relationship with the city of Corsicana, TX.
The Pride of Corsicana celebrated her 76th birthday this past Veterans Day. Although she flies as well today as the day she was born, as with all of us she has developed some leakage along the way. The engines of WWII were not designed to last very long and ours is due for a rebuild very soon. We have to limit the distance we travel when going to air shows due to the amount of oil used per hour (somewhere around one gallon per hour).
Coyote Squadron is proud to take our aircraft to air shows in our local area. The ability to show the younger generation the aircraft that their forefathers flew is a privilege that we take seriously. Educating the younger generation about the men and women who served their nation in time of peace and war is an important duty. Being able to show them the actual aircraft that they used and which are still in a flying capacity is what being in the Commemorative Air Force is all about. We participate in approximately 10 air shows annually, provide flyovers for veteran's funerals, civic events and military related memorial celebrations. We completed our own 20th annual Corsicana Airsho which brings in many different types of CAF and civilian owned aircraft for the public to get up close and personal with. Come join us on the 2nd Saturday in May for our 21st show.
We hope that you will help us along in our quest to put aside sufficient money to rebuild our engine and keep the Pride of Corsicana flying for many years to come. Any amount will help. We thank you in advance for your generous donation.