Completing a restoration of the Piedmont Airlines’ Potomac Pacemaker is a massive undertaking, which will require substantial resources to complete. The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation, a 501(c)3 that provides supplemental funding for the N.C. Transportation Museum, has provided seed money to begin this project, and is launching a campaign to raise funds, through individual donations, grants and corporate sponsorships, to complete the restoration.

Financial Support
You can be a part of this important effort to preserve North Carolina and Piedmont Airlines history by making a secure online gift now. You may also mail your gift to NCTMF, PO Box 69, Spencer, NC 28159. Please download and complete our donation form to send with your gift.

We are also seeking volunteers with a background in aviation mechanics to assist with the restoration. If you would like to know more about volunteering, please contact DC-3 Volunteer Project Coordinator Bob Reed at

In-Kind Support
We are also seeking a variety of tools, parts and other supplies. If you are able to donate any of the items below, please email

Wish List of Supplies:


  • Cordless Electric hand drill/screw gun, variable speed, reversible w/extra battery
  • Drill Bits: 10 each #40, #30, #21, and #10 in jobber sized (standard) along with one or two 12” bits in 40, 30, and 10 size.
  • Phillips Drill Bits, #1, #2, and #3
  • Hand Hacksaw w/extra blades
  • Pop Riveter, light weight heavy-duty (rivet sizes 1/8” and 3/32”)
  • Sheet Metal Snips, right, left, and straight
  • Files, flat, half round, and rat tail
  • Wire Wheel Brushes, ¼” shaft
  • Clecoes:1 doz. 3/32, 2 doz. 1/8, 2 doz. 5/32 and 1 doz. 3/16 plus a few draw clecoes in larger sizes
  • Cleco Pliers
  • Standard Wrenches
  • Ratchet Sets
  • Screwdrivers, Standard & Phillips
  • Pliers, diagonal, slip joint, arc joint, long nose
  • Pliers, locking
  • Hammers, regular claw and small claw
  • Mallets, rubber, lead shot
  • G-clamps (3” & 6”)
  • Drill press
  • Screw Knocker/Extractor
  • Rivet Removal Tool
  • Bolt cutter
  • Pry Bar, flat
  • Rivet Knockout Punches w/.401 shank, 1/8, 5/32, 3/16, and ¼”
  • Pin Punch Set w/center punch
  • Cold Chisel
  • Cape Chisel
  • Sheet metal bucking bars
  • Sheet metal working tools, various
  • Plasma Cutter
  • MIG Welder

Pneumatic Tools:

  • Drill, light weight, variable speed (teasing trigger)
  • Screw gun
  • Impact
  • Ratchet
  • Shears
  • Riveter (Pop rivets)
  • Rivet Gun Screw Knocker
  • Panel Saw
  • Coupling Plugs

Aircraft Parts (DC-3/C-47):

  • Main landing gear
  • Instrument panel
  • Instruments
  • Control Yokes
  • Cockpit seats
  • Other parts to be determined as restoration progresses.


  • Portable lights
  • Extension cords
  • Flash lights
  • Welding helmet


  1. I plan to make a donation of some of the tools that are on your wish list. To what address should I ship them?

    • Anyone from the “Former Piedmont Airlines Employees ” group who reads this please help out in any way you can. Read the other “tabs” to learn more. Only a few dedicated people have continued to support this project so now is a great time to start.

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