Warbirds News has been keeping very close tabs on progress with the Sandbar Mitchell project. As readers will know, Patrick Mihalek and Todd Trainor’s team have made remarkable progress in a very short space of time since their recovery of the B-25’s center section from Alaska last summer. They have systematically inspected the aircraft’s core and proceeded with a studied disassembly plan to refurbish or replace all of the aircraft’s components as they move forward with the restoration. Here is a short photo essay on some of their accomplishments in January.
In addition to their restoration work the Sandbar Mitchell team are continuing to acquire components and materiel for the project. Multi-faceted fundraising efforts are ongoing as well. Highly talented artist Ron Cole has created a beautiful print of the Sandbar Mitchell as she will appear once fully restored to flying condition. Limited to just two hundred copies, prints of Ron Cole’s painting are available through the Sandbar Mitchell’s online store. Also, FedEx is offering a small business grant via competition with a $25,000 grand prize and of course the Sandbar Mitchell team has applied. They really need our votes though, so please do vote each day you can at the following link. Smaller contributions can come in many different ways as well. For instance, if you have any unused Clecos they’d wish to donate to the cause, especially for sizes #5, and #6 the Sandbar Mitchell team would appreciate any you can spare. You can send them directly to the following address.