From the Carolinas Aviation Museum
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The Director's Letter

Without reflection, progress is tough to appreciate. We've made tremendous progress from our humble beginnings in Charlotte Douglas' first hangar. Our vision for the future is inspired by the spirit of our success - people stories.


2013 was a tremendous year. Each month brought exciting events and new developments. The dedicated efforts of our staff and volunteers enabled expansion of our Education Department programming, and the addition of multiple exhibits including the C-130 and the CH-53 Helicopter. We also hosted visits from distinguished guests like Russ Tharp, the pilot of our new EC-130E Hercules during Operation Eagle Claw, world renown pilot Bob Hoover, and Dutch Van Kirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay. Other achievements include the honor of being named a Smithsonian Affiliate while also receiving an Award of Excellence from the North Carolina Museums Council for the redesign of the main hangar.


The museum has received considerable media attention recently, and over the past year, for our new displays and events. This has had a remarkable effect on the visibility of the museum. We are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to the museum, not just locally, but also from outside the area. Our yearly attendance is reaching towards a level of 60,000 visitors.


This is only the beginning of what is on the horizon. We will continue the momentum created last year into 2014. On January 23rd, the museum added a Delta Air Lines DC-9 to our collection and we look forward to more exciting things to come. The introduction of interactive iPad Stations, Artifact Day, Education Workshops, and the opening of the B Hangar, to name just a few.  


Pilots have a saying to describe a perfect flying day, "ceiling and visibility unlimited."   Strongly positioned for growth, the Carolinas Aviation Museum has a bright future ahead.

Your support underwrites our continued ascent.
Wally Coppinger
Executive Dirrector
dc9Delta Air Lines donates their last DC-9 to Carolinas Aviation Museum!

We're excited to receive the last Delta Air Lines DC-9 and one of the last still flying in commercial aviation.  Although the DC-9 was first flown in 1965 this aircraft was delivered in 1979.  Read more about the DC-9 arrival at CAM.
schoolWater Bottles Really Can Fly!! 
Just ask the students who came to our Girl Scout Aviation Camp in early January.   The camp was a resounding success.  Scout leaders were surprised saying that it was much more then they expected.  
The day was packed with hands on learning including sessions in our C-130 with an actual C-130 Flight Engineer and in a life raft with a passenger who was rescued from the Hudson river in the raft!  These are real life experiences.
Chris explains how a propeller works.
We'd like to thank our instructors:
Beth McHugh, passenger on flight 1549 Miracle on the Hudson.
JoAnn Barber, First female C-130 Flight engineer - permitted to fly combat in the Air Force
Carl Klaiber,  pilot - volunteer
And of course our staff - Katie McClamrock and Chris Sandel put the program together and also served as instructors.
 Click here to see more of this exciting day.
about-storiesIt's About The Stories!
Last month we mentioned that we were initiating Passenger Days again.  Our kickoff day was Saturday, January 11 and unfortunately the high winds, torrential rain, flooding, and thunder storms influenced our turnout but many of the folks who braved the elements came specifically to talk with the passengers.  
Passengers Beverly Waters and Dan Vinton talk with visitors
We have the aircraft, we show the mechanics and logistics of incident but three passengers stood near the aircraft for 3 hours and spoke with our visitors giving them the powerful human, emotional side of the story.  
At the end of the day, all three passengers got together to answer questions for a wrap up.
Passengers volunteer their time to come in and talk with folks so we add them to the schedule when they can be here.  Come out and talk with Beth McHugh on February 15th.  Check out the complete schedule here -  Passenger Day schedule.

windowsWindows to the Past

A look at the museum in FEBRUARY, 1994

Floyd Wilson


Our guest speaker for February 1994 was Elmer Lam, President of the North Carolina Transportation History Corp., the nonprofit support organization for the North Carolina Transportation Museum at historic Spencer Shops, in Spencer, North Carolina.


Lam's presentation gave us an overview of Spencer Shop's history as well as its future development as a total transportation museum that will feature railroading, highways and aviation.


Read more here.  

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oldstuffThe Early Years of Aviation


From the CAM Library.  More literature from the early years of aviation.   Zoom in on your computer for some of the fine print.


spotterPlane Spotter!  
Can you identify this aircraft?   The answer will be in next months newsletter.
January's aircraft was a Boeing P-12c  
Be sure to check out our website at:
February         2014

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Wally Coppinger
Executive Director
Extension: 3771
Jerry Gunter
Museum Operations Manager
Extension: 3041
Katie McClamrock
Education and Exhibits Director
Extension: 3772
Lynn Wyles
Senior Accountant
 Extension: 3777
Donna Auer
Gift Shop Manager
Extension: 3773
Christopher Sandel
Volunteer Coordinator
Extension: 3778
 New Members 


Alicia Nickel
Morresville, NC


 Robin Paine
Candler, NC


David Rybal   


Amy Cervantes 
Charlotte, NC


Susan Orr  
Richmond, VA

John Randazzo
Waxhaw, NC


 Chris Kieffer  

Gainesville, FL
Montgomery Gerwig
Greenville, SC



Sliver Wings


Joe Hart 
Cornelius, NC





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