Ambitious Campaign to Restore Two Iconic Fighter-Bombers at the National Museum of Nuclear Science

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will launch an ambitious campaign through Indiegogo – a funding platform for creative projects, directly supported by individuals who pledge money – April 14 through May 14, 2017, to fund the exterior restorations of two of the museum’s iconic fighter-bombers, the F-105D Thunderchief and the A-7 Corsair II.

The museum’s F-105D Thunderchief, a supersonic fighter-bomber that was sent to Germany to provide NATO nuclear retaliation capability during the depths of the Cold War, and the museum’s A-7 Corsair II, one of the Navy’s most capable attack aircraft that is also the only aircraft in the museum’s collection to have ever flown in combat missions, will both be the focus of a special initiative within Operation Preservation – a multi-year campaign to repaint and refurbish the iconic aircraft in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, Heritage Park.

“It is an honor and a privilege to restore these two iconic fighter-bombers back to their former glory,” said Brigadier General (Ret.) Jay Bledsoe, Restoration Project Manager. “They represent a time when our lack of technological superiority was overcome with dedication and just plain courage.”

This will be the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s third crowd funding campaign, as the museum successfully raised over $44,000 in 2015 in a similar initiative for its B-29 Superfortress, and it raised over $66,000 through Indiegogo last year for its B-52B Stratofortress.

The total restoration cost for both aircraft is expected to be $45,000. A little more than half will be paid for by the Indiegogo crowd funding campaign where the museum will aim to raise $25,000 in a one-month time frame. If this campaign reaches its goal in the allotted time of one month, the Museum will be able to purchase paint and primer, prepare the surface of both aircraft and then paint the fuselage and wings of both airplanes.

Through Indiegogo, April 14 through May 14,…

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