TEXAS 2015
CAVANAUGH FLIGHT MUSEUM
»Dallas«

Copyright Ruud Leeuw Photos © R.Leeuw

Visiting Texas in november 2015 for music, aviation- and 'Old West Frontier' history, I had included several air museums in my itinerary.
The same day I visited the ATL.98 Carvair at Gainesville, Nov.21st, I visited the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison (within the Dallas-Ft.Worth metroplex). It had been a long day as we had started out from Abilene.

We arrived at the end of the afternoon, an hour before closing time.
There is a bounty of aeroplanes with information about the individual aircraft or type, but little in terms of memorabilia; so it is easy to browse.


The collection here on display was started in 1980, when Jim Cavanaugh bought his 1st aircraft, a Piper Cub. He and his father soon built a Pitts Special and 9 years later the PT-19 was acquired. When the collection grew, it was decided to start this museum, which opened in 1993.
A few aircraft have been acquired as replicas, to enhance the exhibition. Such as five WWI types on display.
The Spitfire was found in India and is a rare surviving Mk.VIII.
There are also several Korean War and Vietnam War era jets on display; I was pleased with the Grumman Panther and the Grumman Mohawk, as I haven't come across these types preserved very often. But I had expected to find more multi-engined propellor transports here, the type of aviation I am actually more interested in.

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
The largest warbird on display is the North American B-25J Mitchell bomber, N7687C (44-28925)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
The B-25 WWII bomber crowds the other aircraft on display somewhat. But what a magnificent aircraft!

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
B-25J 44-28925 How 'Boot That!?

 


 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
The first hall one enters has several WWI fighters on display. My interest in Biggles' adventures sprang to mind!
This is a very nice replica of the Sopwith F.1 Camel B7270; it seems to have an N-registry: N86678 - so it may well fly!

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
N4115 'DIII 415/17' is a Pfalz D111 (replica), built by Ronald J Kitchen in 1987.
Its Certificate of Airworthiness, issued 10Oct2012, expired on 31Oct2015. So did it actually fly?

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
N1258/18 is a (Osborne) Fokker D.VII, manufactured by James L Osborne in 1990; it was reg'd to
Cavanaugh Air LLC 14Sep2007. Look at those splendid colours on the wings!

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Fokker D.VII N1258 (c/n 1) 'Du Doch Nicht!!'

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Fokker Dr.1 Triplane ('Dreidecker') is another splendid replica; it has tailnumber N1839 and was registered
to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum on 10Feb2009, while it was manufactured in 1980 by Lansing & Shepherd.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Halberstadt CL.II, 0001/17
Note the 'molotov cocktails' which can be thrown down onto the enemy on the ground!

Information from the museum's website:
"In late 1916, the Halberstadter Flugzeugwerke (airplane factory) began development of a new type of two seat fighter to fulfill a military requirement for a defensive patrol and pursuit aircraft. The new CL type aircraft were smaller than the existing C type and designed to escort reconnaissance aircraft.
The CL.II is a single engine biplane, with an all wooden structure. The fuselage is covered with thin plywood paneling and houses the crew of two in a single cockpit.
It is armed with two fixed 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine guns for the pilot and a flexible 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine gun mounted on a raised ring mount, operated by a rear gunner.

After type testing with the military on 07May1917, the CL.II went into production and reached front line units by August 1917. With its excellent maneuverability, good climb rate, and wide field of view for the rear gunner, the CL.II received immediate acclaim.
A total of 700 CL.IIs were built by mid 1918.

The CL.II on display is a full scale reproduction aircraft, built by Ronald J. Kitchen in 2009. It was added to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum collection in December 2012."

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
deHavilland PT-24 Tiger Moth, 'R-5130'
I have the previous identities listed as: 42-978, FE114, 1114 (Canada), CF-CSX and NX18840


Curtiss-Wright Travel Air 4000, NC6425. Of this one I have seen pictures while in flight.
Otherwise that plate beneath the engine to catch the oil would not have been needed!
C/n 766 was reg'd 29May2013 to The Cavanaugh Flight Museum (FAA N-inquiry website).

The Travel Air 4000 was a very successful biplane from the 1920s; more than 1300 were built over a very short time period. But during the Great Depression the Travel Air Company got into financial troubles and was taken over by Curtiss-Wright, under whose name the aircraft was eventually marketed.

 

 


 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
This is probably Piper J-3C Cub N24935 - because I see a '5' on that wing.
That would make it c/n 3536, previous reg'd as NC24935.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
This Piper J-3C Cub had designation L-4J in military use; N9073C, 45-55210/JW (c/n 13976)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Alas, I could not get a better picture of this Ryan PT-22 Recruit, N46217 (c/n1362, ex/ 41-15334)
The Ryan PT-22 Recruit, the main military version of the Ryan ST (developed in 1941), was a military trainer aircraft
used by the United States Army Air Corps (later: the United States Army Air Forces) for primary pilot training.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Vultee SNV-2/BT-13 Valiant, N61483 / 44177 (cn 79-1420)
This design of the late-1930s was designated the BT-13 by the Army Air Corps and the SNV-2 by the Navy;
the Vultee Valiant was the next aircraft cadet pilots flew after learning to fly the PT-17 (Stearman), PT-19 or PT-22. Less forgiving than these primary trainers, the SNV/BT-13 required the student pilot to pay more attention to the aircraft in flight.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Stinson L-5E N40020 'Diomedea Immutabilis' (44-17260)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Built by James A. Cavanaugh Jr in 1984, Pitts S-1S N215JC (c/n 21546) was reg'd 14Sep2007 to Cavanaugh Air LLC

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
The ubiquitous 'Link Trainer'. In these early flight simulation trainers one could not afford to be claustrophobic!

 


 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Yakovlev Yak-3M, NX854DP. Flown in WW2 by Captain Delfino with 16 combat victories to his name!
Designed and built in Russia, the Yakovlev Yak-3 was one of the smallest and lightest combat fighters produced
during World War II. As such, it proved itself a formidable dogfighter at altitudes below 13.000 feet.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Hispano HA-112MII (Messerschmitt Bf 109G), NX109GU (previous: C.4K-172, N48157, G-BJZZ, G-HUNN)

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum's Me-109 was built in Germany in 1943 and shipped to Spain that same year as part of an agreement for the licensed production of Me-l09s there.
Hispano Aviación, under obligation to supply the Spanish Air Force with fighters after the war, was unable to secure any Daimler-Benz DB 605 engines and instead fitted these planes with a British Rolls-Royce Merlin. Designated the HA-1112, this aircraft served in Spain until 1967.
The Me-109 is painted in the personal colors of General Adolf Galland, one of Germany's most famous World War II aces.
This aircraft has appeared in a number of films including 'Memphis Belle', 'The Battle of Britain', the H.B.O. film 'The Tuskegee Airmen' and the British T.V. series 'Piece of Cake'.
(Information from the museum's website)

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, NL86280 (ex/BuNo.86280, N7219C)
The folded wings along the side does rather limit the possibilities of photography, but I like its assertive stance here.

FM-2 Wildcat at Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, 'BuNo.86960' (ex/ BuNo.86956, N18PK, N18P)
x Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Vought F4U Corsair, BuNo.92399 (N451FG)
Its folded wings, for carrier deck convenience, is a more charming solution than that of the Grumman Avenger.

BuNo.92399 was originally purchased as government surplus by Queen City Salvage Inc in 1958.  Rather than scrap the plane, QCS elected to register BuNo.92399 and at least nine other FG-1D’s with the FAA and offer them for sale as flyers.  A party in the Miami, FL area bought 92399 and relocated it to the tarmac at Tamiami Airport where it languished until 1965 when Alvin George of Atlanta, GA discovered and purchased the derelict fighter as a restoration project.  Two years later it flew again briefly, but suffered substantial damage during a botched take off at NAS Norfolk, VA about six months later.

After the accident, Harry Doan of Daytona Beach, FL bought and relocated the plane into long term hangar storage for close to 20 years before finally electing sell it to John Hooper of Harvey, LA.
Hooper performed a substantial amount of restorative work on the plane, but decided to sell in 1992.  Charles Osborn of Sellersburg, Indiana became the new owner and within two years the fighter emerged from Charles Osborn’s 'Vintage Fighters' hangar and flew for the first time in 25 years.

In 1997, BuNo 92399 was sold to David Jeansonne of Lafayette, LA who operated the plane regularly for two years before it was sold once again, this time overseas to UK-based collector Paul Morgan. 
In 2001, Morgan lost his life in the crash of his Sea Fury, and the following year the Corsair was sold back across the Atlantic to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison,TX where it resides today.
Source: www.f4ucorsair.com/92399.html

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
This Boeing-Stearman N2S-4 Kaydet ('BuNo.05256') was rebuilt from N741BJ plus spares

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
North American AT-6D Texan, N29947

From my 2011 Air-Britain book on 'N.American Museums & Collections' I have its previous history as:
c/n 88-17478, ex/ 42-85697, AE.6-178 (Spain), C.6-178 (Spain).
The museum however, offers the following information on its website: "The Cavanaugh Flight Museum owns two of these classic aircraft. While the military histories of both aircraft remain unclear, it is known that the museum's gray T-6 was built at North American's Inglewood, California plant in 1942.
The bare-metal T-6 (which I haven't seen and it probably N39403- Webmaster) rolled out of the same plant a year later.
These aircraft are used for the museum's customer flights, as utility aircraft and for aerial photography work. Both of the museum's T-6's have appeared as pace planes for the T-6 aerial races at the Reno Air Races."


The North American Texan trainer is one of the most important aircraft of all time and is universally recognized. First built as the NA-16 in 1935, the Texan was in continual production for nearly 10 years and in active use for more than five decades.
Primarily used as a trainer, the Texan remains a favorite among warbird collectors around the world.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Fairchild PT-19B Cornell, '305226/ED' (ex/ 42-34560, N58307)
The other side shows it is named 'Rosalie'; tt also has markings of 'Grider Field' in black lettering.
By the below information we can read that it is in flying condition and flown regularly. The museum offers
plane rides and I had been considering something as such, but my itinerary allowed me only a hasty visit here
and besides, I'd had my plane ride in the Navion at Burnet a week before.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Ah, my 'fan days' of Buck Danny come back alive!
Buck Danny "Flying Tigers"
'Buck Danny' is a Franco-Belgian comics series about a military flying ace and his two sidekicks (Tumbler and the hilarious
Sonny Tucson) serving (depending on the plots) in the United States Navy or the United States Air Force. The series is
noted for its realism both in the drawings and the descriptions of air force procedures as part of the storyline. In
particular the aircraft depicted are extremely accurate. [Wikipedia, more..]

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
I would almost expect running into 'Lady X' here... But only 'Buck Danny' aficionados will understand!

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Curtiss-Wright P-40 Warhawk, NL40PN / P-8104
I have the previous identities as: 44-7369, N94500, C-GTGR

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Supermarine 359 Spitfire LF.VIIIc, MT719 YB-J; ex/ M1719, HS??? (India), I-SPIT, G-VIII. Here as NX719MT

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Another 'star player' of WWII: North American P-51D Mustang, NL51JC /472339
Ex/ 44-72339, Fv26115, 1918 (Dominican Rep.), N51EH, NL251JC

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
P-51D Mustang, NL51JC /472339 named 'The Brat III' - polished to a blinding shine!

 


 

Upon my visit I found 4 hangars in use, one of which seems also in use as a restoration / maintenance hangar.
Since I found so many planes missing from my list (the He.111 and C-7 Caribou are still listed on the museum's website), I would not be surprised if there is a 5th hangar in use here, but locked; and/or perhaps some planes are accommodated elsewhere.
Many types are maintained to airworthy condition.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Grumman F9F-2B Panther BuNo.123078 / NX9525A in a splendid display

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum acquired 123078 in 1993 and put it through a 25.000 man hour restoration to restore it
to its original flying condition. It was awarded the title 'Grand Champion Warbird' at both the 1995 E.A.A. Sun-N-Fun
Fly-In at Lakeland,FL and the 1995 E.A.A. Fly-In in Oshkosh WI. The Plane is painted in the colors and markings
it wore when in service with Fighter Squadron VF-721 'Starbusters' during the Korean War.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
North American / Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk.IV 12821 / FU-821

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
One of two Bell- 47G Sioux helos I have listed with this museum: 65-8040 / N4077

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Bell AH-1F HueyCobra and Sikorsky S-38 Seahorse

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Cessna O-2A Skymaster, N5VN / 21334 'Trail Boss'.
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum added 67-21334 to its collection in 2012. The aircraft is painted in the colors
and markings it wore during its service in Vietnam, with the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron.

The O-2 Skymaster is a military version of the Cessna 337 Super Skymaster and was originally used as an observation and forward air control (FAC) aircraft. The United States Air Force (USAF) commissioned Cessna to build a military variant of the 337 in 1966 to supplement the O-1 Bird Dog which at that time was the primary FAC aircraft.

The first flight of the O-2 prototype occurred in January 1967.
A total of 532 O-2s were built in two variants for the USAF. The O-2A was equipped with wing mounted hard points as well as additional radio equipment and served as a FAC aircraft. O-2A(s) identified and marked enemy targets with smoke rockets, coordinated air strikes and reported target damage.
(Information from the museum's website)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Forward Air Controllers (FAC) played a major part in bombing raids during the Vietnam War.

'The FAC provided positive control of the strike, and no bomb could be dropped or gun fired until so cleared by the Man In Charge.
Down low and slow, the FACS could see the ground situation, evaluating and deciding what was needed and where. They maintained coordination and approval from local authorities. They were the eyes and ears of the fighter pilots, who could not have operated effectively without them.
The FACS were...well...different. Flying alone in their underpowered, overloaded airplanes, exposed almost constantly to anyone on the ground armed with so much as a slingshot, they went at their hazardous duty with a zealous and sometimes reckless abandon that earned them respect such as was accorded to very few." (From 'What the Captain Means: A Song of the In-Country Air War')

I very much enjoyed this book: 'Hit My Smoke: Forward Air Controllers in Southeast Asia', written by Jan Churchill.
'The Forward Air Controller came into his own during the 1960s and 1970s air war in Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, FACs were an indispensable part of the air war.
The guys in Laos, however, were FACing a war that wasn’t happening. The Ravens were an extraordinary group, usually too warrior-like and aggressive for the South Vietnam scene. Their work took courage, day in and day out, with a high casualty list for their dangerous missions'.

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Grumman OV-1B Mohawk, 62-5889 / N134GM
The 'bug-eyed' appearance gives the crew a direct downward view of the ground

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

The AO-1 (later redesignated OV-1) was first flown in 1960 and was capable of rough field operation and short field take-off.
The Mohawk has the distinction of being the U.S. Army's first turboprop aircraft and the first Army plane to use the Martin-Baker ejection seat for side-by-side pilot and observer.
The cockpit is armored with .25 inch aluminum armor plate and 1 inch bullet resistant glass.

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
North American T-28B Trojan, N828JC / BuNo.140012, 283/JC (manufactured 1955, reg'd here 30Aug2007)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Douglas EA-1E Skyraider, 135152 / GE - 703 in maintenance

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
N65164 (c/n 10299), this EA-1E Skyraider was manufactured in 1955 and reg'd 13Nov2007 to Cavanaugh Air LLC
A 2011 photo by Gerben Groothuis showed 135152 gained colour since and 'HA-152' was changed to current 'GE-702'

The Skyraider on display, Bureau No. 135152, was delivered to the United States Navy in 1955.
It served with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron Twelve (VAW 12) from November 1956 through December 1960. The next assignment was with VAW 11 from May 1961 through November 1962.
It was retired from Navy Service in 1963.
In 2008, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum added 135152 to its collection and to its Living History Flight Experience Program. The plane is painted in the colors and markings it wore when in service with VAW 12 (Nickname 'Bats') during the late 1950s.

The Skyraider is available for air show participation, but also for air rides: now wouldn't that be something!!!

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
A two-seater biplane under restoration; anyone with details as to its identity?
Could this be the Boeing-Stearman A75/PT-13B Kaydet, N1207, ex/ 40-1650?
EMAIL


 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Bell UH-1B Iroquois, 62-4567

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Republic F-105F Thunderchief, a.k.a. 'The Thud', 63-8343
My list also showed two other Republic jets present here, an F-84F Thunderstreak 51-9420
& an F-84G Thunderjet (fuselage only, no identification) - but they were nowhere to be seen.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, 56-0780 (flown marked as 4203 in Taiwan, as 908 in Jordan)

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
MiG-15UTI, 115
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum's MiG-15UTI was produced in Poland in 1954, and received the designation SBLim-2. The fully restored aircraft features operational dual controls. It carries Soviet markings and is armed with a single 12.7mm machine gun.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21US, 228

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum's MiG-17F (serial no. 1228) was manufactured by the Polish Aviation Factory (Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze) in Mielec, Poland and given the Polish designation of Lim-5.
It was delivered to the Polish Air Force on 30Jul58 and was initially operated by the 2nd Fighter Aviation Regiment (2 Pulk Lotnictwa Mysliwskiego) at Goleniow airport in Szczecin, Poland.
After many years of service in Poland the aircraft was released for private sale and shipped to the United States in 1993.
It was acquired by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in 1994 and placed on static display.
The aircraft features a complete cockpit, including its original ejection seat, gun sight, radios and instrumentation.
(Information provided by the museum's website.
My list showed 2 MiG-21s, both ex/Polish AF resp. 4502 and 4504; I don't know which I have here as 228).

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
The MiG-21US Mongol B on display served with the Polish Air Force as an advanced trainer; '4504' was added
to the museum collection in 1993. The aircraft is painted in the colors of the 921st Fighter
Regiment ('Sao Do') of the North Vietnamese Air Force circa 1968.

The MiG-21 was the first Soviet fighter capable of flying faster than twice the speed of sound. Its revolutionary delta wing design offered excellent handling characteristics, a high top speed and a respectable pay load. This potent combination of speed, agility and powerful armament made the MiG-21 one of the most successful fighters of the 1960s and 1970s. MiG-21s saw extensive combat action in such diverse conflicts as Vietnam, the Arab-Israeli Wars, the Iran-Iraq War, Afghanistan and Desert Storm.
The first two seat MiG-21 “Mongol” (NATO's code word for the type) trainer appeared in 1960, replacing the MiG-15 UTI Midget, and has served as the standard Soviet advanced trainer for many years.
(Information from the museum's website)

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Panstwowe Zaklady Lotnicze (PZL) TS-11 Iskra, 0524
Comparable to the Lockheed T-33 (the trainer version of the F-80 Shooting Star), the TS-11 Iskra ('spark' in Polish),
served as Poland's primary jet trainer for more than two decades.

 


 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)
Grumman US-2B Tracker, N37AM (c/n 340), ex/ BuNo.136431 485-D

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison (Dallas,TX)

My Air-Britain guidebook ('Aviation Museums & Collections of N.America', by Bob Ogden; 2011 edition) mentioned a Boeing B-29 of the Commemorative Air Force supported by this museum and for this reason that CAF B-29 (and a CAF B-24) regularly visits this museum - but it was not present upon my visit.
More regrettable was I did not come across Douglas DC-3 '320401', PV-2D Harpoon N86493, C-7 Caribou N149HF, A-26 Invader N7705C*, CASA 2.IIIB* (He.111) NX99230 and HU-16C N7027Z*; also a selection of military jets were not seen. All fallen victim to selling and trading? Or 'hidden' elsewhere?
I did come across some new aircraft, compared to my list.
The museum has listed its aircraft on: www.cavflight.org/index.php/collections/aircraft though I still found aircraft missing (the museum lists a CASA 2.111/He.111 and a C-7 Caribou which I did not see).

Since my interest rather focusses on the multi-engined vintage propliners, I was somewhat disappointed.
But as one can see by my report, there is plenty to browse here for the aviation enthusiast.

Gerben Groothuis sent me images taken in 1999 and 2011 and had come across some of them (marked *); see HERE...


Also on the subject of 'missing aircraft', Nigel Hitchman (having visited in Sep2015) wrote me in Jan.2016:
"I was told the C-7 Caribou was in one of the hangars on the other side of the taxiway from the museum, I think when I was there you could see it partly with the hangar doors open, I wasn't that interested, as Ive seen it before flying at Oshkosh several times, so didn't investigate further.
What I was interested in was the He111, especially as it was at my local airfield when I was a kid (Blackbushe).
I found out that it was in some other hangars to the south of the airfield, but no access was possible.
Not to be deterred I went there after my visit; I'd actually already noticed the hangar, with some museum vehicles outside. I tried various doors but no luck, then rang a bell, again no luck, but tried again... and eventually some people came out.
Luckily perhaps they were CAF volunteers collecting equipment (that had been there when Fifi was based there) and they let me in and let me look around!
There were a lot of aircraft in here, but a bit dull for photos and a bit rushed... as it was suggested I look around before some other people working in the hangar come back from lunch!
I saw-
N99230 CASA 2.111, complete but not flown for years, said to have bad corrosion
N.. /320401/C8 C-47, looked airworthy
N7705C A-26, panels off for maintenance and horizontal tail removed
N120NS Yak 52, airworthy
??? PV-2, very dismantled stored
??? code 146 P-47, dismantled, fuselage repaired from fire damage some years ago, but still waiting engine and systems installation; not currently being worked on, a CAF aircraft rather than Cavanaugh (identitiy is known)
Aeronca L-3, airworthy
Fw190, replica dismantled
S58, very dismantled
Bell 47, also dismantled
N39403 T-6, engine removed on heavy maintenance but would be airworthy
N52424 T-28, on heavy maintenance
and the Travel Air 4000 was in there too!"

 


 

LINKS
TEXAS 2015
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum at William P. Hobby (Houston) Airport
Lone Star Flight Museum / Vietnam War Flight Museum (Galveston)
Highland Lakes Squadron (CAF), Burnet
Ghost Squadron, Central Texas Wing, San Marcos
Texas Air Museum - Stinson Chapter (San Antonio)
Vintage Flying Museum, Meacham Field
Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas

EXTERNAL
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) on Wikipedia
Cavanaugh Flight Museum

 

 

 

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