PV-2D 84062 before and after photos


These shots show what the volunteers at the museum under the guidance of Vintage Aircraft have accomplished on the Harpoon project in a short period of time

 


 

Please help us to reunite the veterans with the aircraft that they flew in WWII in July and early August

 

We need help to get Jim Daly back in the cockpit for a flight in our 1945 Lockheed PV-2D Harpoon. Jim flew Harpoons in combat in WWII and is one of the very few left that did. We want to get him back in the cockpit for one last flight. Here is where you can help:

We are hoping to fly our Harpoon to the greatest air show on earth; the Experimental Aircraft Associations Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. At Oshkosh we are scheduled to participate in the Warbirds In Review program on Thursday August 1st at 10am. At this event we hope to bring as many veterans that flew PV-2ís or our specific aircraft as possible. So far we have only found Jim and he is 94 years old.

Jim really wants to join us at Oshkosh but, as you can imagine, it will depend on whether he is healthy enough to make the trip at the time. Time is running out to meet veteran and to get them back in touch with our PV-2 which is why we need to get to Oshkosh and as many other shows as possible.

Our PV-2D Harpoon, 84062 or just 062, was built for the invasion of Japan but thankfully the war ended before that invasion could take place. Since she was no longer needed she pretty much went from the factory that built her in Burbank, California to the bone yard at Litchfield Park in Arizona. When she was sold as surplus in 1958 she had only 7 hours flying time.

062 then began a new life as an air tanker who fought fires for another 800 flying hours as tanker 101. In 1994 she was retired and flew to her new owner in northern California where she sat for 16 years untouched. She looked pretty sad as she had sunk down in the ground so far she was resting on her belly tank. Ground squirrels used her as a high rise apartment building.

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When the land where 062 had been sitting for so long had been sold the new owners wanted that junky old airplane off of their new property. Since no one else wanted her the scrappers were on their way to cut 062 up and melt her down.

The Stockton Field Aviation Museum was given the opportunity to save the Harpoon from certain death so they packed up their tools and flew to the dirt strip where 062 sat for so long. On October 3, 2010 after working on her for only 11 days 062 flew out of that strip and began her journey to return to her former military glory.

Steadily she is being restored with all of her crew positions and equipment, just as she had when she left the Lockheed factory, as a tribute to those of our Greatest Generation who designed, built, flew and maintained her. She has come a long ways from that dirt strip where she was waiting to die but now she has a new mission in life, to teach history.

To teach that history we need to get her out to as many air shows as we can for several reasons.  First we want her to get out and meet the people who designed, built, flew and maintained her. Sadly those from our greatest generation are passing at rate estimated at over 600 per day so time is critical. Of all of the Naval Aviators in WWII only a handful flew the all but forgotten PV-1ís and PV-2ís. Of these not many are still with us. We have found a few but we are looking for as many others as we can find before they are all gone. 

The other part of her history teaching mission is aimed at the offspring of the Greatest Generation. We want the kids, grandkids and their childrenís children to be able to see 062 and to crawl inside so they can see what it was like for Grandpa and Grandma to build, work on and fly this old Navy Patrol Bomber. Seeing, touching, hearing and watching 062 fly teaches so much more about the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation than would ever be possible if she were to just sit quietly in a museum somewhere.

We need to get her out to the public while we still can to meet her old friends and to make new ones and 062 needs your help to accomplish this mission.

It is expensive to keep her running and to fly her across the country so our museum relies on donations to make this happen. We have almost all of what we need to get 062 to Oshkosh to meet Jim Daly (WWII PV-2 combat pilot) and then to Topeka, Kansas on the way home to meet William Borst (WWII PV-2 Radio Operator) but we need an additional $7000 to assure our participation.

We have some incentive programs in place at our museum that are aimed to help our fund raising. For a donation of $5000 or more you can sponsor a volunteer to go to Oshkosh or you can even become a crew member on the Harpoon yourself. You can be a part of the amazing experience of bringing 062 to the public and being able to meet Jim, William and those that built, flew and fought in PV-2ís just like her.

Please help us as we are so close to being able to meet Jim at Oshkosh and William at Topeka.  If Jim cannot make it to Oshkosh because of his health we hope to bring 062 to an airport close to his home in Colorado on our way back from Oshkosh/Topeka. We have to plan our flights to the airport with the cheapest fuel as possible and sponsorship and donations make it possible for us to not only visit Jim but to actually get him back in the cockpit to take the controls once again.

Jim told us he would like to fly the Harpoon again if he can and we want nothing more than to be able to do just that. With just a little more help we can make this happen.

This is what we need:

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

 Taigh Ramey

President, Stockton Field Aviation Museum


More information can be found from the following sources:

For a complete photo documentation account of the resurrection of 84062 from the start to today check out the Warbird Information Exchange forum thread here:

http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=38160

For videos of 84062 on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pv-2d+84062&oq=pv-2d+84062&gs_l=youtube.3...4547.11675.0.12107.11.11.0.0.0.0.797.4157.0j1j3j1j1j3j1.10.0...0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.Kc0twahK2-w

For more information contact:

Taigh Ramey, President, Stockton Field Aviation Museum  taigh@twinbeech.com

Ken Terpstra, Vice President, Stockton Field Aviation Museum  redtracer2001@sbcglobal.net

Donations and sponsorship can be sent to:

Stockton Field Aviation Museum

7430 CE Dixon Street

Stockton, California 95206

 Phone inquiries can be made through Vintage Aircraft at 209 982 0273

 

PayPal donations to the PV-2 project can be made at this link. (Paypal keeps a percentage so checks or direct payments are preferred)

 

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=R5thCaYaVm54fIDr7RII2-WOcYXx_yU0zJKvGsYR3WupF1fOLv0NVDiC1rG&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d4e181b3aff599f99e8c17bd6c7fe2f56

 

Link to the Experimental Aircraft Associations Airventure web site:

http://www.airventure.org/

Link to the Gathering of Warbirds and Legends in Topeka, Kansas:

http://www.warbirdsandlegends.org/

 


 

TO ALL OF OUR COUNTRY'S VETERANS, WE HERE AT VINTAGE AIRCRAFT WOULD LIKE TO SAY:

THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR OUR COUNTRY!

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