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Operation 107 | B-25 Bomber Yellow Rose

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Kickstarter Goal Achieved - $15K Stretch Goal Announced!  

To each and every backer - thank you for successfully bringing us to our $10,000 goal to begin the refit on one of the engines on Yellow Rose! We have 10 days left in the campaign and we're announcing a $15,000 STRETCH GOAL. Our annual touring schedule starts in June and $45,000 for the next stage of the engine refurbishment is needed to get our B-25 back in the air. We hope you will share our project with family and friends - thank you for your support!

On November 3, 2017, Yellow Rose was making the final approach during its last airshow appearance of the year when it suffered an engine failure. The crew safely landed the airplane, but upon inspection after shutdown it was determined that the engine would have to be removed and replaced before further flight. 

Of the thousands of B-25s built during World War II, only 27 remain operationally airworthy. The Central Texas Wing’s B-25, Yellow Rose, has been a part of the CAF since 1979 and is the oldest airworthy B-25J.

With a full 2018 airshow schedule waiting, Central Texas Wing volunteers have spent hundreds of hours removing the engine and preparing it for overhaul.  We need you to join the team and help get the Yellow Rose back in the air.

Yellow Rose now visits an average of 25 cities and towns across the U.S. each year as an educational exhibit dedicated to those who gave their all for the cause of freedom during WWII.
Yellow Rose now visits an average of 25 cities and towns across the U.S. each year as an educational exhibit dedicated to those who gave their all for the cause of freedom during WWII.

The B-25 was produced for the Allied Forces during World War II and most served in the Pacific Theater to combat Japanese forces. The B-25 is best known for its central role in the Doolittle Raid, a retaliatory mission undertaken a mere 107 days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that turned the tide of the war.

Operation 107 seeks to capture the "can-do" spirit of the short period between the assault on Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle Raid.

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Telling the story of the Doolittle Raid has long been an integral part of the Yellow Rose mission. It took 107 days to plan, test, and execute the Doolittle Raid. The total cost for a new engine for the airplane is $80,000.  Our goal is to raise that amount in 107 days, harnessing the urgency that made the Doolittle Raid possible so that people can continue to experience this piece of living history. More than $25,000 has already been contributed, but we need your help to reach our ultimate goal.  $10,000 gets us to the next milestone for the engine replacement - the amount required by the engine rebuilder to begin work on the engine.

Among the airmen involved in the Doolittle Raid was Lieutenant Colonel Richard E. Cole, who served as a co-pilot of the lead aircraft. Lt. Col. Cole went on to serve in the China-Burma-India Theater and as Operations Advisor to the Venezuelan Air Force. Today he is the last surviving Doolittle Raider. Operation 107 seeks to honor this living American legend and Lt. Col. Cole is enthusiastically backing the project.  

Lieutenant Colonel Richard (Dick) E. Cole - the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard (Dick) E. Cole - the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders.

Established at San Marcos Airport in 1974, the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force operates seven vintage military airplanes in airworthy condition. These aircraft are housed in an authentic WW II hangar, one of the last of its kind.  Yellow Rose was part of the J series, which featured 14-18 machine guns specially positioned for low-flying attacks. Thanks to a complete restoration to wartime condition by members of the Wing, she has been operational for nearly 40 years, fulfilling our mission of education through aviation around the country.

The Commemorative Air Force is a 501(c)(3) organization and your contribution is tax-deductible in the U.S. to the extent allowed by law.  

 

Risks and challenges

The Central Texas Wing serves as a living museum for the city of San Marcos and the surrounding rural areas of Central Texas. The Wing seeks to inform and inspire by acquiring, restoring, and preserving a collection of combat aircraft flown by the armed services of the United States and select aircraft of other nations.

The Central Texas Wing has successfully mobilized significant numbers of volunteers in its decades of operation. With a volunteer force 150 members strong, the Wing has made significant progress in improving its hangar facility, carrying out effective community outreach, and adding aircraft to the fleet.

The CAF’s confidence in approaching this engine replacement successfully is based on numerous similar projects that have been completed since the organization was founded in 1957. The CAF is the largest operator of vintage military aircraft in the world, supported by a staff of 35 people at its headquarters and 12,000 passionate volunteers around the country.

It is acknowledged that while flying a historic aircraft can be a source of unparalleled inspiration and educational value, it also carries a level of operational risk. This risk is mitigated by the CAF's robust safety management system and our long track record of safe operation of the B-25 - one of the most common bombers types from WWII represented by airworthy aircraft today.

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    8 x 10 Photo of Doolittle B-25 Bomber

    Regular project updates plus an 8 x 10” photo of the Doolittle Raider’s B-25 Mitchell Bomber by renowned aviation artist Gaëtan Marie. The bomber is best known for its central role in the Doolittle Raid, a retaliatory mission undertaken a mere 107 days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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    Operation 107 Challenge Coin

    All of the above plus Operation 107 Challenge Coin. The front depicts the CAF Central Texas Wing logo and the back features our B-25 radial engine. Holders of the Operation 107 Challenge Coin will be entitled to complimentary cockpit tours at our home base of San Marcos, TX and at any event that the Yellow Rose attends in 2018.

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    2nd Lieutenant

    All of the items above plus you can show your support at air shows around the country with our popular Yellow Rose t-shirt. In addition, members of the crew of the Rose will be on the lookout for supporters wearing our shirt at our 2018 shows and may select YOU for a challenge. If you have your Operation 107 Challenge Coin when challenged, you’ll receive a certificate for a complimentary ride in our B-25.

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    Left Waist Gunner

    All of the above plus the ever-popular B-25 Yellow Rose commemorative hat. We will be looking for supporters wearing our hat at our 2018 shows and may select YOU for a challenge. If you have your Operation 107 Challenge Coin when challenged, you’ll receive a certificate for a complimentary ride in the Yellow Rose.

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    Radio Operator

    All of the above plus have a name engraved on a commemorative plaque installed in the left engine nacelle for the life of the engine. Honor a veteran or family member by sponsoring this in their name. Also receive a limited edition numbered lithograph of the Doolittle Raider’s B-25 Bomber. This beautiful 11 x 17 print is suitable for framing to display in your home, den, or office.

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    Navigator

    All of the above plus Lieutenant Colonel Richard (Dick) E. Cole's signature on your B-25 lithograph. Dick is the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders. This is sure to become a collector's item!

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    Bombardier

    All of the above plus 30-minute ride aboard Yellow Rose. This is a lifelong 'Bucket List' item for many people and this is your opportunity to achieve it! You will receive a Yellow Rose flight certificate that can be redeemed by you, or by a person of your choosing.

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    Copilot

    All of the above plus a die-cast metal model of the Doolittle Raider’s B-25 signed by Dick Cole. This high quality, 11-inch wingspan aircraft will look great on anybody's desk - especially with Dick's signature on the wing.

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    Pilot

    All of the above plus one-hour exclusive mission in Yellow Rose for seven passengers of your choice. This mission can be flown from San Marcos or any of Yellow Rose’s airfield appearances in 2018 or 2019. You can also choose to have your name or you company’s name appear on our sponsor wall in the hangar.

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