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Olathe Naval Air Station, now called New Century Air Center, is home base for the Heart of America Wing. As a primary training base during World War II, Olathe NAS, had scores of training airplanes, like this PT-19. Although this PT-19 represents an Army designation, rather than Navy type, it still illustrates the type of airplane aviation cadets first used during flight instruction. To honor the roots of Olathe NAS, this PT-19 has the original Olathe NAS logo painted on the nose of the aircraft. This iconic image helps preserve that local history and create a real connection for people in the community to the War.
PT-19's New Mission
The Heart of America Wing uses their PT-19 as part of the ride program and demonstrates how the aircraft was used to train young military pilots during World War II. In addition, the aircraft is used to overfly parades, veteran funerals, and memorials, promoting awareness and appreciation of America's military history.
How You Can Help
CAF volunteers are restoring the fuselage, engine, and avionics. The plan is to bring the aircraft back to airworthy status so that it can continue to fulfill the CAF Mission for years to come. Your support this year can help finish off the final assembly and painting.
ABOUT 12 PLANES OF CHRISTMAS
Each year the CAF holds an annual fundraiser to help support and highlight aircraft projects for planes in need of restoration, maintenance or repairs. Donors may contribute to a specific aircraft project or to the CAF’s Restoration Grant Fund.
Don’t want to donate online?
Call 877-767-7175 or mail check to: CAF Headquarters, P.O. Box 764769 Dallas, TX, 75376
The Restoration Grant Fund
The Restoration Grant Fund is a dollar-for-dollar match program created to help aircraft projects with the most need get back into the air faster.
Giving to a Specific Aircraft Project
If you have a particular affinity for an airplane, you can make a direct contribution to the aircraft.Scroll downto see all the projects looking for support.
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