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07/03/2019

Brian Miklos gives an update on T-34C Progress!

07/02/2019

V-12/Mustang Maintenance

Another shot from this morning. The Mid America Flight Museum North American AT6/SNJ. It's amazing how these aircraft we...
06/30/2019

Another shot from this morning. The Mid America Flight Museum North American AT6/SNJ. It's amazing how these aircraft were designed and built so soon on the heels of the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk.-wminor

The Mid America Flight Museum's North American T-28A sure makes for great eye candy. This is the instrument panel shot i...
06/30/2019

The Mid America Flight Museum's North American T-28A sure makes for great eye candy. This is the instrument panel shot in the dark hangar this morning using a few strobes with the shutter open.-wminor.

I may try to reshoot this in cooler weather but here is a shot of the Douglas A26 Instrument Panel. There is room for im...
06/27/2019

I may try to reshoot this in cooler weather but here is a shot of the Douglas A26 Instrument Panel. There is room for improvement with the photo but this really is a nice looking panel.-wayne m.

CW2 Donald Roberts and CW2 Josh Jones stopped in Mt Pleasant for fuel yesterday and I had the privilege of showing these...
06/26/2019

CW2 Donald Roberts and CW2 Josh Jones stopped in Mt Pleasant for fuel yesterday and I had the privilege of showing these young men our museum. Just back from Afghanistan ..... Thank you for your service and sacrifice defending our country.....

We appreciate all military transients to stop in for a visit !

Mid America Flight Museum welcomes Mt Pleasant TX Class of 196950th Reunion !!
06/22/2019

Mid America Flight Museum welcomes
Mt Pleasant TX Class of 1969
50th Reunion !!

06/07/2019
Special day!
06/07/2019

Special day!

Special thanks to the Mid America Flight Museum for the flyover and taking part in the #DDay75 events here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Check out a couple photos from the cockpit of the C-47 Sky King. #avgeek #airhistory #DDay75 #WWII

06/07/2019
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Nice video about our C-47 “SkyKing” filmed by the National Museum of the USAF

Join us for the D-Day Commemoration events here at the museum tomorrow, info here: http://bit.ly/2WbnXFU #DDay75 #avgeek #WWII

The flyover will take place during a wreath laying ceremony in the museum’s Memorial Park at 10 a.m. with the C-47 “Sky King” from the Mid America Flight Museum in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, which successfully dropped 18 Paratroopers during the D-Day invasion; and a C-47A from Vintage Wings in Terre Haute, Ind., whose primary mission was transporting cargo and paratroopers.

06/06/2019

Sky King returning from the D-Day fly over!!

05/31/2019
Mid America Flight Museum want to express our condolences to the family of WWII Combat Veteran, Edmond K. Hammond or Mr....
05/29/2019

Mid America Flight Museum want to express our condolences to the family of WWII Combat Veteran, Edmond K. Hammond or Mr. Ed, as many affectionately called him. He served in the 1st Marin Division when U.S. Forces fought the fierce drawn out and costly battle for the South Pacific Island of Peleliu. He afterward went to Okinawa then participated in the disarmament of Japan. Ed was always interesting to talk to, about any subject. He especially loved to play music and not the plain vanilla kind either. He played a lot of complex pieces with a bushel basket full of passing chords and was also a BMI published songwriter. Mr. Ed was one of the first musicians I befriended in Texas when I met him and his friend David Watson over at Hall's Store in Cass County for a weekly jam session. With his passing, another shining example of the Greatest Generation has left us but his legacy remains strong. Godspeed Mr. Ed. We hope all the guitars you might find in heaven are easy noting and all tuned up, ready to go. If you bump into any old Bluegrassers up there, you can always confound them with some of those great chord progressions you shared with me and others. Most of all, thank you for your service to our great country Sir. By Wayne Minor.

As we approach this Memorial Day Weekend, Mid America Flight Museum would like to take a moment to express our deepest g...
05/24/2019

As we approach this Memorial Day Weekend, Mid America Flight Museum would like to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for those military men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for country and countrymen. The freedom we enjoy today was paid forward by the soldiers, sailors, seamen, and airmen,who gave everything they had in sacrifice for this country which they held so dear.

Those of us who yet reap the benefit of freedom's price, bought by others, should ever remember these heroes and keep them close to our hearts even as we go about the various gatherings and festivities this special holiday weekend. We hope each and everyone of you have a safe, fun, and memorable Memorial Day Weekend but we ask that you always remember what Memorial Day represents.

For those looking for something to do out of the sun for part of the weekend, Mid America Flight Museum will be open our normal hours tomorrow, Saturday May 25th from 10:00 AM til 2:00 PM. We would be glad to see as many as want to visit.

05/24/2019
05/15/2019
Mid America Flight Museum

what a great day and just a bit of rain, but Scott took advantage of the "down" time with an interview with one of our heroes

Had an amazing opportunity to fly Art Kemp in our P-51 today in Urbana OH. Art was a B-17 tail-gunner that flew 34 missions in Europe. After our flight it started raining so I shot this video while we were waiting out the shower. Hope you enjoy and share with your friends.

05/13/2019
Mother Natures Beauty .. With Mid America Flight Museum's Aircraft
05/12/2019

Mother Natures Beauty .. With Mid America Flight Museum's Aircraft

Really wanted to thank Scott Glover for putting in all the hard work in preparing the weather. Getting Mother Nature to answer the phone is a daunting challenge, but Scott can be a rather convincing guy. And he's not a bad pilot either.

Here a Curtiss-Wright Robin flown by Scott Glover, joins up on Kelly Mahon flying the Mid America Flight Museum's TravelAir/Curtiss-Wright 4000 over Lake Bob Sandlin near Mt. Pleasant, TX. Photo pilot was Matt Bongers flying the O-1 Bird Dog. #AvGeek #Vintage #air2air Nikon Ken-Labs

05/12/2019

Never did I think I would get to experience Helicopter aerobatics from the cockpit.... Yet alone be partners in a BO105. Thank you Scott Urschel for the Amazing Experience!

A rainy day tour at Mid America Flight Museum.  Friends from Oklahoma visiting this morning.
05/11/2019

A rainy day tour at Mid America Flight Museum. Friends from Oklahoma visiting this morning.

05/08/2019
One of the things we love about the people we meet at Mid America Flight Museum is the people we meet and hearing about ...
05/04/2019

One of the things we love about the people we meet at Mid America Flight Museum is the people we meet and hearing about their ancestors. We hear a lot of enjoyable stories but every once in a while, folks bring in some documentation that we find interesting.

A good while back, Rob Wickman visited the museum and was impressed with the museum’s pristinely restored 1925 WACO 9 biplane and told us how his grandfather had owned and flown a WACO 9 back in the day. He promised to return with some memorabilia.

Today Rob returned with his friend Coty Smith and Rob had the chance to share a little history of his Grandfather Edwin Wickman. Edwin Wickman was born in October of 1902, about 14 months before the Wright Brothers conducted their first successful powered flight.

Rob told us that his Grandfather married well, when he married Evelyn Starkweather Wickman. Edwin told that his new wife bought him an airplane. The airplane his sweetheart bought for him was a 1929 WACO 9, made by the Weaver Aircraft Company. Not only did the young Wickman learned to fly in the WACO, he became a master of his craft and made a living barnstorming prior to World War II. To be sure, Edwin Wickman likely cut quite a figure barnstorming across the countryside in his WACO. It had a black fuselage, crimson red wings, and was fitted with the numbers NC666.

The story was, according to the elder Wickman, the government made all civilian aircraft stand down during WWII so his Waco 9 hat its wings removed and it was stored in a barn until it was sold off later. The wings, Wickman said, were sold to Steve Wittman, a renowned barnstormer and racer. Wittman would eventually have an airfield named for him at Oshkosh.

Edwin Wickman did not join the military but he rolled his sleeves up and did his part as a flight instructor with the Civilian Pilot Training Program. Ewin Wickman was maybe the first Fixed Base Operator (FBO) in Oshkosh at one point. The story goes that the little white hangar is still standing.

Edwin’s son and grandson Rob Wickmen went on to become aviators and continued to carry on the Wickman tradition of flying long after Edwin’s passing. Rob was kind enough to share a few photographs and other items from his grandfather’s collection and we took a few photographs of it. We shared a few photos of Rob’s visit and are sharing them here.

As a side note, we were intrigued that Rob was wearing a jacket with a P-40 adorned in the Aleutian Tiger like the museum’s P40 Warkhawk. We asked him to take a photograph alongside the museum’s P40.

A nice article about the Evangel  written by Budd Davisson in the 1973 Air Progress Magazine.      The aircraft we just ...
05/02/2019
Flying the Evangel bush twin

A nice article about the Evangel written by Budd Davisson in the 1973 Air Progress Magazine. The aircraft we just acquired is serial number 1 out of 8 built and is currently the only one flying. It will stay in Spokane with Kelly Mahon this year as he is taking on the project to get squawks fixed and ready for a new paint job. Impressive plane. 1300 lbs payload with full fuel !

04/30/2019
C-47 Engine Runs Mid America Flight Museum

Erik Johnston made this video of our engine runs on the museum’s C-47 “Sky King” following her annual inspection. Keep an aye out for the video we made when giving veterans a ride in this historic aircraft. We love giving back to our Veterans that served for our wonderful country!!
https://youtu.be/eMAXbOJw38g

Fresh our of annual inspection, Andrew Kiest and Billy Packard perform engine runs on the Mid America Flight Museum's C-47. This C-47 flew all the major miss...

Hello friends, listing our Turbo Commander for sale for $875,000 to find a new home.  Please reach out to Andrew Kiest f...
04/24/2019

Hello friends, listing our Turbo Commander for sale for $875,000 to find a new home. Please reach out to Andrew Kiest for any additional info or if you or someone you know is interested. Details are: Beautiful 1981 Commander 840, well maintained -10 powered with Long Range fuel option and a 300kt cruise. Easy 4hrs plus 1hr reserve. Garmin 750/650, dual transponders, adsb in/out. Newer leather interior and excellent paint. Total time 8246, Both Engines: SMOH 3189 and SHOT 697. Hartzell W/C Q-tip props new in 2015 with 433 hrs on them. 1 yr/150hr inspection due in August 2019. Other features include: Freon Air, Extended baggage, LED Taxi lights. Located at Mount Pleasant Regional in Mount Pleasant, Tx (KOSA). All maintenance done by East Texas Turbines in Tyler, Tx. Open to trades +/- cash for Antique, warbirds or a well equipped IO-550 powered 58 Baron.

Hope all have a happy and Blessed Easter Sunday.
04/21/2019

Hope all have a happy and Blessed Easter Sunday.

04/21/2019

We at Mid America Flight Museum recently made some new friends when a good sized group, many from Sri Lanka. This morning we are saddened to hear of the several coordinated and targeted Easter attacks against Christians, churches, and hotels there in which at least hundreds have died. We would as that as others go about our Easter Sunday activities today, to keep those brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka in their thoughts and prayers, especially our group of friends who we met recently. It's doubtful that they were no touched in someway during the heinous attack on Christians there.

Perfect weather at Mid America Flight Museum. Scott Glover fielding a tour of visitors at the museum today.
04/20/2019

Perfect weather at Mid America Flight Museum. Scott Glover fielding a tour of visitors at the museum today.

Here is Steve Garrett manning the fire bottle during the first engine runs of the C-47 after being given a clean bill of...
04/20/2019

Here is Steve Garrett manning the fire bottle during the first engine runs of the C-47 after being given a clean bill of health after her annual inspection. Our C-47 "Sky King" is considered the flagship of our museum and we are very proud to be the custodians of this amazing historic airplane. Steve Garrett is one of the guys responsible for the cleanliness of the museum. He keeps it spotless!!

Photo: Erik Johnston

Erik Johnston took this photo of the museum's TBM Avenger and A-26 Invader. This was right before we ran the TBM after i...
04/20/2019

Erik Johnston took this photo of the museum's TBM Avenger and A-26 Invader. This was right before we ran the TBM after it's annual inspection.

04/18/2019

Jim Salazar talks about his Greenland expedition to find aircraft and repatriate remains of war service men.... Jim found a P-38 in “The Lost Squadron” just last year using an amazing technology flown by drones. His current Search is for a Grumman Duck that crashed in 1942 while trying to rescue a crew from a downed B-17..... Such a worthy cause and was an absolute pleasure to have jim and his friend Don Clark spend time in our museum.

Here a Curtiss-Wright Robin flown by Scott Glover, joins up on Kelly Mahon flying the Mid America Flight Museum's Travel...
04/16/2019

Here a Curtiss-Wright Robin flown by Scott Glover, joins up on Kelly Mahon flying the Mid America Flight Museum's TravelAir/Curtiss-Wright 4000 over Lake Bob Sandlin near Mt. Pleasant, TX ..
This was taken April 2016

Really wanted to thank Scott Glover for putting in all the hard work in preparing the weather. Getting Mother Nature to answer the phone is a daunting challenge, but Scott can be a rather convincing guy. And he's not a bad pilot either.

Here a Curtiss-Wright Robin flown by Scott Glover, joins up on Kelly Mahon flying the Mid America Flight Museum's TravelAir/Curtiss-Wright 4000 over Lake Bob Sandlin near Mt. Pleasant, TX. Photo pilot was Matt Bongers flying the O-1 Bird Dog. #AvGeek #Vintage #air2air Nikon Ken-Labs

04/14/2019

Erik Johnston shot this short clip of Billy Packard towing the TBM Avenger our of the hangar for engine runs following it's annual inspection.

04/13/2019

Erik Johnston put together this short teaser of our flight in the Spartan Executive yesterday. We are looking forward to seeing the final video in a few days!!

Erik Johnston got these screen shots from the footage of our flight on the Spartan Executive yesterday.
04/12/2019

Erik Johnston got these screen shots from the footage of our flight on the Spartan Executive yesterday.

Here are a few screen shots from the Spartan Executive flight at the Mid America Flight Museum with Scott Glover yesterday. The Spartan has had a special place in my heart for many years and it was a real pleasure to have the opportunity to fly in this iconic and beautiful airplane. I can't thank Scott Glover enough for his generosity in taking me and David Burt for a ride so we could make this video to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy!!

City of Urbana, Government
04/12/2019

City of Urbana, Government

On Monday April 8th, I had the honor of attending the 2019 Ohio Aviation Association's (OAA) Annual Conference President's Banquet and Award Ceremony in Columbus, where Elton Cultice was recognized as the 2019 Airport Manager of the Year.

In her statement, Stacey Heaton (OAA Executive Director), related that this award honors an individual, who has demonstrated historical, sustainable and profound contributions to the aviation industry and exhibited a positive impact on the industry. This individual has provided continuous support of OAA’s mission and goals, as well as the growth and development of the Ohio aviation industry. Elton was presented his award by Stacey and OAA Board President, Lance Wannamaker.

While not the largest, or most prestigious airport in the state, Grimes Field is recognized as a leader in promoting the aviation industry by offering the community opportunities to get "up close and personal", and Elton has taken a lead role in that effort.

Please join me in congratulating Elton. He is an ambassador for Urbana and is dedicated to making Grimes Field a Central Ohio destination.

Thank you,

Kerry Brugger
Director of Administration

Today we filled all 18 seats in the C-47 for a veteran flight!! It was another amazing day at Mid America Flight Museum!...
04/12/2019

Today we filled all 18 seats in the C-47 for a veteran flight!! It was another amazing day at Mid America Flight Museum!!

04/11/2019
04/11/2019
Reviewing a few photographs from when the Crew of the B-25 God and Country got to meet with Col. Dick Cole. It was momen...
04/10/2019

Reviewing a few photographs from when the Crew of the B-25 God and Country got to meet with Col. Dick Cole. It was moment in a day that none of us will ever forget.

There are times when words  cannot adequately describe the measure of a man. This is especially true learning of the pas...
04/09/2019

There are times when words cannot adequately describe the measure of a man. This is especially true learning of the passing of our friend Col. Dick Cole. His reputation and his deeds speak for themselves. We at Mid America Flight Museum remain grateful for the remarkable military career of this true hero and in his later years, taking a few minutes of his busy schedule to meet with the flight crews of the B-25s at Grimes Field in Urbana, Ohio a couple of years ago. We know that today, he is flying higher than ever before.

I'm saddened to learn that Lt. Colonel RE Cole has passed away. The news has been confirmed and WarbirdRadio.com has learned the memorial service will be held at Randolph AFB in the future. ~Matt

Mid America Flight Museum's C-41. This plane was used by Gen Hap Arnold. Very amazing and historic airplane. Purchased A...
04/08/2019

Mid America Flight Museum's C-41. This plane was used by Gen Hap Arnold. Very amazing and historic airplane.
Purchased April 2016 .. Now having new interior and updated instrument panel installed ..

Periodically, Mid America Flight Museum likes to recognize important aviators from history. This week saw the passing of...
03/30/2019

Periodically, Mid America Flight Museum likes to recognize important aviators from history. This week saw the passing of Air France 79 pilot Michel Bacos who was a former French Freedom Fighter during World War II. He had experience being in opposition to the most extreme forms of anti-semitism; he was 94 years old.

On June 27th, 1976, Michel Bacos was the Pilot in Command aboard Air France 79, when his airliner was hijacked by several members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization. In all the group initially had 106 hostages including Bacos' crew. They were held for several days but on June 30th, the hostage takers allowed all Non-Isralie hostages to leave. Bacos had seen enough of genocide during the War and abhorred the idea.

Instead of choosing freedom, Bacos and his entire flight crew elected to remain as hostages along with the Israelis. Ultimately, 48 hostages were let go.

Five days later on July 5th, Isralie special forces conducted the highly lauded "Raid on Entebbi and freed the remaining hostages with only three hostages being killed. This raid remains a well documented success considering the odds and the circumstances.

Mid America Flight Museum wants to call attention to our Brother Aviator, Michel Bacos and wish him peaceful skies. He was another true example of the Greatest Generation albeit from another country's best of the best from the era.

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