From the Carolinas Aviation Museum
The CAM News. A changing newsletter for a museum on the move
The Silverliners Present Uniforms to CAM
On March 16th the Carolinas Aviation Museum proudly accepted a donation of Eastern Airlines stewardess uniforms from the local Chapter of the Eastern Airlines Silverliners.
On hand to present the uniforms were 9 of the 16 members from the Charlotte Silverliners Chapter. The large collection of uniforms date back to the 1950's, and display the many different styles that the stewardesses wore throughout the years. It will add to the museum's vast collection of various airline uniforms that will be displayed sometime in the future.
After presenting the uniforms to Director Wally Coppinger, the group boarded the Eastern Airlines DC-7B that is temporarily on loan to the museum. It brought back memories for many, including Marge Robertson who actually flew on the museum's aircraft. The women recounted and shared many stories, along with some laughter, about their past flying days as an Eastern Airlines Stewardess.
The Silverliners got their name from Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, founder of EAL, who selected it while commenting "his girls were the silverlining of any dark cloud".
The word got out and in December 1954, a meeting was held of former Eastern Air Lines stewardesses who were interested in retaining old and gaining new friendships and raising monies for charitable purposes. The purpose of this organization is to operate as a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-partisan charitable organization; to participate in philanthropic, civic, educational and cultural endeavors; and to promote friendship
This December, the museum plans to team up with the Charlotte Silverliners Chapter in hosting one of its most important charitable endeavors - the "Flight to the North Pole". This annual event brings much joy to challenged and critically ill children and their families.
|Aviation Merit Badge Training
CAM presented a Aviation Merit Badge Camp for Boy Scouts on Saturday May 11th.
The event was an all day educational program that included Aviation Theory, Flight Instruments, Types of Aircraft Engines,
Model Airplane Construction and Operation, Flight Controls, Preflight of a Cessna 150, Aviation Careers and a Museum Tour.
We will be reviewing the evaluation forms and general feedback over the next few days but it appears the program was a success and we plan to make this a standard part of our education program.
Bob Hoover Visits Museum
Legendary Pilot Bob Hoover visited CAM recently as a speaker for a private event hosted by Wilson Air. Bob is often referred to as the "Pilot's Pilot" and "The best pilot I've ever seen." by other top pilots. He spoke about some of his harrowing adventures as a test pilot, signed lots of autographs, and posed for photos. Bob sold signed copies of his book "Forever Flying" and donated the proceeds to the museum.
|Bob Hoover Speaks at CAM|
Although he has made many contributions to aviation, one his most famous examples of showmanship is to place a glass on the instrument panel of his Aero Commander and then proceed to pour ice tea from a pitcher into the glass with one hand....while performing a roll. There will be a new documentary about Bob released this summer, narrated by Harrison Ford.
MV-22B Osprey flying into Carolinas Aviation Museum on Saturday May 18th!
The controversial Osprey had a long, difficult development. But that's all changed. This unique aircraft that takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane is proving to be valuable asset for both support and combat environments.
The MV-22B that will be arriving at CAM on Saturday is from the VMM-263 (MCAS New River) squadron. The Osprey will fly in at about 11:00 and depart at 4:00 PM. It will be on display on the ramp and visitors will be able to get an up close and personal look at this amazing aircraft.
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Special thanks to Don Opgenorth for his research on the
Looking Back sections that follow.
May 1937 was the month of the first Air Mail flight to Charlotte. This letter was on that flight!.
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101 Years Ago This Month
From the CAM Library
. More ads from the early years of aviation. This one is from May 1912!
Zoom in on your computer for some of the fine print.
Can you name this aircraft?
We'll print the answer in next month's CAM News.
The aircraft in our Plane Spotter for March was:
Douglas XB-7 Bombardment plane running Curtiss V-1570c 600hp engines. Taken at Wright field in 1931
Floyd is recovering from pneumonia and was unable to write the Founders Letter this month. We wish him the best and we look forward to his return next month.
Museum Operations Manager
Education and Exhibits Director
Gift Shop Manager
Martin Laycock Greenville, SC
Vernon Rudolph Winston-Salem. NC
Donald House Lexington Park, MD
Mount Holly, NC
Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.
Stanley, NC -
Total new members
James Oates, Jr. passed away after a long illness.
Jimi was a charter member of the museum.
He was Santa Claus at our Christmas parties and supplied the sound and music at our monthly meetings and special events. He also maintained the grounds around the museum. He will be missed.