Restoration Update: November 2020

Nov 19, 2020

From the beginning, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has completed the restorations of most of their winged inventory in house, relying on the hard work and dedication of their volunteer restoration team.

The Evergreen Restoration Team is currently working to restore three historically significant aircraft; a WWII era C-45H Expeditor, a rare post-war British de Havilland DH 112 Venom, and a Korean War era North American F-86H Sabre. Our F-86 just received a fresh coat of paint as it completes the final stages of restoration. However, both the C-45 and the DH 112 Venom are both in the early to middle stages of restoration.

If you are looking for an opportunity to support the restoration of our rare and historic aircraft, we would love to talk to you about our Aircraft Restoration Partnership Program.

 Our F-86 H Sabre Project

The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States' first swept-wing fighter that could counter the swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights in the skies of the Korean War (1950–1953), fighting some of the earliest jet-to-jet battles in history. Our F-86 H is the “fighter-bomber” variant and it was in service after the Korean war.

 F-86 H Sabre Project

 

Our C-45H Expeditor (Beech 18) Project

During and after World War II, over 4,500 Beech 18s were used in military service—as light transport, light bomber (for China), aircrew trainer (for bombing, navigation, and gunnery), photo-reconnaissance, and "mother ship" for target drones—including our United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) C-45 Expeditor, and the AT-7 Navigator, and AT-11 Kansan; and United States Navy UC-45J Navigator, SNB-1 Kansan, variations. In World War II, over 90% of USAAF bombardiers and navigators trained in these aircraft

 C-45 H Project

 

Our DH 112 Venom Project

The de Havilland DH 112 Venom is a British post-war single-engined jet aircraft developed and manufactured by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. The Venom’s distinctive twin-boom configuration was derived from its predecessor the DH 110 Vampire. The Vampire was the Brit's first jet-powered combat aircraft and proved to be very successful in the immediate postwar period. The Venom was one of the most important first-generation jet fighters. There are reportedly only 4-6 flying Venoms left in the world.

Venom Restoration Project

 

Our restoration team is made up of mostly volunteer workers that works on a shoestring budget. Please consider making a donation of any size to help cover the costs of parts and materials.

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Gary and Norma Sohn

Great article on our Restoration Department. GREAT photoes.

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