WAPAKONETA — The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is seeking the community’s support to finish a fundraising goal of $200,000 for the transportation and permanent display of the Learjet 28 Longhorn, the airplane Neil Armstrong flew while setting five aviation records.
The craft arrived in Auglaize County on Armstrong’s 90th birthday in August 2020 and has been sitting at Neil Armstrong Airport, waiting to make its final ride to the museum grounds.
“The museum is well over halfway to reaching our goal of $200,000 to get the craft painted, moved and displayed on the grounds,” said museum Executive Director Dante Centuori. “Once we reach our hardline goal, we will then be seeking an additional $100,000 to help in the long-term preservation and care of the craft. The museum is hoping that our community can come together and get us over the finish line for this project.”
The aircraft showcase’s dedication is slated for Wednesday, July 20, marking the 50th year of the museum’s grand opening.
If you or someone you know is interested in donating to this project, contact Deanna Kindell at (419)-738-8816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.