chuckie_in_flight.jpgThe primary mission of the Vintage Flying Museum, a Texas 501C(3) Non Profit, is to preserve America's flying heritage in Word, Deed and Action. Over 200 members now support these efforts. Twenty aircraft are on exhibit including several which are extremely rare and historic. Additional displays include a dedicated reciprocal and jet engine room, an FAA Aviation Education Resource Center, WWII memorabilia and artifact exhibits, a unique aircraft model exhibit and gift shop. One of our greatest achievements and contributions to the community is the development of our aviation education programs. Since 1993, the Vintage Flying Museum, in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration, has been offering the Dallas/Fort Worth Community a broad-based series of educational programs.

Chuckie ready to "slip the surly bonds..."
These programs include aviation summer camps for middle and high school students, aviation workshops for teachers, and "Take Flight Days", (a 1-day aviation experience for elementary students).

VFM is the home to the B-17 "Chuckie", one of only a few operational B-17s in the world:
  • Built: 1/6/1944
  • Length: 74 feet and 4 inches
  • Wingspan: 103 feet and 9 inches
  • Height: 19 feet and 1 inch
  • Engines: 4 - 1,200hp Wright Cyclones
  • Status: Finishing up the annual and wing bolt inspection, FLYING LATE SPRING 2010!!

10 Jan 10 Keep 'Em Flying

Chcukie_Crew.JPGSponsors are needed to help get the B-17 Chuckie airborne and up to Michigan this summer for Thunder Over Michigan. You can donate as much as you'd like, with the recommended minimum starting donation being funds for a gallon of avgas, $5 USD. So for the cost of a Starbucks latte we can keep one of our historic bombers flying, and rendezvous with the other flying B-17s this summer.
The goal is to raise $40,000, which will fund fuel, maintenance and crew lodging for the trip. One great way to help achieve this is to donate regularly, donate $5 per week. Sponsors will have their name added to a sponsor banner that will be flown to Michigan and later proudly displayed in the VFM hangar. Making a donation in a veteran's name is also a very appropriate way to honor veterans from all generations.
The best way to donate is to send an email to and Doc or Chuckie will contact you to make arrangements. Any and all funds will be greatly appreciated, Thank You for your support!
Kent Lewis, Captain USMC (Ret)

Sponsorship Opportunities:
$5- 1 Gallon
$25 - 5 gallon Jerry can
$50 - 10 gallon hat
$100 - 20 gallons
$200 - Primer Fuel
$275 - 1 Barrel of avgas (or about 1 cup of coffee per week)
$450 - Flight Membership
$1000 - Life Membership

FMI: Vintage Flying Museum

Vintage Flying Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.

PS: If you need a little more motivation, read about how donors helped build a brand new A1 Pacific steam locomotive. Their target donation was the cost of a pint of ale per week. The Tornado pulled her first passenger load 23 February 2009. Every little bit DOES count!