The Museum is named and
dedicated in honor of the historic airman James Rogers McConnell
who fought for
France in WWI before the United States became involved in the war. A native
of Carthage, North Carolina,
he was one of the founding and original members of the Lafayette Escadrille.
A memorial to him and his service, including a plaque presented by the
country of France, currently is on the grounds of the future museum.
Click Here for the
McConnell Memorial Page
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Another Memorial Site on the grounds of the Museum is dedicated to
2nd Lt. Robert Hoyle Upchurch,
a native of High Falls, North Carolina, who served prior to WWII
with the 74th
Flying Squadron, better know as Chennault's "Flying Tigers". A very
figure as his remains were not discovered until 2005.
Click Here for the Upchurch Memorial
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The Museum currently has an inventory of
five planes that will be housed within the museum building.
are commitments for the donation or loan of a number of other aircraft
be on display as soon as our facility is constructed.
The planes we presently have are
Full Size and 7/8 Scale Replicas > > > >
Featured in the
film the "Dawn Patrol" the famous World War One biplane
fighter, the British SE5A (Scout Experimental)
as flown by the
leading allied aces of WW1 including William Avery "Billy"
Bishop, Edward "Mick" Mannock,
James McCudden and legendary
British ace Albert Ball.
The Museum's full size plane was
in the 2004 filming of the film "The Aviator"
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This is the type of plane
that James Rogers McConnell
flew with the Lafayette Escadrille
WWI French Nieuport Model 11
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7/8 Scale Replica Size
The Nieuport model 11 was a French
biplane of World War I,
most often referred to as the “bebe” or the Nieuport Scout.
It is famous as one of the aircraft that put an end
to the first “Fokker scourge” by putting more formidable planes in
the sky against the Germans. The type reached the French front
1916, and 90 were placed in service within a month.
The Allies at the time did not have synchronized guns that fired
through the propeller arc , so the gun was mounted on the top wing,
which was problematic when the gun jammed or needed more ammunition.
Curtis P-40 Warhawk
Non-Flying Replica > > >
The P-40's first fame
came at the hands of the now
legendary Flying Tigers, a group of American
mercenaries who volunteered to defend China against
the Japanese. Well
before the war reached America.
The A.V.G. (American Volunteer Group)
to send volunteers from the U.S. Army, Navy, and
Corps to China, along with U.S. fighters,
and establish three squadrons to combat the threat
from the rising sun. Colonel Claire Lee Chennault
the operation. He pieced together a fighter
group and shipped them to China
with 99 aircraft
originally intended for British use.
This is the type of plane Lt. Robert Hoyle
with Chennault's "Flying Tigers"
Air Force Stock Photo
Aero Commander 500
Manufactured by "Aero Design and Engineering
facilities consisted of an aircraft hangar
and 26,000 sq ft (2,400 m2)
manufacturing facility located
at what is now
Wiley Post Airport
near Oklahoma City.
In August 1951, the first production Aero Commander,
piston-engined model 520, rolled off the assembly line.
In 1954, the 520 was
replaced by the 560 and 560A featuring
a larger cabin and more powerful
Lycoming piston engines.
In 1955, the
U.S. Air Force
selected the Aero Commander
as the personal transport for President
Dwight D. Eisenhower,
ordering 15 aircraft, two of which were used by
The White House. This was the smallest "Air
and the first
to wear the now-familiar blue-and-white livery.
THE LIGHT TOWER
The Development of
Night Navigation in the U.S.
These early days of aviation presented a unique
problems and the inability of aircraft to navigate in
weather and darkness topped the list.
The government became involved in
The first navigation-aid system consisted of flashing
high-intensity lights, located along
popularly-flown airways, literally
shone into the air like
a connect-the-dot puzzle, winking and blinking a
friendly invitation to come ahead.
"General Aviation News"
Visit the "Light Tower" Page Here
AWAITING THE NEXT CONTRIBUTION
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