Museum Founders Letter
High lights of the years gone by.
Looking back at February, 1993
Our CHAC member's trip to the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C in February, 1993 was a great trip. We not only had A VIP guided tour of the Air and Space museum, but was also treated to a tour through Silver Hill, storage and restoration center for the Air and Space museum.
(above) CHAC Members at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum and Silver Hill, storage and restoration center for the Air and Space museum.
The B-29 " ENOLA GAY" was being restored at Silver Hill.
Our first guest speaker of the year was, the Aviation Director of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Mr. Jerry Orr. Mr. Orr spoke at our monthly dinner meeting at Gus's 49'er Restaurant. As I have written before, CHAC "Carolinas Aviation Museum" would not exist if it was not for the support and guidance of Mr. Orr. Mr. Orr gave an inspiring talk and a update on the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and some expansion projects.( The Charlotte Business Journal selected Aviation Director Jerry Orr as its Business Person of the year for 2012) Attendance at this meeting was over 100 members and guests.
Mr. Jenks Caldwell, owner of Charlotte Aircraft and his son, Jenks Caldwell Jr. gave us 3 aircraft in February. A Lockheed P-80 jet fighter ( A USMC version a TO-1) which was America's first operational jet fighter. Plus a very rare straight-wing North American F-84 jet fighter. We also were given a replica of the 1902 Wright Brothers Glider. (The Glider is now in the main terminal at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport)
(above) P-80 (TO-1) and F-84 at Charlotte Aircraft
F-84 in November, 1995. The unveiling of the newly restored F-84. From Left to right , Floyd Wilson, Korean War ace Dolph Orverton, The F-84 was restored in the markings of his Aircraft in the Korean War.( next) Aviation Director of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Jerry Orr, unveils the aircraft,(next) Robert Bob Morgan, Pilot of the WWII B-17 Memphis Belle and Pat McCrory our new North Carolina Governor,(in 1995 he was elected Mayor of Charlotte and was Mayor until 2009)
Don and D. Creason supplied the trucking, lifting equipment and man power in July picking up and delivering the aircraft to our Hangar.
Our membership was over 600.
Floyd S. Wilson
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