BENEFITING: Intrepid Museum Foundation, Inc.
Help restore a significant piece of aviation history!
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has one of the most varied and unique aircraft collections in the nation. All five branches of the United States armed services are represented, and several distinctive aircraft from around the world are displayed with them. From the TBF Avenger torpedo bomber, a stalwart from Intrepid’s World War II service, to the A-12 Blackbird, a spy plane from the Cold War, the collection reflects some of the greatest achievements in military aviation. It focuses on a rich interpretation to inspire and educate children, families and adults.
In spring of 2014, the Intrepid Museum acquired a new aircraft for the collection, an XBT2D Skyraider. The Skyraider is a significant addition because of the history that connects the plane with the ship. In the 1950s and 1960s, Skyraider squadrons flew from Intrepid’s flight deck, including three tours in Vietnam. The most famous mission involving an Intrepid Skyraider was flown on October 9, 1966. LTJG William T. (Tom) Patton, flying with the VA-176 Thunderbolts, shot down an enemy MiG-17 over North Vietnam. This victory was an unusual instance where a propeller-driven airplane was able to prevail over a jet-powered aircraft.
The designation XBT2D indicates this aircraft as a Skyraider prototype, developed during World War II as a dive bomber. Skyraiders went on to be one of the most successful and widely used attack aircraft in the United States military. Displaying a prototype of such a historically significant aircraft is invaluable for the Museum. Therefore, the goal of our Aircraft Restoration team is to restore this Skyraider to its original prototype scheme.
Restoration for outdoor display requires hundreds of hours of volunteer work and your financial support! Help us tell the stories behind this incredible aircraft that bridged the eras from propeller-driven to jet-powered aircraft. With your generous support, we aim to complete the restoration in spring of 2016 and we look forward to welcoming you aboard for the grand unveiling!