SAV-A-DC-3, THE MR. DOUGLAS SOCIETY, INC. is a new corporation domiciled in the State of Indiana; whose principals are Michael Rouse, James Bennett, and Mark Borghorst. We have petitioned and received a full public charity status under rule 501(c) (3), effective June 1, 2017. Donors can now deduct all cash contributions under IRC section 170, as we also are qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devices, transfers, or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522. Come share in the excitement of our vision.
We have cherished the unforgettable memories of an era long since passsed. This DC-3 was the aircraft that put the word DIVE in SKYDIVING. This airplane matters!
It is time that we preserve our aviation and sport parachuting history for the 21st century and the legacy for future sport parachutists and aviators. To do this, we need your help.
The anointed “Mr. Douglas” can be timeless! The Donald Douglas Aircraft Company DC-3 is the only aircraft ever manufactured with “No Life Limits”; which means it can fly literally forever if properly maintained.
Unfortunately, Mr. Douglas is currently sitting on the ramp in Tullahoma, Tennessee. But the aircraft is in remarkably good condition after being parked for 18 years. The Mr. Douglas Society Inc. has compiled a Budget and Project Schedule for the aircraft’s complete restoration. So, please, get on board and contribute today.
The non-profit historical preservation society has been overwhelmed by the support we have received so far. Everyone wants to be a part of this important historical aviation preservation project. To date we have private commitments totaling $160,000. It’s a great start to our projected goal of $500,000 that will complete the restoration part of our vision. We want to give you, the parachute and aviation industry leaders, the opportunity to contribute your support to this future legacy. This will be key to conducting a successful campaign with our skydiving and aviation community.
Once the aircraft’s restoration and recertification is complete, we plan to take “Mr. Douglas” on a National Skydiving Boogie Tour and to air show featured events.
The Mr. Douglas Society Inc. will seek out opportunities to promote the world’s most famous skydiving aircraft to the I.C.A.S. air show circuit and major skydiving events coast to coast. The Mr. Douglas Society Inc. will offer skydiving and dedication routines that can be performed for patriotic opening ceremonies using qualified parachuting demonstration teams, to include tandem parachuting jumps of local and national dignitaries and or donors as part of these very public programs.
At each event the historical educational society will set up a display booth for interpretive historical information with large banners and flags displaying donor’s logos. The interior of the aircraft will include a museum of historic media information and photographs.
Our mission is to teach new generations what the aviation and sport parachuting industries are all about; and why it is so important to preserve this part of America’s aviation and parachuting history.