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Dennis Schell's Fundraiser:

SNB Twin Beech N4207

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Dennis Schell

THE STORY:

COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE wrote -

SNB Twin Beech Unit: CAF Lake Indiana Wing Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Progress: 60% Expected Completion: Spring 2017

SUMMARY

The Indiana Wing is working to restore its SNB, the U.S. Navy/Marine variant of the civilian Model 18 Twin Beech. This airplane served in three major wars – World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. The old warrior will need an engine overhaul, new fabric and flooring, along with items required to convert the airplane from the experimental airworthiness category to the standard category.

HISTORY

N4207 was manufactured in 1943 by Beech Aircraft of Wichita, Kansas, as a Navy/Marine SNB-2. In 1954 is was remanufactured by Beech and designated by the Navy to a model SNB-5P, a photoreconnaisance trainer. It was then stationed at two aviation-training facilities and surplused out in 1967, serving as a non-flying maintenance trainer.  

PROGRESS

The Indiana Wing has already replaced tires, flushed the fluid systems, replaced an oil cooler and rebuilt a carburetor. The wing is hoping to raise $16,000 towards a total project cost of approximately $60,000. 

TASKS AHEAD

To fly the SNB, the engine will need to be rebuilt, and both propellers will need to be overhauled. All fabric needs replacing, the flooring, supporting structure and two seats need to be located and installed in the old photo bays. The long term goal is to show compliance with a Beech D-18 Type Certificate Data Sheet to obtain a standard airworthiness certificate to allow the aircraft to be operated on the ride program.

VISION

Restoring the SNB will allow the Indiana Wing to accomplish the goals of their annual CAF Warbird Expo all year round. This aircraft offers an opportunity to connect to people through the photoreconnaisance history of the SNB, showing how today's 3-D VR headsets, HD cameras, and satellite imagery started with World war II technology. The wing hopes to capture stereoscopic images from SNB events, allowing people to view them through Google Cardboard Viewers.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,510

MONEY RAISED
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  • Dennis Schell and Susan Pshevlotski

     

  • Bill Foraker

    $50

  • Fred Fritz

    $250

  • Herbert Crone

    $10

  • Nick Boland

    $100

  • Greg Peterson

    $250

  • Rick & Susan Brewer

    $100

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $3,936 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE

Amount Raised

$1,926

 

12% Raised of $16,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dennis Schell

Amount Raised

$1,510

Fundraiser Title

Adam Smith

Amount Raised

$500

Donor Comments

Rick & Susan Brewer

Rick & Susan Brewer

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

Greg Peterson

Greg Peterson

DONATION: $250

Thank you to all who served. 4 months ago

Nick Boland

Nick Boland

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

Herbert Crone

Herbert Crone

DONATION: $10

5 months ago

Fred Fritz

Fred Fritz

DONATION: $250

5 months ago

Bill Foraker

Bill Foraker

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Dennis Schell and Susan Pshevlotski

Dennis Schell and Susan Pshevlotski

In memory of Dick Cochrane, who worked on these in WWII and was later aircrew on a B-17 5 months ago