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Air Heritage Museum

Ohio-Beaver

Air Heritage Museum

Location Details

PHONE: 724-843-2820
ADDRESS: 35 Piper Street
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
HOURS: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday: Appointment only
COST: Donations appreciated

Event Details

Aviation Appreciation Day

Description

A 120x120 foot hangar at the Beaver County Airport houses the Air Heritage Museum. With over 400 members, this volunteer organization is dedicated to educating the public about the history of aviation and its local ties. Models of war planes show their evolution over time, along with photos of the local heroes, both men and women, who served their country by flying planes since the World War I. The region’s industry also played a role in the aviation war efforts: during World War II, instead of canning food, the Heinz plant in Pittsburgh manufactured glider planes used in the D-Day invasion.

The Air Heritage Museum not only displays models and equipment, its members also restore rare war planes on site. Some planes have taken over four years to restore! The volunteers like to say that this labor of love makes them “plane” nuts! They have even acquired some of the planes they restore, including a C-123K plane flown in the Vietnam War, which they named “The Thunder Pig”. “Pig” can carry up to 60,000 pounds and, at just over 75 feet long, its tail can’t even fit inside the hanger! Built in 1956, “Pig” is still in flying condition and travels to air shows across the country. Air Heritage is truly a “flying museum.”

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