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A second visit

The dog days of summer were on us, we were also in the Charlotte area again, so with some time available, we headed to the museum to have another look at it. Still in the same small corner of the Charlotte/Douglas airport, but with advancing plans to do a great deal of new building, the museum was as friendly as you could ever hope for, and a real gem to look around.

On this visit, the Museum's DC-3 was parked on the apron being prepared for an engine test. In the hanger the D-558 was being renovated, and elsewhere there seemed to be even more aircraft huddled into the tight confines of the museum plot.

The docents are very friendly individuals, some of them driving what seemed to me insane distances, to do the volunteer work that keeps the museum ticking. Intros to both the DC-3 and the KC-97 cockpit, intrigued both my wife and I. Informative, friendly, and wanting us to experience these aircraft, the docents did a magnificent job.

Planes, again

DC-3
Ex-Piedmont Airlines DC-3 taken to shows around the country by the Museum

DC-3 cockpit, not as it was, but modernised
DC-3
Cowlings
You too can get your DC-3 engine cowlings on e-Bay!
T-33
TV-2 (T-33) Naval jet trainer.

KC-97 (airborne refueler) cockpit.
F-84
Republic F-84 Thunderstreak
F-84
Republic F-84 Thunderstreak
F-102
Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
F-101B
McDonnell Douglas F-101B Voodoo
A-4
A-4 Skyhawk
A-7
Vought A-7 Corsair
F-4
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom
F-4
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom
AV-8B
McDonnell Douglas AV-8 Harrier
F-14
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
AH-1
Bell AH-1 Cobra
CH-46
Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight
Dragonfly
Sikorsky Dragonfly
V333
V333 Tilt Rotor craft

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