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Warbirds Of Glory Museum

Brighton, MI

  • Non-profit
  • aviation
  • educational
  • history
  • youth organization

New small museum restoring a WWII B-25 Mitchell bomber that we recovered from Alaska. The aircraft is being restored by local youth to fly.

What inspired you to get into the business you are in today?

We are a new museum located in Brighton, MI inspired and directed by 31 year Patrick Mihalek who has been passionate about aviation since his youth. After raising $27K using Kickstarter Patrick and a group of volunteers traveled to Alaska in July with ownership and permits in hand to recover Sandbar Mitchell. After 7 days of hard work, B-25J Sandbar Mitchell was loaded on a truck and transported to Michigan for restoration. Patrick is working with local youth to restore the B-25.

How do you define success for yourself and for your business?

So far the Warbirds Of Glory Museum has been successful. In over a 6 month period we obtained ownership of the Mitchell, planned the recovery, organized our team, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and safely recovered Sandbar Mitchell. All of our work is driven by passion and determination. What most people see as a pile of aluminum parts, in our eyes is a fully restored WWII aircraft as a flying museum to honor our veterans.

How would you use the FedEx SMB Grant money to make a significant impact on your business and/or on others?

Now that Sandbar Mitchell in safe in our restoration hangar we are in need of supplies, tooling, and parts. The grant money would be used to buy new safety equipment for our youth volunteers, the needed specialty tools including the 5000K Cleco clamps for the restoration, and sheet aluminum to make much needed parts. It would also help us make new items to offer for sale in our online store which helps us raise money for the project.

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