VJ-23E “Swing-wing”

This aircraft is a powered hang glider. It is the powered version of the earlier VJ-23 using a 10 HP engine. The airplane had full three axis aerodynamic flight controls and did not rely on shifting of body weight to maintain control of the aircraft. Wing Span 32’ 7” Length 17’ 5” Gross Weight 300… Continue reading VJ-23E “Swing-wing”

Vickers Viscount

  The Vickers Viscount (pronounced vi-count, the ”s” being silent), is a British medium-range turboprop airliner first flown in 1948. The turboprop engines replaced the conventional engines of the time period which were piston type. This arrangement resulted in less vibration and noise which passengers appreciated along with the large oval-shaped windows in the cabin.… Continue reading Vickers Viscount

Super Albatross

Wing Spoilers The Super Albatross wings are stored along the wall of the building and can be viewed from the nose of the sailplane. A close-up inspection of the upper surface of the wings will reveal what we see photographically below. Spoilers Retracted There are four slot type devices known as “spoilers” on top of… Continue reading Super Albatross

Stinson Reliant SR-9

The Reliant is a three-place high-wing fixed tailwheel land-based monoplane. 1,327 Reliants of all types were made from 1933 to 1941, in different models, from SR-1 to SR-10. The final commercial model, the Stinson Reliant SR-10, was introduced in 1938. A militarized version was first flown in February 1942 and remained in production through several… Continue reading Stinson Reliant SR-9

Stinson 10

As you view the two sides of the fuselage at about the mid-point between the wing and the tail you will notice a triangular symbol. This symbol represents the Civilian Air Patrol (CAP). The reason this symbol appears on our museum Stinson is that a number of these aircraft were used to patrol the coastal… Continue reading Stinson 10

Security Airster S1-B

The Security Airster is a two-seat single-engine monoplane designed by Bert Kinner and built by his Security National Aircraft Corporation which later became the American Aircraft Corporation. This is the open cockpit S-1A model. The museum owns the rare sliding canopy model S-1B The Airster came on the aeronautical scene in 1933. The museum display… Continue reading Security Airster S1-B

Ryan Aeronautical PT-20

Ryan Aeronautical Company of San Diego, California designed and manufactured a series of WW2 trainers. This model is rarely seen flying or displayed these days! Our PT-20, NC17348 is on loan from member Dave Masters. He wrote: “I have had a PT-20 for over 50 years and it has been in flying condition since around… Continue reading Ryan Aeronautical PT-20

Pitts Special

Mr. Curtis Pitts Pitts Special Development and History Curtis Pitts began the design of a single-seat aerobatic biplane in 1943-44. The design has been refined continuously since the prototype’s first flight in September 1944; however, the current Pitts S2 still remains quite close to the original concept in design. All single-seat (S-1) and two seats… Continue reading Pitts Special

Penguin

The penguin is an aquatic, flightless bird mostly found in the southern hemisphere. Because the designer of this airplane device knew that this machine would never fly it was given the penguin name! The aileron, elevator, and rudder surfaces and controls on this device are a close mimic of a real airplane as are the… Continue reading Penguin

Peel Z-1 Glider Boat

During the 1930’s, the Peel Glider Boat Company of Flushing Bay, New York, designed the glider boat. This aircraft is a biplane glider with a stepped flying boat hull Peel Z-1 advertisement picture shape and wingtip floats. The two occupants sit in tandem in an open cockpit with conventional controls, but without any instruments. The… Continue reading Peel Z-1 Glider Boat