WARBIRDS OF GLORY MUSEUM

Preserve, Honor, Mentor

aka Kittyhawk Academy   |   Brighton, MI   |  http://warbirdsofglory.org

Mission

Mentoring youth while restoring WWII B-25 Bomber Sandbar Mitchell. Honoring those who fought for our Freedoms.

Ruling year info

2014

Director

Patrick Mihalek

Trustee

Todd Trainor

Main address

P.O. Box 345

Brighton, MI 48116 USA

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EIN

46-2535717

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our programs seek to - Benefit both Michigan and the United States to help to close a growing workforce trade-skills gap. - Restore B-25 Sandbar Mitchell B-25 flying condition. - Honor our veterans and preserve U.S. History.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

World War II B-25 Bomber Sandbar Mitchell Restoration

The restoration of Sandbar Mitchell to airworthy status is a massive undertaking, being a public museum with the continued support of people like you we will return her to the sky within ten years. When restored she will be one of the most historically accurate B-25 Mitchell bombers flying today, restored as ship 8Z from the 340th Bomb Group / 488th Bomb Squadron.
This restoration is being accomplished by skilled volunteers, as well as the museum’s youth mentorship program. It is of vital importance to include our community’s youth in this historical preservation alongside our veterans, so that they understand the importance of honoring the greatest generation.

Population(s) Served

The purpose of the Kittyhawk Academy is to encourage American youth to consider skilled trades as a career and to prepare them for accredited trades school and certification. This is accomplished by engaging persons as young as 14 in learning aerospace and industrial skills through a hands-on mentorship program that includes workshop skills, craftsmanship with tools and CAD/CAM/CNC processing.

The Academy is hosted by an aircraft restoration workshop/museum where the youth work side-by-side with skilled tradesmen, community elders and veterans. Here youth gain not only trades skills but an appreciation of and contribution to American heritage by directly participating in preserving two historic WWII aircraft. An added attraction of the program, particularly for disadvantaged youth is that it is offered at no cost to the students.

Population(s) Served

Become a Guardian of History: A Protector and Defender of World War II History.
Receive a public webpage dedicated to honor a Veteran, your mentor, and your hero who fought for our freedoms while providing financial support to the Warbirds of Glory's Youth Mentorship program and to B-25 Sandbar Mitchell Restoration Program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to encourage American youth to consider skilled trades and aviation as a career and to prepare them for accredited trades school and certification. This is accomplished by engaging Southeast Michigan youth ages 12 and up in learning aerospace and industrial skills through a hands-on mentorship program that includes workshop skills, craftsmanship and CAD/CAM/CNC processing. The Academy is hosted by an aircraft restoration workshop/museum where the youth work side-by-side with skilled tradesmen, community elders and veterans. Here youth gain not only trades skills but an appreciation of and contribution to American heritage by directly participating in preserving two historic WWII aircraft. An added attraction of the program, particularly for economically disadvantaged youth is that it is offered at no cost to the students.

Our strategy is accomplished by engaging Southeast Michigan youth ages 12 and up in learning aerospace and industrial skills through a hands-on mentorship program that includes workshop skills, craftsmanship and CAD/CAM/CNC processing. Our program is called Kittyhawk Academy. This program is held at Warbirds of Glory aircraft restoration workshop/museum where the youth work side-by-side with skilled tradesmen, community elders and veterans. Here youth gain not only trades skills but an appreciation of and contribution to American heritage by directly participating in preserving two historic WWII aircraft. An added attraction our program, particularly for economically disadvantaged youth is that it is offered at no cost to the students.

For students with little to no previous workshop experience, the academy offers a mentorship series that is curriculum-based and focused to provide a wide range of workshop and trade experiences. Students as young as 12 years receive hands-on lessons in toolmanship, workshop operations, mechanical comprehension, CNC machinery, repairs,
metal forming and problem solving. Our curriculum is specifically created to introduce young students to the concepts, processes and disciplines that are universal to nearly all trade skills, industrial jobs and aircraft maintenance.

• Earned our 501c3 non-profit status to accept tax-free donations
• Developed Guardians of History to honor veterans
• Created the Kittyhawk Academy to mentor youth in trade skills and aviation maintenance while working on the B-25
o Sixty-five students participated
• Developed and hosted 3 sessions of 3D CAD training program for students
• Acquired over 22,000 volunteer and student hours
• Sandbar Mitchell B-25 Restoration Progress:
o Major progress on center section and spars
o Acquired four R-2600 engines
o Restored the bombardier nose
• Recovered Russian Lend-Lease B-25, Nome, AK
• Traveled to Italy to recover parts from crashed 44-9999.

What's Next - a new public building to host our restoration shop, training facility and museum exhibits. An increase in students and mentors and continued progress in restoring B-25 Sandbar Mitchell to flying condition.

Financials

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WARBIRDS OF GLORY MUSEUM

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Patrick Mihalek


Board co-chair

Todd Trainor

Patrick Mihalek

Todd Trainor

Ron Asman

Tom Rohr

John Shallman

Lance Lewis

Leah Kucharek

Steve Dingman

Allen Tucker