With significant financial support from chapter member Don Hinz, the fuselage was sent to Gerry Beck's restoration shop in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and progress was steady. Meanwhile, the chapter had hooked up with Bradford Lang, a Delta 757/767 captain who had competed on the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team for nine years -- and who was also the son of a Tuskegee Airman. Lang became an enthusiastic supporter of the project, and the plan was for Lang to be one of the two main pilots (along with Hinz) on the plane's educational stops. The restored plane took to the air again in 2001, but on Memorial Day 2004, the plane crashed with Hinz at the controls. Hinz was killed and the plane was all but destroyed.