Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Road Trip. Day 2. The North Carolina Aviation Museum.

Brother Hawthorne, this post is for you. I thought you'd enjoy it. Rosie don't know nuthin' 'bout planes, but she tried to pay attention. Please feel free to correct me, Bro, and comment.
Welcome to the North Carolina Aviation Museum in Asheboro, NC. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history and honoring the heritage of flight.
When you walk in the front door, you will find one of the largest collections of aircraft models in the southeast. Hangar 1 contains numerous aircraft, including the Flitfire and S-56 Savoia Marchetti, a PT-13D Stearman, an F-22, and RV-8. Lining the walls is a huge collection of authentic military uniforms, equipment, weapons, and a myriad of memorabilia dating as far back as the late 1800's.
The Savoia Marchetti, an open-cockpit seaplane, is like the one flown by Smith Reynolds on his 6000 mile solo flight from London to Hong Kong in 1931.
This is the famous Flitfire, flown by Orville Wright in 1943.
Mr. Hawthorne found a remote control so he's a happy camper.
Hangar 2 contains a C-45, a P-3, a hydro-dynamic sub, a Bird Dog, a full Army Convoy, a two-ton torpedo display, and a couple of Link Trainers (very early flight simulators).
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