Aircraft & Spacecraft Collection

Piper J-3 Cub

Introduced in 1938, the Piper J-3 Cub, with its characteristic black lightning bolt, became an immediate success with the flying public. By 1947, when the last J-3 model was produced, a total of 14,125 had been built.


Pitts Special

The history of the famous Pitts Special began in 1942 when Curtiss Pitts, a crop duster and manager of a small airport in Florida, became captivated with aerobatics. Lacking the funds to purchase a plane, Curtiss Pitts built his own aerobatic aircraft in 1944, the Pitts Special. It is widely accepted that the Pitts Special is the standard by which all other aerobatic planes are judged.


Robinson R44 Helicopter

The R44 is a single-engine helicopter equipped with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor, a two-bladed tail rotor and a skid landing gear. It was designed by the Robinson Helicopter Company as a replacement for the lightweight R22 Series helicopters in the late 1980s. It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers.


Ryan B-5 Brougham

After the Ryan M-1 became obsolete, the company concentrated on the manufacture of the Ryan Brougham, a commercial version of the Spirit of St. Louis. The Ryan Brougham model B-5 was a high wing cabin monoplane with ample room and comfort for six, and was powered with the 300 hp wright J6 series engine.


Ryan BQM-34F Firebee II

The BQM-34F was a jet powered, supersonic, remote-controlled recoverable aerial target vehicle built by Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical Company of San Diego for the United States Air Force. Similar versions, designated BQM-34E, and 34T, were used by the U.S. Navy. The first flight was in June 1972, and the Firebee II remained in service until 1990.


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