See and touch the airplanes that lifted a generation. The Stearman N2S-4, known as the Yellow Peril, that introduced World War II aviators to flight. The North American SNJ-5 Texan, the classic two-seat advanced trainer, which turned young fliers into combat pilots. The Piper J2 and J3 Cubs, the staples of every hometown flying patch. They're all vanishing from the flying scene, but they're all ready to roar at the Western North Carolina Air Museum in Hendersonville, near Flat Rock.
Aircraft currently on display in the Western North Carolina Air Museum's two hangars include a 1930 Aeronca C-3, 1930 Curtiss Robin, 1931 Piper E-2, 1936 Piper J-2, 1941 Piper J-5, 1945 Stearman N4S, 1946 Piper J-3C-85, 1947 Aeronca 7DC, 1947 Cessna 120, 1947 Piper PA12, 1949 Ercoupe 415CD, Wittman W-8 Tailwind, 1930's Corbin Junior Ace, 1942 Stearman N2S (300 Lyc conversion), 1900's Nieuport 11 (reproduction), 1942 Taylorcraft DC-65 (L-2), 1920's SE-5e (reproduction). Aircraft currently in the process of being restored at the Western North Carolina Air Museum include a 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D and a 1930's Heath Parasol (reproduction).
In addition to the historic aircraft, the Western North Carolina Air Museum displays flight manuals, engines from historic aircraft as well as more modern reciprocating and jet engines, photographs of historic airplanes and pilots, and models of historic airplanes.
Hours of Operation
April thru Oct.
Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM
Sunday,12:00 noon-5 PM
Wednesday, 12:00 noon-5 PM
Nov. thru March
Wed, Sat, Sun: 12 Noon-5 PM
Free Admission. Donations accepted.
Directions: From Asheville or Greenville/Spartanburg take Interstate 26 to Exit 53 (Old Exit 22). Go West on Upward Road. Turn Right onto US-176 (Spartanburg Highway). Turn Right onto Shepherd Street. Go 2 blocks to Brooklyn Avenue. Turn Left onto Brooklyn. The Museum is 3 blocks up, on the Right, adjacent to the Hendersonville Airport (0A7)