From the Carolinas Aviation Museum

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c-130CAM Dedicates our newest exhibit!


 Top:     Dinner and presentations

 Left:     Lt Col Russell Tharp, C-130 Pilot

Above Right:  Visitors board the aircraft 



We had a successful dedication ceremony for the C-130 with over 140 visitors in attendance.  The evening started on the ramp so that visitors could get an up close and personal look at the C-130, our newest exhibit.  After dinner,  CMSgt Scott M. Doremus, USAF gave us a brief history of the aircraft and what brought it here.   Lt Col Russell Tharp USAF Ret - pilot along with three of his crew members during Operation Eagle Claw mission were present for the occasion.  Lt Col Tharp gave a detailed briefing of what happened on that mission...complete with photos and maps.


Below: C-130 in position with the DC-7 in the background

We now offer guided "ramp" tours several time each day (weather permitting) so that visitors can walk around both the DC-7 and C-130 and learn their stories.  These tours are included with admission to the museum.


b-17Aluminum Overcast Update
Reminder - The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) B-17 (B-17G-VE) Aluminum Overcast - will be coming to Carolinas Aviation Museum on Veterans Day Weekend, November 8, 9, and 10   
Aluminum Overcast will be flying in the morning taking visitors for rides but will be on display for ground tours from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM  (CAM will be open until 5:00 PM all three days).  The EAA will be selling tickets for rides in the historic aircraft and of course it will be on display here during its stay.  To check the schedule and book a flight, please visit  or
call 1-800-359-6217
letterMuseum Founders Letter!

Dear Members

Highlights of the years gone by

Looking back at October, 1993


Our October guest speaker was Maj. Iwan Clontz of the North Carolina Air National Guard. Major Clontz was the Chief Navigator and Plans Officer for the 145th Shop. He was responsible for writing exercise plans, and coordinating flight plans for all military exercises anywhere in the world in which the Guard participates. Major Clontz was also responsible for airshows and special events which the NCANG participates. (Major Clontz later served on the Carolinas Aviation Museum (CHAC) Board and became the 145th Airlift Wing Commander, and Assistant Adjutant General in Air for North Carolina).

Over the years we have a lot of support from the active North Carolina Air National Guard Members. Two of the active NCANG members who helped us in the early years when we needed it the most, was General Iwan Clontz and Senior Master Sergeant Jack Frye. Without their help and support we would not have many of the air craft we have today.



Jack Frye and his C-130 that he was the Crew Chief
















             Jerry Shore                                           General Iwan Clontz


We had our first open house in October and it was a huge Success. Thanks to all of the volunteers and a special thanks to the open house chairman Jerry Shore.


On a sad note we lost one of our devoted members, Don Anklin. Don was returning to North Carolina in his SNj-2 but crashed shortly after takeoff from Skaneateles, New York airport. He had planned on having his Aircraft on display at our open house.       


Floyd Wilson 

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oldstuff 100 Years Ago
From the CAM Library.  More ads from the early years of aviation.  This one is from 1911.   Zoom in on your computer for some of the fine print.


spotter Plane Spotter

Can you name this aircraft?


We'll print the answer in next month's CAM News.


The aircraft in our Plane Spotter for last month was:

 Keystone K-78 Patrician first prototype.
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Wally Coppinger
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Jerry Gunter
Museum Operations Manager
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Katie McClamrock
Education and Exhibits Director
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Senior Accountant
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Donna Auer
Gift Shop Manager
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Christopher Sandel
Volunteer Coordinator
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Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 - 4:30 


or  by appointment.

Museum Hours


Weekdays 10:00 - 4:00  Saturday 10:00 - 5:00

Sunday 1:00 - 5:00



Due to private functions, we will open at 11:30 on

October 2nd.
 New Members 
Mr. and Mrs.
Matthew Hill
Charlotte,  NC  
Loan Nguyen
Centerville, VA
Lia Garcia
Clover, SC 

Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Thomas
Monroe,  NC 

Mr. and Mrs.
Jerry Walters
Charlotte, NC

Mr. and Mrs.
Darrell Klotz
Charlotte, NC

Mr. and Mrs.
Bryan Johnson
Fort Mill, SC

Mr. and Mrs.
Brad Busche
Shelby, NC

Craig Malaer
San Francisco, CA

Chris Christiansen
Greer, SC

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