From the Carolinas Aviation Museum

THE CAM News.  A Changing Newsletter for a museum on the move! 

DirectorFrom the Director 

This summer the Museum will host two summer interns from community programs that benefit local high school students.  For the past three years, we have employed students from the Mayor's Youth Employment Program (MYEP) and from the Y Acheivers.  These programs are funded through individual grants that are offered to non-profits that provide the opportunity for the students to work in a paid six week internship.  With very similar goals, MYEP seeks to build partnerships with businesses to provide career experiences that help youth develop career goals, stay in school, achieve academically and enhance social skills that enable them to succeed in life.  Y Achievers is a national YMCA program designed to help teens improve academic performance, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options and interact with business professionals.  The Museum is proud to be a partner in these programs, and to give back to our community by helping these students connect to the world of work and assist them in reaching and attaining future goals and successes. 

CAM Volunteers View Commercial 

We recently held an informal volunteer get-together here at the museum in our classroom adjacent to the museum gallery.  In the photo above, Chris Sandel is introducing our new commercial for Time Warner Cable complete with a preview.  You can check it out as well on our website.

Watch for more volunteer activities to come!!!


iPadiPad Work Stations Arrive 
In September we wrote that we were receiving grants for new iPad stations.  We're happy to say that the first ones are here and in operation. If you missed that article, please click here and read about this exciting project. 

Like all of the other content in the display area the iPad content is aligned with NC Curriculum standards and have a heavy focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles.

We want to thank our sponsors for providing grants for the project.
  • US Airways
  • United Aerospace Systems 
  • Arts and Science Counsil
  • BAE Systems  
familyFamily Workshop Day  Connecting with families!
Rocket soars after blastoff!!
Another successful Family Workshop Day!  Once a month, we feature a "Workshop Day" in which parents and kids come and participate in various aviation projects.  This one was "Designing, Building, and Flying a Bottle Rocket".   The next one is scheduled for Saturday June 28.  Mark your calendar, bring the family and come out to CAM.   Click here for additional info and images.

Photos by Lowell Warner


ashesUp From the Ashes 
During World War Two, some advanced fighter aircraft were approaching the speed of sound and that led to a few accidents. The Messerschmitt BF 109 was probably the first but our P-38 had the same problems - in a dive it could accelerate so fast that it could not recover or in some cases would be torn apart due to "compressibility effects". There were no wind tunnels advanced enough to study this phenomenon and rocket aircraft could only sustain that speed for a limited time. In response, the Navy built 3 research aircraft called the D-558 -1 (Skystreak). The idea was to match the smallest possible aircraft to the largest possible engine so that it could take off and fly at transonic speeds for extended periods and measure what was happening to air pressure around the aircraft. The aircraft carried about 634 pounds of instruments and had 400 pressure orifices built into the wing to record what was happening to the air around the aircraft.


Our Skystreak is the third one built and it found its way to the Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum at Quantico, VA.  Later it was shipped to Cherry point where it sat, crated in a parking lot for several years rotting away...until folks at CAM requested that we bring it here to restore. It was corroded so badly that pieces would fall off when you touched it.


The late Jerry Shore was project leader supported by a group of dedicated volunteers who worked on the project for two years.  When the project was completed, CAM held a dedication ceremony featuring Robert Champine (the first to pilot this aircraft) and former astronaut Scott Crossfield (the last to fly it). Take a look at some of the photos. 

 earlyThe 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.
May's  aircraft was a -

Tupolev TU-134

It was the standard short haul jet airliner in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe.   First flew in 1962, went into production 1964 and Aeroflot launched full commercial services in 1967    


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Wally Coppinger
Executive Director
Extension: 3771
Clint Bauer
Facilities 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 


John Andrews

Gastonia, NC

Luis Zamudio   
Concord, NC

Jeffrey Cross  
Charlotte, NC

Amanda Neal   
Shelby, NC

Vincent Costillo 
Huntersville, NC

Silver Wings 
Tom Paxton Phillips
Charlotte, NC
Eagle Flight  
Dan Ervin 
Florence, SC 




Correction in last month's issue of CAM News. 
Although Mike Clausen was stationed in NC for a while, he was actually from Louisiana.  


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