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!
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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.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
04/23/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

It's Volunteer Appreciation Week and we want to recognize our volunteers who bring the museum to life. Mee #MuseumGuide Bob R. who has been a volunteer for four years now but he has been an aviation and history enthusiast his entire life. Bob enjoys the opportunity to help our visitors explore the rich history of aviation on Long Island and enjoys getting to know the other volunteers here. Bob believes that any facet of history is important in forming our youths' growth and that "this is more than air and space craft - it is also the economic, political, cultural and social development in our immediate surroundings, our nation and the world." Thank you Bob for all you do! #museumfromhome #volunteerappreciation #volunteerappreciationweek #docent #gratitude

04/23/2020
WW2 USS Carl Vinson ©

WW2 USS Carl Vinson ©

Aug-Sept 1995 USS Carl Vinson off the coast of Pearl Harbor-Barbers Pt. Oahu. We craned aboard some World War 2 aircraft in Alameda, CA and took them to Hawa...

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
04/22/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

This day in history. Operations Reckless and Persecution were the Allied amphibious landings at Hollandia and Aitape, respectively, which commenced the Western New Guinea campaign. Both the Battle of Hollandia and the Landing at Aitape commenced on 22 April 1944.

04/16/2020
National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

We're live with Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell and curator Teasel Muir-Harmony commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13.

Watch on Facebook Live on the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution and STEM in 30 pages or at this link: http://facebook.com/airandspace/live

And tune in every Thursday at 1 pm EDT until the Museum reopens for more Air and Space Live Chats.

Niagara Aerospace Museum
04/16/2020

Niagara Aerospace Museum

The Bell L-39 was a test bed for new swept wing designs. The maiden flight of the L-39-1 was made on 23 April, 1946, at Niagara Falls Airport with A M 'Tex' Johnston, Bell test pilot, at the controls.

After several other test flights, the aircraft was ferried to NACA Langley Research Center on 22 August, 1946, by L W Grey. Meanwhile the L-39-2 had been flown by Johnston. This aircraft was equipped with an automatic fuel equalizer designed to maintain a constant position of center of gravity during flight.

Both aircraft were used to correlate previous wind-tunnel experiments and were also used for various other experiments. For example, in August 1946, L-39-2 was fitted with a circular arc airfoil developed for the future Grumman XS-2F Tracker

While L-39-1 went to the NACA for continuing flight tests, L-39-2 remained at Bell, who later fitted it with a completely swept wing of a design planned for the X-2 experimental rocket-powered research aircraft.

All tests were halted on 26 August, 1946, and the entire program was withdrawn. L-39-2 was sent to Langley on 11 December, 1946, and both aircraft were transferred to NACA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, on 12 December, 1949.

16 April 1972, 17:54:00 UTC, T plus 000:00:00.59 - This Day in Aviation
04/16/2020
16 April 1972, 17:54:00 UTC, T plus 000:00:00.59 - This Day in Aviation

16 April 1972, 17:54:00 UTC, T plus 000:00:00.59 - This Day in Aviation

16 April 1972: At 17:54:00 UTC (12:54 p.m., Eastern Standard Time), Apollo 16 was launched from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Aboard were Captain John Watts Young, United States Navy, the Mission Commander, on his fourth space flight; Lieutenant Commander T...

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
04/15/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

The D-VII will soon be taxi testing the engine and controls in prepration for the first flights...

14 April 1947 - This Day in Aviation
04/14/2020
14 April 1947 - This Day in Aviation

14 April 1947 - This Day in Aviation

14 April 1947: Douglas Aircraft Company test pilot Eugene Francis (“Gene”) May took the Number 1 U.S. Navy/NACA/Douglas D-558-I Skystreak high-speed research aircraft, Bu. No. 37970, for its first flight at at Muroc Army Airfield. The aircraft had been transported from the Los Angeles factory to...

Livingston County NY Tourism
04/14/2020

Livingston County NY Tourism

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow has postponed their July airshow but they are hoping to have another family friendly event in September.
In the meantime, we will still be able to take tours and view the vintage warplanes when the Museum reopens to the public after “NY Pause” is lifted.
#BuildMyBucketList
#NYStrong
photo Larry Tetamore

American Airpower Museum
04/14/2020

American Airpower Museum

Just an update. We know we've been a little quiet lately but taking care of the museum, its staff, volunteers, and collection has been our priority. Look forward to kicking off new social media content this week to lead into better days that lay ahead and a return to the air soon we hope!

13 April 1960 - This Day in Aviation
04/13/2020
13 April 1960 - This Day in Aviation

13 April 1960 - This Day in Aviation

13 April 1960: Major Robert M. White, USAF, made the first flight of an X-15 by an Air Force test pilot. Carried aloft by a Boeing NB-52A Stratofortress, serial number 52-003, the first of three X-15 hypersonic research aircraft, 56-6670, was airdropped at 0915 above Rosamond Dry Lake. Major White i...

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
04/11/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

Who needs an N-95 when you have a C-47?! Whiskey 7 has her mask!

Help the National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow raise funds for their C-130 Hercules! A winner will be chosen May 2,...
04/10/2020

Help the National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow raise funds for their C-130 Hercules! A winner will be chosen May 2, 2020. For tickets or more information call 585-243-2100 or email
[email protected]

7 April 1961 - This Day in Aviation
04/07/2020
7 April 1961 - This Day in Aviation

7 April 1961 - This Day in Aviation

7 April 1961: Boeing B-52B-30-BO Stratofortress 53-380, assigned to the 95th Bombardment Wing and named Ciudad Juarez, departed Biggs Air Force Base, El Paso, Texas on a training mission. The aircraft commander was Captain Donald C. Blodgett. The flight took Ciudad Juarez over New Mexico where they....

6 April 1927 - This Day in Aviation
04/06/2020
6 April 1927 - This Day in Aviation

6 April 1927 - This Day in Aviation

6 April 1928: William Patterson MacCracken, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics, became the first person to be issued a pilot’s license by the government of the United States. License Number 1 was a private license, signed by then Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, who would la...

2 April 1942 - This Day in Aviation
04/02/2020
2 April 1942 - This Day in Aviation

2 April 1942 - This Day in Aviation

2 April 1942: After loading sixteen North American Aviation B-25B Mitchell medium bombers and their crews of the 17th Bombardment Group (Medium) at NAS Alameda, the recently commissioned United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) departed San Francisco Bay with her escorts and headed for....

Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home, Here Are The Results
04/02/2020
Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home, Here Are The Results

Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home, Here Are The Results

Even though most of us are stuck at home and can't go out and enjoy art in museums, that doesn't mean that life is boring or uncultured. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles challenged art fans to post photos of themselves recreating their favorite works of art from the safety of their homes. People resp...

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
03/30/2020

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

An Intrepid welcome and thank you to our new neighbor, the aptly-named #USNSComfort. We are grateful for your arrival and to all of those serving on board.
📸: IG user daaz5

03/27/2020
National Soaring Museum

National Soaring Museum

The National Soaring Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Stay safe - stop the spread!

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation
03/27/2020

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

EAA's CEO and Chairman of the Board, Jack J. Pelton, provided an important update on #OSH20 today. "My fellow EAAers, I’m writing this to address the status of AirVenture Oshkosh 2020. Today we are still planning on having the event beginning July 20, 2020. In that context, I wanted to let people know how we’re approaching the planning process for AirVenture, and to help people understand the timetable as we sort through the ever-changing world events." Read more: https://bit.ly/3dwjE1D

27 March 1942 - This Day in Aviation
03/27/2020
27 March 1942 - This Day in Aviation

27 March 1942 - This Day in Aviation

27 March 1942: After three weeks of intensive training at Eglin Field, Florida, twenty-two North American Aviation B-25B Mitchell twin-engine medium bombers of the 34th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 17th Bombardment Group (Medium), U.S. Army Air Force, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James....

26 March 1955 - This Day in Aviation
03/26/2020
26 March 1955 - This Day in Aviation

26 March 1955 - This Day in Aviation

26 March 1955: At 8:15 a.m. Saturday morning, Pan American World Airways Flight 845/26, a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, Clipper United States, N1032V, departed Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEA, or “SeaTac”) on a flight to Sydney, Australia, with intermediate stops at Portland, Oregon, and Honolulu, Hawai...

26 March 1938 - This Day in Aviation
03/26/2020
26 March 1938 - This Day in Aviation

26 March 1938 - This Day in Aviation

26 March 1938: On Saturday afternoon at 5:40 p.m., RAE Farnborough test pilot Flying Officer Arthur Edmond Clouston ¹ and his co-pilot, newspaper correspondent Victor Anthony Ricketts, ² landed at Croydon, London. England, completing an 11-day, 26,450-mile (42,567 kilometers) round trip flight fro...

EAA Aviation Museum
03/26/2020

EAA Aviation Museum

Wishing our friend Captain James Lovell a happy 92nd Birthday today. Lovell would fly two Gemini missions and two Apollo missions. He can be seen in our Frank Borman Exhibit in the museum.

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus - Innovate Long Island
03/26/2020
Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus - Innovate Long Island

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus - Innovate Long Island

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and educational – are rising to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s...

Help the National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow raise funds for their C-130 Hercules! A winner will be chosen May 2,...
03/26/2020

Help the National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow raise funds for their C-130 Hercules! A winner will be chosen May 2, 2020. For tickets or more information call 585-243-2100 or email
[email protected]

03/25/2020
Design a Mission Patch

Design a Mission Patch

Design A Mission Patch - NASA Mission Patches are designed by astronauts and people who work on a specific mission. These patches tell you all about where th...

25 March 1955 - This Day in Aviation
03/25/2020
25 March 1955 - This Day in Aviation

25 March 1955 - This Day in Aviation

25 March 1955: Chance Vought Aircraft Corporation experimental test pilot John William Konrad took the first prototype XF8U-1 Crusader, Bu. No. 138899, for its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base in the high desert of Southern California. The new fighter had been transported from the factory at D...

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
03/25/2020

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Join an Intrepid Museum Virtual Museum Talk TODAY at 1PM. This 30-minute talk celebrates “Rosie the Riveter,” an American icon from World War II that has come to represent the “We Can Do It” spirit of women and girls around the globe. The talk will share the history of “Rosie” with visitors and offer insight into how she helped change the lives of women in the workplace up to the present day. Appropriate for ages 12 and up
Registration is required to participate. Learn more here: https://forms.gle/oBgLmf4dZ7gg1LuP9

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
03/25/2020

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

In 1907, a 29-year-old Glenn Curtiss became involved with a group called the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA). The group was founded by Alexander Graham Bell, and also included U.S. Army Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge and two recent engineering graduates, J. A. D. McCurdy and Frederick “Casey” Baldwin. At this point, Curtiss was already a well-known engine expert, and Bell considered him “invaluable- and indeed necessary” to the group. The group worked together between Hammondsport and Bell’s home in Nova Scotia until 1909. The group was entirely funded by Bell’s wife Mabel, and they created one glider and four engine-powered flying machines, conducted the first public flying exhibition in America, and performed the first flight ever in Canada. When speaking about the group, Bell stated that the AEA was a “co-operative scientific association, not for gain but for the love of the art and doing what we can to help one another.” This photo was taken of Glenn Curtiss and Alexander Graham Bell in 1908.

#curtisscontent #glenncurtiss #curtissmuseum #aviation #aviationhistory #aviationlovers #alexandergrahambell #hammondsport #keukalake #visitfromhome #museumfromhome

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation
03/25/2020

EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

As we continue to prepare for #OSH20 this July, we're happy to announce that EAA's new Learn to Fly Center will be open to anyone interested in becoming a pilot! Learn more: https://bit.ly/2UbMPPO

Cradle of Aviation Museum
03/24/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

The Cradle of Aviation Museum has been working hard to bring helpful content online. Go on a virtual tour, watch an at home activity, watch replays of astronaut events, ask the Educator and learn interesting facts from #educatorTom. Let us know what you would like to see. https://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/virtual-museum/home.html #wereallinthistogether #museumfromhome

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
03/24/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

Due to the current situation the museum is closed to the public. We will continue to plan events for once the situation has passed and will continue to communicate with you throughout.. As a country we have faced more dire circumstances and we will pull out of this together. Take care of yourself, your families and those around you who need help. We will see you soon.. Thanks: The NWM Team.

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
03/19/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

In an unexpected turn of events... WE WON!
We took home the Entertaining Non-Profit Award. "Most eneteraining display for the gardening public." We also have the distinction of best garden or display with educational value for the gardenig public.

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow
03/18/2020

National Warplane Museum - Geneseo Airshow

Women in Aviation International
03/18/2020

Women in Aviation International

Students home from school? #WomeninAviation and @EmbryRiddle have partnered to inspire young girls and help them go further--faster! A fun and free online intro to aviation course is now available today! Visit http://bit.ly/ERAUaviationonlinecourse to get started! #IamWAI @ERAU_WW_WAI

Cradle of Aviation Museum
03/17/2020

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Our Apollo 13th 50th Anniversary dinner on 4/23 is postponed due to the public health emergency and will be rescheduled to a new date when we can all celebrate triumph through teamwork.

Tickets that have been pre-purchased will be applied to the newly rescheduled event. That new event date will be announced as soon as it is available and we will keep you updated on the details in the coming weeks.

Please stay connected to us via our website and our social media channels. We will continue to highlight the accomplishments of Apollo 13 through photos, video, and documentation. Please follow us to be reminded of overcoming challenges. Re: tix [email protected]

https://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/event_calendar.html/event/2020/04/23/apollo-13-50th-anniversary-celebration/272874

03/17/2020
EAA Aviation Museum

EAA Aviation Museum

ANNOUNCEMENT: The EAA Aviation Museum remains open with our normal hours of operation, however, KidVenture will be closed until further notice and we will not have any docents available for tours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Niagara Aerospace Museum
03/17/2020

Niagara Aerospace Museum

March 16, 1966: Gemini VIII demonstrates the ability to rendezvous and dock with another spacecraft, a must for the lunar landing missions. Neil Armstrong and David Scott docked with the Gemini Agena Target Vehicle, which was powered by the Bell-built Agena engine and secondary propulsion systems, shown in these vintage Bell promotional pieces.

The Road to the Moon Went Through Western New York!

03/15/2020
Niagara Aerospace Museum

Niagara Aerospace Museum

Dear members, friends, and supporters,

The Niagara Aerospace Museum has reviewed information about the coronavirus from a variety of sources and have determined that it is in the best interest of our visitors and the public in general to temporarily close the museum. The museum will be closed after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, though the end of March.

Each week, the Museum Board of Trustees will consider the decision on when to open based on guidance from state and local government officials. We may re-open earlier if it is appropriate.

We want to especially thank our major sponsors, listed below, for their financial support, which allows us to continue to further the mission of the museum while the museum is temporarily closed.

Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
Curtiss-Wright
Moog
Calspan
Bell

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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!!!!