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UPDATE: September 14, 2013
out Mustang Resources, a page for information on all Mustang models
for enthusiasts, modelers and researchers.
all of our friends and visitors... After over 9 1/2 years, the work on the
Mustang has finally come to an end. While there are still tasks to finalize
the project, work on the aircraft itself is complete. See our
Progress Page for any final entries. On OCTOBER 1, 2013, this web page will
be replaced by a static web page, and will no longer be
We wish to thank all of
you who have supported us with your donations of parts, funds,
documentation and advice. We could not have completed this project without each
and every one of you!
Curt will be moving
his attentions over to the museum's TB-25N Mitchell Bomber
and I am beginning work on
the AT-6B Texan trainer. Web sites for these projects are still under
See a nice video about the project
by Ken Trevarthan
UPDATE FROM NORM MEYERS, PROJECT DIRECTOR of the
MUSTANG RESTORATION PROJECT
The Chanute Air
Museum is a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization that has worked
to preserve the military and civil aviation legacy of Illinois
and the nation. Chanute Air Force Base and later the Museum has
been an important presence in Illinois for over 95 years. It must
be saved for generation yet to come.
The Mustang Restoration Project has enjoyed the support of the
museum for nearly nine years, and its demise would mean our Project
would come to an end before its completion. Through the generosity
of people like you, the Project has been able to continue its
work at ZERO cost to the museum. Obviously, we want to finish
the work we are doing, and we are sending out this appeal to all
of our friends asking for your help.
We are asking everyone who can help to lend a hand. If you live
in East Central Illinois or West Central Indiana, please visit
the museum. The minimal admission fee adds up and is a great help.
Of course, donations are deeply appreciated, but what we ask for
is your help in making contact with individuals, organizations,
and corporations who may be able to assist the museum with the
funding that can keep it alive.
Please tell your friends, relatives, and associates and ask for
their help. Please have them contact Mark Hanson at the museum
with any leads or helpful information. The Museum phone is (217)
893-1613 and emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
There are many Americans who still value our HISTORY, HERITAGE
and FREEDOM. It's our AMERICAN IDEALS that make ours the greatest
country in the world. The Chanute Air Museum serves the public,
helping us remember the men and women who helped make this country
Mustang Restoration Project
Chanute Air Museum
Visiting the Museum
soon? Get your own LOUISIANA HEATWAVE POLO or T-Shirt!
Visit our gift shop.
of this website to a new server has caused some areas to be temporarily
unavailable. Please feel free to report any issues.
Note: The Richard
Bruce link in the MEMOIRS section has been repaired. Check it
MEMOIRS" is a page that gives P-51 pilots, crewmen and NAA
workers a place to tell their stories to the world. We are seeking
these unsung heroes to send in pictures and anecdotes from their
you have memoirs to share, CONTACT US !
and welcome to the MUSTANG RESTORATION PROJECT web site. We hope
you will find your visit informative and entertaining. Our project
is working to restore and refurbish the very rare North American
Aviation P-51H Mustang on loan to the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul,
using the links at the top of each page, you can see progress
reports on the restoration as well as historical information and
many pictures of P-51H Mustangs. Please tell all your friends
to visit here often. If you would like to be a part of the restoration
project, there are many ways you can help.
many of the Warbird restoration projects you are likely to see,
we have no wealthy sponsors or support from the US Air Force to
complete our goals. Instead, our project depends on the generosity
of enthusiasts like you to help us bring this World War II vintage
fighter back to her original glory. The P-51H was the last of
the Mustang series and, at 487 MPH, the fastest production fighter
of the war. Of the 555 that were built, only six remain in the
used as an Airframe Maintenance Trainer at Chanute Air Force Base,
the Mustang spent decades as an outdoor display and has suffered
the ravages of vandalism and weather from 1949, until moved indoors
at the Chanute Air Museum in 1994.
the Mustang Restoration Project, your donation actually goes to
rebuilding this rare P-51H Mustang, and YOU become a member of
the team of enthusiasts that are making this happen. As part of
the team, you can take ownership in the project, knowing that
you are the driving force that is bringing this once fine aircraft
back to its original condition. For about the cost of an airshow
t-shirt, you can participate in this grassroots effort and make
a real difference. What's more, you will receive a certificate
that you can display and your name will be listed on the DONORS
and SPONSORS page for all of your friends to see.
If you would like to be a part
of this project, click on the PROJECT
INFO link at the top of this page for more information. To
find out how the project is going, see my latest updates on the
PROGRESS REPORT page link.
PLEASE! Encourage your friends
and fellow enthusiasts to visit this site and the Museum site.
We are receiving new information and pictures from an amazing
array of sources, and all are greatly appreciated. To help generate
funding, we hope to offer site sponsorship, but we need to show
substantial hit rates to make it viable. We deeply appreciate
your help. If you have questions or comments about our page, email
Mustanger by clicking on the CONTACT
US link above or below.
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