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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 interesting historical
figure as his remains were not discovered until 2005.

Click Here for the Upchurch Memorial Page
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The Museum currently has an inventory of five planes that will be housed within the museum building.
Also there are commitments for the donation or loan of a number of other aircraft that will
be on display as soon as our facility is constructed.

The planes we presently have are listed below

WWI British S.E.5A
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 actually used
in the 2004 filming of  the film "The Aviator" >  >  >  >


This is the type of plane that James Rogers McConnell
flew with the Lafayette Escadrille
WWI French Nieuport Model 11
<  <  <  <   <       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
in 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) program was
to send volunteers from the U.S. Army, Navy, and
Marine Air Corps to China, along with U.S. fighters,
and establish three squadrons to combat the threat 
from the rising sun. Colonel Claire Lee Chennault
headed 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 Upchurch
flew with Chennault's "Flying Tigers"

Air Force Stock Photo

Aero Commander 500
Full Sixe

Manufactured by  "Aero Design and Engineering Company"
Oklahoma. Its 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,
the 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 Force One,"
and the first to wear the now-familiar blue-and-white livery.


The Development of Night Navigation in the U.S.

These early days of aviation presented a unique set of
 problems and the inability of aircraft to navigate in
rough weather and darkness topped the list.
The government became involved in 1926.

The first navigation-aid system consisted of flashing
beacons. These 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" Article Here

Visit the "Light Tower" Page Here


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