Who will own “Aurora” once the aircraft is restored?
Initially, Rock will own the aircraft. Eventually, Aurora will be owned by the corporate entity “Save Aurora”, which is being established.
Are there other ways to help Save Aurora without donating money?
Certainly! Assistance in the form of Stearman parts and/or aircraft mechanical expertise to assist with the restoration is welcome, and greatly appreciated. Any parts donated that can't be used can be sold/traded for parts we need. Please use the contact form at the “Contact Us” link above and let us know how you can help! Some major items needed are: PW R-985 Engine, Hamilton Standard 2D-30 Propeller with -12 blades, New fuel injection system, New Wings, New Center Section, Garmin GPS nav/com, Mode C transponder, Instruments etc.
Why is it so expensive to Save Aurora?
A stock Stearman aircraft in good shape costs about $150,000. Aurora was built to be a “Super Stearman” with special modifications that made her absolutely unique, including the one-of-a-kind paint scheme, a fuel injected Pratt & Whitney R-985 450HP engine, new sheet metal, a stainless steel firewall, dual stack exhausts, an extra flying wire(for inverted flight), and an inverted fuel and oil system. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash, so we have to rebuild it from the ground up. To restore Aurora to her original specifications requires all of these customizations, which significantly increases the cost. Rock has restorable cores for most items however they need to be fully restored and returned to like new condition. The amount of time and money to make this happen is staggering. To order a Super Stearman such as Aurora the cost could be as much as $250,000.00 or more!!
Can I still buy Jane Wicker memorabilia?
Yes! Visit http://www.cafepress.com/wingwalk to purchase Jane Wicker and Swing Time Wing Walking memorabilia.
Will the public get to see Aurora once she’s restored?
Absolutely! Once restored, we plan on taking the aircraft to the air show circuit. All scheduled appearances will be announced on this website, the “Save Aurora” Facebook page, and the “Fly Aurora” Facebook page.