Douglas Aircraft

Donald W. Douglas founded his aircraft manufacturing empire in Santa Monica just 17 years after the Wright brothers first flew in 1903. Flying then was the substance of dreams; most people could not imagine that one day they would be able to travel by air. But Donald Douglas revolutionized aviation and commercial air travel. In […]

Lockheed P2V

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The P2V Neptune Flight Deck Console The P2V Neptune series of aircraft was one of the more successful post-war designs for America, with service that spanned decades for a handful of American-friendly countries. The system was designed by Lockheed Corporation from the outset as a land-based maritime patrol and reconnaissance platform. The system proved so […]

Convair 240 Cockpit

Convair 240 Cockpit Searching for a replacement for the venerable Douglas DC-3 in 1945, American initiated a design requirement for a modern, pressurized, twin-engined, 40-seat pressurized airliner for use in local service. The product was the Convair 240 (with “2” engines and “40” passengers – hence the name). As launch customer, American placed an initial […]

Boeing 727 cockpit

The Boeing 727 is a mid-size, narrow-body three-engine jet airliner built by Boeing. Intended for short-haul routes with fewer passengers, the 727 is capable of operating out of shorter length runways and smaller airports. Its trijet design features three Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines at the rear section of the aircraft, along with a T-tail. […]

Allison J33-A-23 engine

Turbojet, 1-stage centrifugal compressor, 14 combustion chambers, 1-stage turbine. This engine is a direct descendent of the Whittle W I/2B series. General Electric improved upon this engine under the engineering team led by Donald F. Truly Warner in April 1942. Two of the first GE series I-A engines, developing 1,250 lbs. Thrust each powered the […]

Wright Flyer replica

The Wright Flyer was the first heavier than air powered aircraft to take flight. The Wright Flyer used a canard biplane design with a pusher engine. It made its first flight on December 17, 1903 traveling 120 feet in 12 seconds. Our Wright Flyer is a replica built by 20th Century Fox as a movie […]

Waco GXE Model 10 – NC3957

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Waco GXE Model 10 – NC3957 The Waco 10/GXE/Waco O series was a range of three-seat open-cockpit biplanes built by the Advance Aircraft Company, later the Waco Aircraft Company. The Waco 10 was a single-engined three-seat single-bay biplane constructed around steel-tube frames. The wing covering was fabric, and both upper and lower planes carried ailerons, […]

Stolp-Adams Starduster – N163G

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The SA-100 Starduster was designed by Louis A Stolp and George M Adams as a light sports aircraft for homebuilding from plans. It is a single bay biplane with fabric covered, wooden framed staggered wings, each pair braced by a single, wide chord interplane strut aided by flying wires. A total of eight center section […]

Rutan VariEZE

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Rutan VariEZE Burt Rutan began selling the plans to build his VariEze (‘very easy’) during summer 1976. Compared to nearly all other homebuilt designs, the VariEze was easier to build, yet it performed better, and cost much less, than the airplanes produced by Cessna, Beechcraft, or Piper. Propelled by a 100-horsepower engine, a VariEze, built […]

Rutan VariViggen

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The Rutan VariViggen is an airplane designed by Burt Rutan. He named it after the Swedish fighter plane, the Saab 37 Viggen, which had partially inspired his design. The aircraft is a two-seat (tandem arrangement), wood and fiberglass canard utilizing a 150 hp Lycoming O-320 piston engine in pusher configuration. The prototype was designated Model […]