The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing is participating in “Twelve Planes of Christmas”, an online giving campaign to support the organization’s education mission of restoring and flying vintage military aircraft.
Located at www.supportcaf.org, this campaign provides the public with an opportunity to support the CAF Dixie Wing’s World War era II N2S-2 Kaydet (Stearman) restoration. The classic biplane trainer, recently acquired by the unit, is currently disassembled with parts in two different locations. Once completed, the Kaydet will become part of the organization’s mission and fleet of historic aircraft.
The campaign to raise $30,000 will begin today, Dec 2, 2019 and continue through Dec. 31, 2019. These funds will be utilized for centralizing the project to one location, upgrading the fuselage, as well as restoration of the motor mounts and landing gears.
The Kaydet, a two-seater biplane introduced in 1934 by Stearman Aircraft Division of Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, became an unexpected success during World War II. The Kaydets had fabric-covered wooden wings, single-leg landing gear and an over-built welded-steel fuselage. Only radial engines were used. Between 1936 and 1944, Boeing built 8,584 Kaydets, in all versions, plus the equivalent of 2,000 more in spares.
Kaydets were widely used products of the Arsenal of Democracy, America’s massive industrial effort to support the Allied struggle and victory over Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. In addition to sales to the U.S. Navy and the Army Air Corps, the trainers were sold to Canada, China, the Philippines, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil for both military and civilian uses. CAF Dixie Wing volunteers plan to restore the Kaydet in honor of “Rosie the Riveter”, the cultural icon representing women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II.
To support this project, please visit www.supportcaf.org