Sweetwater WASP WWII Museum to receive restored BT-13 aircraft

SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The National WASP WWII Museum is set to receive a newly restored, vintage aircraft as part of a special program on Saturday, September 16.

The National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas will be receiving a restored Vultee BT-13 Valiant aircraft from American Aviation Heritage Foundation in Blaine, Minnesota. The group has put more than 20,000 volunteer hours and 5 years into the restoration of the vintage plane. 

The aircraft will be presented to the WASP Museum as part of the "Gift of Wings" program, inspired by WASP Betty Strohfus, as a way to celebrate the WASPs and their contributions to the military in WWII. 

The BT-13 was a basic trainer, flown by WASPs during their training at Avenger Field. 

The newly restored BT-13 will join 3 other vintage warbirds at the museum, including an airworthy Boeing-Stearman PT-17, an airworthy Fairchild PT-14 and a Cessna UC-78 that is awaiting restoration.

The events will begin on Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. when the aircraft will be flown in to Avenger Field, followed by a formal presentation of the aircraft to the museum. Educational programs will be offered before and after lunch. The day will end at 2 p.m. with a meet and greet with the pilots and crew who flew the aircraft from Blaine, Minnesota to Sweetwater, Texas.

For more information on the museum and its events, visit their website at www.waspmuseum.org.


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