Historical Aviation Trail of New York State

Historical Aviation Trail of New York State A collection of aviation-themed attractions from across New York State for visitors to enjoy. Travel the state and experience one of our 13 locations!

The Historical Aviation Trail of New York State highlights each of the 13 major aviation-themed museums or attractions across the state that offer visitors the opportunity to learn & experience the history of aviation.

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Livingston County News
10/15/2020

Livingston County News

The National Warplane Museum
3489 Big Tree Lane - Geneseo, NY
Proudly Presents.....
Saigon Lady

Serving in Vietnam 1972-1975

Honoring our Military Veterans who served during The Vietnam War by presenting "Saigon Lady," our 1957 Lockheed C-130, one of the last airplanes to fly out of Saigon carrying precious human cargo to freedom!

Saigon Lady $300,000 Capital Campaign Recognition Levels

Cockpit — $30,000
Cargo Bay — $25,000
Rear Hatch — $25,000
Landing Gear — $20,000
2 Wings — $15,000 Each
Vertical Stabilizer — $10,000
Fuselage — $10,000
4 Engines — $10,000 Each
2 Rear Stabilizers — $7,500 Each
4 Propellers — $5,000 Each
10 Seats — $2,500 Each
Park Development — $50,000

Help see this project succeed! Mail your tax deductible gift today to National Warplane Museum PO Box 185 — Geneseo, NY 14454 Or call (585) 243-2100

https://www.facebook.com/pages/1941%20Historical%20Aircraft%20Group%20Museum/571719412968757/

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
10/13/2020
National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

On October 13, 1950 the Lockheed Super Constellation L1049 prototype made it's first flight. Over 500 design changes were made from the original design: engines changed from the R2800 Pratt&Whitney to the Wright R-3350-75 and extended fuselage were most apparent. While it was used commercially the greatest portion of the 579 built went to the US Navy with a total of 204.

Many plane enthusiasts feel it was one of the most beautiful planes to take to the sky.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
10/08/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Did you know? No American F-14 was ever shot down in air to air combat. Learn more about one of the best naval fighters every built and one of the most iconic Navy fighters of all time with our new F-14 exhibit as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the F-14. Join us. We are open Thurs-Sun 10am-4pm, are safe and spacious at 150,000 square feet. Experience the Tomcat, one of the most beautiful and coveted aircraft flying.

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation
10/01/2020

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

Photo by Jim Busha.

Niagara Aerospace Museum
10/01/2020

Niagara Aerospace Museum

Bell P-59A Airacomet, America's first jet fighter.

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
10/01/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

This Throwback Thursday features the Beechcraft model 18 or C-45H Expeditor, more commonly referred to as the Twin Beech! Dates ranging from the early 60's up to 2015.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
10/01/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

October 1st - Happy Birthday NASA! Since its founding on October 1, 1958, NASA has pushed the boundaries of human exploration.They've put footprints on the moon and tire tracks on Mars. They've given the world breathtaking images of our home planet, our solar system and the galaxies beyond. They invented the first re-usable spacecraft and, with our international partners, established a permanent human presence in space. Along the way, they've pioneered new technologies that have improved people's lives. Happy Happy Birthday!

30 September 1949 - This Day in Aviation
09/30/2020
30 September 1949 - This Day in Aviation

30 September 1949 - This Day in Aviation

The Berlin Airlift officially ended on 30 September 1949, after fifteen months. In total the United States Air Force, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force delivered 2,334,374 tons, nearly two-thirds of which was coal, on 280,290 flights to Berlin. At the height of the A...

30 September 1968 - This Day in Aviation
09/30/2020
30 September 1968 - This Day in Aviation

30 September 1968 - This Day in Aviation

30 September 1968: The first Boeing 747, City of Everett, was rolled out at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant. It was registered as N7470, and carried Boeing’s serial number, 20235. Identified internally as RA001, the Boeing 747-121 was the first “jumbo jet.” The 747-100 series was the firs...

Cradle of Aviation Museum
09/24/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

#OTD Sept 24, 1918 Hazelhurst Field was renamed Roosevelt Field in honor of Theodore Roosevelt's son Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, an Army aviatior who was shot down and killed in France on July 14, 1918.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
09/23/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Looking back at the announcement that Grumman won the F-14 competition. "Now let's build the Navy the greatest fighter it ever had!" And they did. Visit our F-14 exhibit and experience the power and pride of the F-14. We are open Thurs-Sun 10am - 4pm. We are safe and spacious at 150,000 square ft and celebrating 50 years of the first flight of the famed Navy fighter. Join us. https://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/f-14-50th-anniversary-celebration.html

22 September 1966 - This Day in Aviation
09/22/2020
22 September 1966 - This Day in Aviation

22 September 1966 - This Day in Aviation

22 September 1966: Ansett-ANA Flight 149, a Vickers Viscount Type 832 medium-range airliner, registration VH-RMI, departed Mount Isa Airport (ISA) at 12:08 p.m., enroute to Longreach Airport (LRE), both located in Queensland, Australia. Captain John Kenneth Cooper was in command, with First Officer....

Harris Hill Soaring Corporation
09/21/2020

Harris Hill Soaring Corporation

Reminder that we are now open on Saturdays/Sundays only from 10am - 6 pm through the end of October. ( weather dependant) on a walk in basis. Dont miss out on viewing the fall foliage from above this season!

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
09/21/2020

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Happy C-46 Sunday everyone! We’ve added a ton of new Curtiss items to our online store, so in addition to these awesome Commando shirts, you can get shirts and hoodies (including tie-dye!), patches, mugs, books, and more. Make sure to check it out by clicking the link below!

https://www.curtissmuseumstore.com/collections/apparel

Cradle of Aviation Museum
09/20/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

#OTD Sept 19-30 1932 Pilots James Herman Banning and Thomas C. Allen flew a 4 year old plane powered by a 14 year old Army surplus engine from Los Angeles to Curtiss Field in Valley Stream becoming the first black pilots to fly coast to coast. They said their flight had no scientific aim but was done to achieve a milestone for black Americans. #firstflights #innovation #pilotslife #moxie #airandspacemuseum #pioneers

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
09/17/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

Another throw back Thursday! A few pictures of Whiskey 7 in the commercial airliner industry after the war. She was with several different airlines and we managed to find some pictures. It's interesting to see the different liveries she has had through out her long life!

Cradle of Aviation Museum
09/17/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

#OTD Sept 17, 1911 Cal Rodgers in a Wright Model B type biplane named the Vin Fiz Flyer attempted a transcontinental coast to coast flight for a Hearst prize of $50K. Rodgers navigated the continent by following railroad tracks and a train used as a repair depot for airplane problems that occured during the journey. The plane ultimately crashed 15 times and was repaired, and did not qualitfy for the prize. Rodgers traveled a distance of 4,321 miles in starting in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. See a replica Wright Model EX Vin Fiz in our Hempstead Plains Gallery and be inspired by the early innovators of aviation. We're open Thurs-Sun 10am-4pm. cradleofaviation.org

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
09/14/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

Some photos from the first engine start and taxi of the Fokker Dr.1 over Labor Day weekend.

12 September 1962 - This Day in Aviation
09/14/2020
12 September 1962 - This Day in Aviation

12 September 1962 - This Day in Aviation

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. . . .” — John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Thirty-Fifth President of the United States of America, in a speech at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 12 S...

These 5 museums are open inside and outside
09/14/2020
These 5 museums are open inside and outside

These 5 museums are open inside and outside

For a dose of the arts head to a Long Island museum where exhibits are currently on display both inside, outside and virtually. Here are five that are COVID compliant throughout Nassau and Suffolk ope

09/13/2020
National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

Here is a side video of the propeller on W7's number 1 engine during the propeller governor test. If you watch close you can see the width of the blade change when the propeller control is moved. When it looks wide it is at the 'Low' RPM position (taking a bigger bite of air so more load slows the engine) and when it looks thin it is in the 'High' RPM position (smaller bite is a lower load and the engine turns faster). Can you hear and see the change?

09/10/2020
Cradle of Aviation Museum

Cradle of Aviation Museum

We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the F-14 Tomcat, one of the most iconic Navy fighters ever built on Long Island and of all time! Home to a robust F-14 collection with a full-size aircraft - the third F-14 ever built and the oldest surviving, flying from 1971-1990 and two F-14 cockpits, nose and flight suits. To enhance the collection in honor of the anniversary a temporary exhibit is running with never before seen artifacts taken out of storage such as concept models and photographs. Objects will be on display through December 2020. Museum is open Thurs - Sun 10am - 4pm. cradleofaviation.org

9 September 1940 - This Day in Aviation
09/09/2020
9 September 1940 - This Day in Aviation

9 September 1940 - This Day in Aviation

9 September 1940: North American Aviation completed assembly of the NA-73X, the first prototype of the new Mustang Mk.I fighter for the Royal Air Force. This was just 117 days after the British Purchasing Commission had authorized the construction of the prototype. The airplane was designed by a tea...

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
09/08/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

A Fairchild PT-26 and a Stearman PT-17 with similar paint schemes fly together over the museum this past weekend. Owned by two of our volunteers.

American Airpower Museum
09/08/2020

American Airpower Museum

A great weekend honoring the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII on Saturday 5 September with 9+ WWII veterans who we were honored to host during Saturday’s events. Our TBM-3E Avenger pictured here at the end of the day took to the air as part of the tribute. Stay tuned for more content from this memorable weekend at the @american_airpower_museum .

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
09/08/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

Some aerial pics of the Aeronca L-16B flying around the Geneseo area this weekend! It was a beautiful weekend for some flying!

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
09/03/2020

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

The fall is a great time to visit the Finger Lakes! With nearly 60,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Curtiss Museum is a fantastic way to spend a day!

09/03/2020
Cradle of Aviation Museum

Cradle of Aviation Museum

We’re talking #WW2 manufacturing and warplanes with #DocentBob!

The museum is open Thursday-Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm - Come for a visit to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 and learn about Long Island’s important contributions.

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
09/02/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

What are you doing this weekend? W7 just went to get some fuel for the rides she will be doing this Saturday! :D

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4635 Millennium Drive
Geneseo, NY
14454

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Photos from the 2019 Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome WWI Air Show. Please click the link below to view them.
Come and visit the National Soaring Museum this fall. Great museum and beautiful views from Harris Hill, far above the Chemung Valley. Open every day 10-5.
NY has some terrific aviation museums and attractions. The Trail not only identifies them but shows where they are located. Check it out!
Take a ride on the Memphis Belle at Ledgedale airpark in Brockport at The Spencerport Rotary Pancake Breakfast! This Sunday!
We really need kids this Saturday! We have more pilots this time than passengers! Do you have a kid or know a kid who might be interested in aviation, drones, science, etc. that would be interested in a free airplane ride this Saturday? We have an unusual amount of vacancies than normal. Please contact Elise Isler at [email protected] if you would like to schedule a ride!
Congratulations on your launch today!!!!
The aviation trail is a GREAT idea. I worked on a brochure with Dawn, Austin and Ben Johnson. Let's keep this ball rolling!!!!