Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum

Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum
Iowa Aviation and Military Heritage WWI and more. WWII Aircraft Iowa history during WWII and RC Controlled aircraft from the Aviation Expo based out of Ida Grove and Ankeny.
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Museum with historical Artifacts and aircraft.

Mission: Preservation of History and Aircraft and Artifacts from Pre-WWI and to currrent day.

05/23/2020
EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

When we think of presidential aircraft, we imagine jumbo jets, like the Boeing VC-25 (the military version of the 747) tagged with the call sign “Air Force One” whenever the president is onboard. Here’s a close look at a smaller transport, a 1955 Aero Commander L-26B known as Ike’s Bird.

This is believed to be the smallest airplane ever to carry the prestigious call sign, which it did in service to the 34th U.S. president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Now fully restored, Ike’s Bird flies to honor our nation’s veterans.

Museum of Aviation Robins AFB, Warner Robins, GA
05/14/2020

Museum of Aviation Robins AFB, Warner Robins, GA

The Army purchased a series of light aircraft for observation in 1948 and 1949, among them was the Aeronca L-16 “Grasshopper”. These were the post-war Model 7BC Aeronca Champions and had few changes from the basic L-3 design used in WWII. Most were allocated to the Civil Air Patrol in the mid-1950s and 509 L-16As were manufactured, of which 376 were produced originally for the National Guard. The L-16A was manufactured with Continental O-190-1 engines which produced 85 hp. A heavier model the L-16B, of which 100 were built, had 90 hp Continental O-205-1 engines and dorsal fins.

During WWII Robins AFB served as a repair and support base for L-3, the predecessor to the L-16, operating in the Southeast. After the war, L-16s frequently operated from Robins while serving with the USAF, National Guard and Civil Air Patrol. The aircraft on display, suspended in the Museum gift shop, is a civilian aircraft acquired by the Museum in 1991 for display. It is marked in the colors of the Civil Air Patrol when it used L-16s for search and rescue missions throughout the United States.

#L16 #Grasshopper #USAF #NationalGuard #CivilAirPatrol #VirtualTour #MuseumofAviation

The Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter!!!  We are closed do to the Virus Pandemic ...
04/12/2020

The Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter!!! We are closed do to the Virus Pandemic that is going on. This Pandemic is effecting our ability to Fund Raise for the Museum. Any donations to help us keep our Museum going would greatly be appreciated! We have a very good following that is greatly appreciated!!!

War History Online
03/08/2020

War History Online

USS Iowa firing a full broadside during a gunnery demonstration, 15 August 1984.

03/08/2020
Champ Flight - N83032

Champ Flight - N83032

My first time in a Champ in 36 years, I learned to fly in a Champ but my weight over the years precluded me from flying on until February 29th, 2020.

War History Online
03/07/2020

War History Online

James Stewart served as a pilot in World War II, initially rejected by the army for being underweight, despite wanting to serve. So, he went home, gained some weight, and was able to enlist. During the war, due to his celebrity status, he was kept in America, but after two years, his request to join the battle overseas was finally answered, where he flew in many dangerous missions, earning a good collection of medals and awards.

Locals once surprised President Bush with his old Stearman training plane
01/25/2020
Locals once surprised President Bush with his old Stearman training plane

Locals once surprised President Bush with his old Stearman training plane

Many of you recall President Bush's visit to Marshfield's July 4th celebration in 1991. But few know about a surprise he received that same day as he was leaving the Springfield airport that brought back some fond memories for the president from his military days.

EAA - Vintage Aircraft Association
12/05/2019

EAA - Vintage Aircraft Association

Attention Stinson owners and enthusiasts! Here's a special message regarding the 100th Anniversary of the Stinson Aircraft Company from Vintage Aircraft Association president Susan Dusenbury. In addition, look for more information in the upcoming edition of Vintage Aircraft Magazine as well as updates throughout the coming year!

08/27/2019
Midwest Simulations

Midwest Simulations

SUPER excited to finally lift the veil on this. We have been working with the fantastic crew at the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum since last winter to convert an ultralight they had donated into a fully functional simulator. It was a major project with input from some experts, including one who once actually flew the plane we used, so we were able to make sure everything had just the right feel. Be sure to stop by the Central Iowa Airshow next weekend in Ankeny to check it out!

Midwest Simulations
08/21/2019

Midwest Simulations

Come fly with us at the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum during the Central Iowa Airshow this weekend!!

My Snoopy's Street fair
08/19/2019

My Snoopy's Street fair

Today is National Aviation Day.

August 19th is our day! National Aviation DayAugust 19th is National Aviation Day, which is on this coming Monday. This ...
08/17/2019

August 19th is our day! National Aviation Day
August 19th is National Aviation Day, which is on this coming Monday. This year will be the 80th year of the national day in recognition of Orville Wright’s birthday and a day to celebrate all things aviation. It is in Part 36 of the United States Code and is a day to encourage activates by citizens to promote interest in aviation.
So please, on Monday, and for many days to follow in our lifetime, take the time do a little something to promote, educate and improve aviation. Take the time by introducing someone to aviation by taking a flight or reach out to a local school or youth group to learn about aircraft maintenance. It is also the perfect day to promote yourself within aviation, so please take the time to improve yourself as a pilot or technician. Take the time to learn by taking a small online course/webinar, order a book or video to learn more and improve your safety and knowledge. There are many courses on FAASAFETY.GOV and available through various aviation organizations.
If you work in the aviation profession, this is the perfect day to look back. Remember a mentor that helped you get started in this fine industry. If they are still with us, reach out to them and thank them. If they are not, take the time to remember them, then think of what you can do to be mentor to the next generation.

08/16/2019
Midwest Simulations

Midwest Simulations

SUPER excited to finally lift the veil on this. We have been working with the fantastic crew at the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum since last winter to convert an ultralight they had donated into a fully functional simulator. It was a major project with input from some experts, including one who once actually flew the plane we used, so we were able to make sure everything had just the right feel. Be sure to stop by the Central Iowa Airshow next weekend in Ankeny to check it out!

Congratulations!!!😎😎😎
06/27/2019

Congratulations!!!😎😎😎

Congratulations to Nathan Smith on getting his tailwheel endorsement!

06/17/2019
Central Iowa Airshow | Draft

New Central Iowa Airshow Promotional Video!!!! This will be an Airshow like you have never seen before!!!!

06/08/2019
Red Bull Motorsports

This is one of the Airshow Acts coming to the Central Iowa Airshow August 23-25 at the Ankeny Regional Airport!!!😎😎😎

We're pretty sure you've never seen this before 🤯

06/07/2019
The Sullivan Brothers

The Sullivan Brothers

The five Sullivan brothers (Albert, Francis, George, Joseph, and Madison) served together as shipmates aboard the cruiser USS Juneau after requesting special...

Corvette Club of Iowa Ankeny Regional Airport Autocross!!! Memorial Day Weekend!!! Still running Sunday and Monday!!! Co...
05/26/2019

Corvette Club of Iowa Ankeny Regional Airport Autocross!!! Memorial Day Weekend!!! Still running Sunday and Monday!!! Come on out and see all the fun!!!😎😎😎

Cowl pretty well done! Oil door installed!!!😁😁😁😎😎😎
05/08/2019

Cowl pretty well done! Oil door installed!!!😁😁😁😎😎😎

04/25/2019

Looking for Sponsors for Airshow Acts for the Central Iowa Airshow! This Airshow is going to be one of the best Airshows in the nation! August 23rd Night Show includes Aircraft shooting off Fireworks while flying! 3 live Bands! Friday Night STEAK Fry by the Lions Club and Iowa Military Aviation Heritage Museum! August 24th & 25th Flight Breakfast 7 to 11 am. Morning and afternoon Remote Control Aircraft including Mini Jets. @ 200 mph and down at the old Aviation Expo Grounds Military and other RC Aircraft Flying! Afternoon Full Scale Airshows with 7 of the Top 10 Acts in the Nation! See The Central Iowa Airshow posts on Facebook and website!

We have one of these at the museum!!! Would like to get it running!!!😁😁😁😎😎😎
04/01/2019
B-29 APU Engine Roars To Life For First Time In 30 Years – Hold On For This One!

We have one of these at the museum!!! Would like to get it running!!!😁😁😁😎😎😎

Rev It Up! The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was one of the biggest planes used during World War II. With a full payload, it weighed a little over 66 tons, so it took some considerable hauling power to keep this massive bomber airborne. One of the factors that helped keep the B-29 was its auxiliary powe

Mickey laying down on the job again!!! Wood getting nailed today!!!😎😎😎😁😁😁
03/02/2019

Mickey laying down on the job again!!! Wood getting nailed today!!!😎😎😎😁😁😁

Cowling work on the Fisher Younster is coming  along!!!😁😁😁😎😎😎
02/25/2019

Cowling work on the Fisher Younster is coming along!!!😁😁😁😎😎😎

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3704 SE Convenience Blvd
Ankeny, IA
50021

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Did you get my letter about donation WWII items from Des Moines war correspondent?