The Bird of Paradise - 1928 Travel Air 2000
There was a time when flying meant an open cockpit airplane. Pilots and passengers alike were in intimate contact with the airplane and the air it flew through. It was a magical time, accented by an equally magical experience. For the most part those days are gone. But luckily they're not gone entirely.
In the Eastern United States there is a brand new time machine that can take even the most cynical, jaded techno junkie to those days. Even if only for a brief visit, as a passenger in the finest tradition of the barnstormers of the golden age of aviation. The time machine is in the form of a 1928 Travel Air biplane. Taking the name of its twin engine big brother, a 1946 Beech D-18-S, The Bird Of Paradise has undergone a three year complete restoration that has breathed new life into an airplane that was a classic even when it was brand new.
The Travel Air was designed with passenger service in mind. The front cockpit, which has a basic instrumentation in the panel, was built for two average size passengers. Extra large passengers may be surprised to find that they are in roomy, comfortable surroundings when they fly alone in the front seat.
The Bird Of Paradise's original paperwork from 1928 bears the signature of none other than Walter Beech. His aircraft, built in partnership with aviation pioneers Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman, is once again airworthy and working in a warm and sunny place where a lady of her maturity deserves to spend her days enjoying her surroundings and telling tales of how things used to be when the world was a simpler place.
N3N Canary (1930's)
The N3N Canary was a US Naval Academy trainer produced by its own aircraft manufacturing company called the Naval Aircraft Factory (NAF) where midshipmen learned the basics. If they could build their own ships, the Navy figured they could build their own aircraft, in Philadelphia, PA. in 1918. The NAF was the only government owned aircraft company in US history. The Navy inventory had a supply of Wright J-5 220-hp radial engines. Since they had their own aircraft factory they decided to have the NAF design their new trainer using the surplus engines. In August 1935, prototype XN3N-1 was flight tested at Philadelphia. Testing was done with landing gear and floats. The first aircraft was delivered in June 1936. Though the official name was the Canary, aviators nicknamed all trainers of the era "Yellow Peril". During the war years, some 65,000 Navy pilots were trained, with most of them learning to fly the Canary. While the Stearman was retired in 1948, the "Yellow Peril" lived on for another 13 years at the US Nalal Academy where midshipmen learned the basics of aviation flying seaplane versions of the N3N-3. The last Canary was retired at the Naval Academy in 1961. A few of these fly at air shows across the country, and can be seen at numerous aviation museums but this one beautiful canary out of approximately 30 left flying has returned home for you to have that rare historic experience of actually flying one or flying in one.
The 1940 Taylorcraft BL-65
Since 1929, C. G. Taylor Cconstantly fought to keep the Taylor brothers dream alive. We know how he felt and that's why we now offer a ride in this wonderful side-by-side cockpit with its big steering wheel and you can talk to your passenger while they fly with no fancy electric push button navigation around. Only hand proppin' to make her run goin' on here. The young love this flying machine, especially when we let them hold on to the steering wheel and fly alongside their pilot.
1946 J-3 Piper Cub
Every child knows the famous "Cub" and every real pilot learned to fly in one. This beauty gets a new engine in 2013 and will be ready for instruction, solo & rental.
Do you want your Glider to follow a class act? Would you like to be a part of film fantasy? Sir Launch-A-Lot has arrived! Also known as Sir-Lands-A-Lot, or "Lusty", as the pilots that fly "Him"... not her in this case..., can vouch that this machine has a lust, a passion, a desire to tow Gliders all day long. Kids just want to hug him and get their picture taken with him. Come and witness the smiles and happiness this flying machine brings to our table of joy.
Schweizer 2-33 Glider
A perfect restoration finished in 2012 by the world-renowned "Old School Aviation" right here on the field. This trainer is the king of learning to soar. A fourteen year old may begin to learn what flying is all about and anyone with a glider license may also rent this safe, cheap to fly glider.