Air Vwnture 2016 Photo by Davif F. Brown copyThat’s All, Brother spent the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 parked on the main showcase plaza, where visitors were able to tour the partially-restored aircraft and reflect on its historic role on D-Day, 1944. 

There continues to be great interest in the story of That’s All, Brother.  Here, CAF’s Curator Keegan Chetwynd gives a video interview.  He also conducted guided tours of the airplane each morning, each of them filled to capacity.

Keegan TAB interview

We were particularly honored to have a visit from an aviator that, himself, represents an important piece of World War II history.  Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle’s copilot, and is now the very last survivor of the Doolittle Raid of April 1942.    This September he will celebrate his 101st birthday! Lt. Col Cole came aboard That’s All, Brother and sat in the pilot’s seat.  He wished us well in our mission to restore and fly the airplane. 

 C8A0456 Richard Mallory Allnutt photo Dick Cole AirVenture Oshkosh WI July 27 2016

Many thanks to all the volunteers that supervised the ground tours, we really appreciate your help!

 C8A0299 Richard Mallory Allnutt photo Dick Cole AirVenture Oshkosh WI July 27 2016

We met with Basler Turbo Conversions of Oshkosh, who are doing the restoration work along with several other companies and individuals that are supporting the project.

 C8A2793 Richard Mallory Allnutt photo AirVenture Oshkosh WI July 31 2016

At a member gathering during the week, CAF President Steve Brown announced that our goal is to have That’s All, Brother finished and flying by Oshkosh 2017.  This will take a lot of support and hard work but we believe it can be done, to preserve and share the airplane’s story for generations to come.

 

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