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$345 pledged of $100,000 goal
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By DJ Doran
$345 pledged of $100,000 goal
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About

A WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT:

Pilot DJ Doran will attempt to set a record as the first openly gay pilot to circumnavigate the globe flying a WWII era DC-3. His crew & support team will be comprised entirely of an LGBTQ staff & straight allies.

DJ and his crew will depart aboard the "Bag Lady" from Indianapolis with stops in cities and countries around the globe promoting friendship and goodwill.  Our mission will allow us to tell the real stories of LGBTQ individuals, communities and organizations from many countries while highlighting the capability of the DC-3.

Our mission is fly a restored DC-3 around the globe in a bid to become the 1st openly gay pilot to circumnavigate while highlighting unique stories of extraordinary LGBTQ communities and organizations.
Our mission is fly a restored DC-3 around the globe in a bid to become the 1st openly gay pilot to circumnavigate while highlighting unique stories of extraordinary LGBTQ communities and organizations.

SPREADING LGBTQ AWARENESS:

PrideFlight2018 will also offer support and encouragement to LGBTQ communities and their allies that are struggling for even the most basic human rights, rights which we sometimes take for granted here in the U.S., but which we all deserve. We will shine a spotlight on LGBTQ individuals, communities and organizations who are fighting for equality every day.  Our flight and journey will be documented in video and blogs to share with the world the important reasons why we all deserve equality, regardless of sexual orientation. 

Our flight will break barriers while bringing a positive focus to our community through a feat of aviation worthy of world attention.

THE PLANE & OUR MISSION

The Douglas DC-3 ready for restoration to fulfill her mission with PrideFlight2018
The Douglas DC-3 ready for restoration to fulfill her mission with PrideFlight2018

We have located the plane that we want to restore for this mission. Once we raise the necessary capital needed to complete the acquisition we will fly her from her current home in Mexico to Long Beach California where she will be readied for the flight home to Indianapolis to begin the restoration process.

AN INTERNATIONAL MISSION ACROSS 30 COUNTRIES

24 legs - 30 countries - over 25,000 miles!
24 legs - 30 countries - over 25,000 miles!

 It's our goal to raise the capital needed to complete the funding needed to purchase of the plane, begin flight training and provide ongoing mission support through several sources. The flight will consist of over 24 legs and landing in over 30 countries and each leg will be supported by various corporate partners/sponsors.

 In addition to our Kickstarter campaign and corporate sponsors, we will raise additional funds through the sale of logo wear via our online store, advertising on our website and social media platforms, including our YouTube channel where we will post updates, videos and photos of the restoration process as well as a live video feed during our flight. 

We will create unique content from cameras mounted on the exterior of the plane and daily logbook entries for future use in a documentary about the flight is being produced. 

The 1st Engine Test

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Watch as the future Bag Lady engines are started by our pilot, DJ Doran during his initial inspection. Once we hit our initial funding goal, we'll be flying her back home to Indianapolis where she will get ready for the comprehensive restoration that is needed in order to carry her crew around the world.

Restoring the Future Bag Lady

Our Pilot DJ Doran at the controls
Our Pilot DJ Doran at the controls

 

Walking the wing during the inspection
Walking the wing during the inspection

 The Douglas DC-3 is currently residing in Mexico and has been predominantly used for flying tourists to coastal locations to watch whale migrations in the past.  She has not flown too often in these past years, but it is now time for her to get back into the sky.  This particular DC-3 is a military C-47 conversion which means she has the larger cargo door, expanded fuel tanks and reinforced airframe.  In addition to these features she has a newer and heartier undercarriage and landing gear.

The plane will be made ready to fly across the Mexican border to southern California where she will receive her very own "N" number before being ferried back to Indianapolis and her new home at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport.

The Plan

A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow PrideFlight2018 to restore and return this icon of aviation back to the sky where she belongs.

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Our plan is to:

  • Complete the purchase of the plane and fly it back to Indianapolis 
  • Begin the restoration
  • Depart Indianapolis sometime in mid to late 2018 to begin her around the world flight
  • Support LGBTQ individuals, organizations and groups worldwide while flying the DC3 in an attempt to become the first openly gay pilot to circumnavigate the globe.
  • Raise awareness and educate about LGBTQ issues such as equal rights
  • Foster cooperation and friendship while supporting civilian aviation

WHY Kickstarter?  How will your support help?

The bottom line, the goal of this Kickstarter is to raise the necessary funds needed to complete the transaction and ferry the plane back to Indianapolis. Any surplus funds raised through stretch goals will be applied to the restoration of "The Bag Lady" and related mission planning and support.

PrideFlight2018 is in the process of obtaining our 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Priming the Engine
Priming the Engine

 REWARDS!

Pledge $1 or more: Your name will appear on our list of supporters and you will get a big THANK YOU from the crew! 

Pledge $5 or more: Your name will appear on our list of supporters. PLUS you will also be automatically registered for VIP access to exclusive digital content such as behind the scenes videos, interviews and special announcements on www.prideflight2018.com

Pledge $10 or more: Your name will appear on our list of supporters. You will also be automatically registered for VIP access to exclusive digital content such as behind the scenes videos, interviews and special announcements on www.prideflight2018.com. PLUS you will also receive "Member Only" pricing on PrideFlight2018 Logo wear. 

Pledge $25 or more: Your name will appear on our list of supporters and you'll receive regular project updates, an emailed certificate showing your crew member status and premiere boarding privileges at events where the plane is displayed. PLUS you will also be automatically registered for VIP access to exclusive video content such as behind the scenes videos, interviews and special announcements on prideflight2018.com and "Member Only" pricing on PrideFlight2018 Logo wear. 

Pledge $50 or more: You will receive all of the above PLUS a military style dog tag embossed with PrideFlight2018, your name and crew status. 

Pledge $100 or more: You will receive all of the above PLUS a custom graphic PrideFlight2018 tee shirt. 

Pledge $250 or more: You will receive all of the above PLUS a quality 11x 37 panoramic side view lithograph of a DC3 suitable for framing and signed by Chief Pilot DJ Doran and his Crew. 

 Pledge $500 or more: You will receive all of the above PLUS (2) PrideFlight2018 graphic tee shirts, an 8" round embroidered mission patch and your name laser engraved onto a brass plaque as a Restoration Partner located on the forward bulkhead of the plane.

 Pledge $1,000 or more: You will receive all of the above PLUS a VIP guided tour of the airplane by Chief Pilot DJ Doran at any event where the plane is displayed. You will also receive a custom PrideFlight2018 graphic tee shirt, embroidered mission patch and an 11x37 glossy photo suitable for framing of the Bag Lady signed by the crew.

 Pledge $1,500 or more: You will receive all of the above PLUS recognition as a Bronze level sponsor and have the opportunity to sit in the cockpit during engine start at any U.S. event and be a passenger on a promotional flight of “The Bag Lady” when the restoration is complete! We will email a certificate good for one passenger flight that can be redeemed by you, or a person of your choosing. An online schedule posted on prideflight2018.com will show ride availability at U.S. Destinations only beginning in 2018.

You will receive all of the above PLUS recognition as a Silver level sponsor and dinner with the crew at any U.S. destination where "The Bag Lady" is on display. (Travel to and from location not included). You will also have the opportunity to sit in the cockpit during engine start at any U.S. event and be a passenger on a promotional flight of “The Bag Lady” when the restoration is complete! We will email a certificate good for one passenger flight that can be redeemed by you, or a person of your choosing. An online schedule posted on prideflight2018.com will show ride availability at U.S. Destinations only beginning in 2018. 

You will receive all of the above PLUS recognition as a Gold level sponsor of the restoration. You will sit down to dinner with the crew at any U.S. destination where "The Bag Lady" is on display. (Travel to and from location not included). You will also have the opportunity to sit in the cockpit during engine start at any U.S. event and be a passenger on a promotional flight of “The Bag Lady” when the restoration is complete! We will email a certificate good for one passenger flight that can be redeemed by you, or a person of your choosing. An online schedule posted on prideflight2018.com will show ride availability at U.S. Destinations only beginning in 2018. 

Pledge $10,000 or more:  You will receive all of the above PLUS recognition as a Platinum level sponsor of the restoration. You will sit down to dinner with the crew at any U.S. destination where the Bag Lady is on display. (Travel to and from location not included). You will also have the opportunity to sit in the cockpit during engine start at any U.S. event and be a passenger on a promotional flight of “The Bag Lady” when the restoration is complete! We will email a certificate good for one passenger flight that can be redeemed by you, or a person of your choosing. An online schedule posted on www.prideflight2018.com will show ride availability at U.S. Destinations only beginning in 2018. Your name will be listed as an Executive Producer of the PrideFlight2018 documentary

THE MISSION ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

We will post constant updates to our timelines as we move along in the restoration process and during the mission. Stay in the know with behind the scenes videos, status updates, and get to know the crew behind this historic mission by following us on social media!

Risks and challenges

If the Kickstarter is successful we will be able to complete the purchase immediately and begin executing our plan to get her to Indianapolis.

Implicit to the vision for the PrideFlight2018 project is the restoration of "The Bag Lady" to airworthy status as quickly as possible.

An aircraft restoration project like this always involve some measure of risk alongside the joy of success. The PrideFlight2018 team have analyzed a myriad of risk factors involved with this DC-3 and we sent our experienced mechanic to conduct a detailed pre-purchase inspection, which concluded that the aircraft was a good candidate for restoration. The future "Bag Lady" was in airworthy condition as recently as 5 or 6 years ago and her airframe and engine logbooks are mostly intact. Most importantly the basic airframe is in solid condition with minimal structural corrosion. We are also negotiating to acquire a cache of spare parts and tools. The Douglas C-47 was produced in large quantity and is still used extensively in military and civilian operations today around the world. This provides a high level of access to spare parts, expertise and equipment. .

Finally, with a project of this size and scope, there are always inherent obstacles due to weather, mechanical malfunctions, logistical challenges and international laws and restrictions. We plan to have a fixed base here in the U.S. to assist us with flight planning, weather information, logistical, technical support, fuel availability and more.

This flight/mission will be by no means an easy task. We must coordinate and execute an entire flight around the globe of this 85year old aircraft which entails flying across several continents, a multitude of countries and vast oceans.

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