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Who will finish first?
That is up to you! The Air Zoo's Restoration Team, now in the final phases of completing two mighty aircraft, is relying on YOU to make it across the finish line.
What do we need?
It will take around $50,000 to complete the restoration of each of these aircraft! The SBD has plans to return to Pearl Harbor in time for their National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day activities. A little closer to home, the F-117 will be moved to a more permanent location on the exhibit floor at the Air Zoo's Flight Innovation Center, upon completion - hopefully also late fall.
What can you do?
Vote for your favorite aircraft through your donation. Every dollar will bring these two aircraft closer to completion, as well as identify the victor. Let's be honest here, we love them both equally, but what a fun way to help support our Restoration Team's hard work and dedication.
Which aircraft can I vote for?
Use your donation to cast your vote for the Douglas Dauntless SBD-2P (Bu. No. 2173) or the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Shaba (tail number 817) – two iconic aircraft from different periods in our nation’s history. Can't decide? Vote for both, you can't go wrong!
Here are a few exciting fhighlights about these magnificent aircraft, and their Restoration Teams.
Team Leader: Terri Mucciante
This aircraft was delivered to the Navy as a photo reconnaissance aircraft – one of just 14 designed for this mission.
Bu. No. 2173 was erroneously designated lost at sea in 1942 but went on to fly in the Battle of the Coral Sea.
The aircraft actually crashed into Lake Michigan on February 18, 1944 – presumably due to carburetor icing. The pilot, John Lendo, was not injured in the crash.
On June 6, 2009 Bu. No. 2173 was retrieved from Lake Michigan on behalf of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum where it will go for long-term display upon completion.
Team Leader: Gordon Van Dalen
Designed as a stealth bomber by Lockheed Martin Nighthawks flew 1,271 sorties with an 80% success rate.
Shaba (tail number 817) first flew on January 8, 1986 and has just over 5,038 flight hours.
The highly decorated Shaba is one of 10 F-117s to fly at least 50 combat sorties and one of seven to fly in at least three of the four significant campaigns employing Nighthawks.
Shaba landed at the Air Zoo’s Restoration Center in December 2020 and will remain in Kalamazoo on permanent display upon completion.
Cast your vote now for the aircraft you would like to see cross the finish line first. You can vote more than once (we appreciate all your votes) and even for both teams! Every donation of $50 or more will earn you a special team specific window cling and bracelet.. The top supporter for each aircraft will receive a personal tour and seat in the cockpit when completed. Ready, set..... go! We look forward to seeing you at the finish line!
I am Team SBD I am Team F-117
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