Beach City Baby’s 2023 Air Show Season Shaping Up

The team of Vintage Wings Inc. volunteers who made Beach City Baby's first flight possible. (image via Vintage Wings Inc.)
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As most readers will be well aware, we have followed the progress of Beach City Baby since early 2016. This combat veteran Douglas C-53 Skytrooper (41-20095) made its first post-restoration flight last May, following a seven-year campaign from Jason Capra and his band of volunteers at Vintage Wings Inc. in Franklin, Pennsylvania and Beach City, Ohio. As the saying goes, ‘results speak louder than words’, and the resurrection of Beach City Baby from a near-derelict airframe into a pristine representation of her former self is perhaps the most impressive grass roots acquisition and restoration effort in many decades.

After the aircraft’s inaugural air show season in 2022, which saw Beach City Baby attend twelve events, the magnificently restored C-53 now has a busy schedule in the works for 2023 (see below). We thought many readers would want to learn these details to begin making their plans to see Beach City Baby in her element. Other events are in the works too, of course, awaiting paperwork and finalization, so stay tuned for updates when they arrive.

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The view from the cockpit during one of C-53 Beach City Baby’s first post-restoration flights on Saturday, May 14th. The aircraft, a derelict just a few years ago, is now in pristine airworthy condition and fully restored back to her wartime configuration. (image via Vintage Wings Inc.)

  • May (TBD) EAA/Vintage Wings Pancake Breakfast Fly-In & Young Eagles Day (C-53 will fly, weather permitting.) Franklin Venango Airport, PA
  • May 20-21, Elkhart, IN
  • June 2-4, WWII Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Reading, PA
  • July 15, Meadville, PA
  • August 11-13, Thunder Over Michigan, Willow Run, MI
  • August 19-20, Waynesburg, PA
  • September 1-4, Cape May, NJ
  • Washington, PA (TBD)
  • October (TBD) Vintage Wings Inc/ EAA Pancake Breakfast (C-53 will fly) Franklin Venango Airport, PA

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