Post War – WWI / WWII
Flying Aircraft Collection
Also known by the name Kydet, this was a popular trainer plane for the United States Air Force and the United States Navy during World War II. After the war ended, these became popular for civilian use because they could also dust crops and perform aerial acrobatics.
1935 North American SNJ
The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) (Designation T-6 Texan), United States Navy (Designation: SNJ), Royal Air Force (Designation: Harvard), Royal Canadian Air Force (Designation: Harvard) and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s.
1937 BeechCraft C-45 Expeditor
The Beechcraft Model 18 (or "Twin Beech", as it is also known) is a 6- to 11-seat, twin-engined, low-wing, tailwheel light aircraft manufactured by the Beech Aircraft Corporation of Wichita, Kansas.
1942 C-47 Tico Belle
On June 5th, 1944, Tico Belle flew as part of the 82nd Airborne division’s aerial assault on Hitler’s “Festung Europa” (Fortress Europe) as well as fighting on D-Day. This particular Douglas C-47 was manufactured in 1942 and still flies to this day. It served as a pivotal piece of the allied forces’ defeat of Nazi Germany during World War II.
1944 B-25 Mitchell
These medium bombers were a crucial part of the United States’ efforts in every theater of World War II. Introduced in 1941, they were in service for over four decades. Today, just over 100 B-25 Mitchells are left intact, but only 45 of the 10,000 produced are airworthy.
1946 Stinson L-5
All branches of the US Military used this liaison aircraft for various non-combat missions, such as delivering artillery, collecting intelligence, or transporting other supplies. Versions of this aircraft were also used during the Korean War and for domestic search and rescue missions by the Civil Air Patrol.
Static Aircraft Collection
1930's De Havilland DH.82
Primarily used by the British Royal Air Force, the Tiger Moth was a popular trainer aircraft. When World War II hit, it was used for maritime surveillance and anti-invasion purposes. This version of aircraft remained in service until the 1950s, having a long and impactful career of service.
1940 FM-1 Wildcat
During World War II, this type of carrier-based fighter was part of the US Navy and the British Royal Navy. It was most heavily used in the Pacific Theater. The Wildcat is known for its high speeds (318 mph) and precise maneuverability. It is equipped with four Browning machine guns that hold 450 rounds each.
These French-built aircraft are known for their nose-mounted engine, enclosed cabin, and low-wing design. They served in occupied France until the country was ultimately liberated. The aircraft was able to reach speeds of up to 189 mph and had a wingspan of 37 feet, 8 inches.
1943 SBD Dauntless
“SBD” stands for “Scout Bomber Douglas” because that’s exactly what this World War II plane did. It served as both a scout plane and a dive bomber from 1940 to 1944. It holds two forward-firing Browning M2 machine guns, two flexible-mounted Browning M1919 machine guns in the rear, and up to 2,250 pounds of bombs.
1944 Cessna L-4
Used in various theaters during World War II, the Grasshopper was vital to our nation’s success at the Battle of Normandy. It was used by both United States and Great Britain. The aircraft was particularly instrumental because it was equipped with special supports that allowed it to carry anti-tank rocket launchers.