Our mission is teaching about early aviation through our Museum and Air Shows. The Education Program provides a hands on component where you learn by working on project aircraft. Generous donors have provided us with a flying Porterfield Collegiate, and an Aeronca Defender with all the supplies to get the airframe to flying status. We’re also restoring a Taylor J-2 Cub from the Aerodrome collection . The program is open to all those 14-20. An application, essay, 2 letters of recommendation, and an interview with applicant and parents are required. Participants receive an Airframe and Powerplant Log Book and earn 1 hour of flight instruction for every 10 hours spent working on and maintaining aircraft. The number of participants is limited, by ratio, to the number of instructors. The program meets on Monday evenings. For information call 845-752-3200 or email us.
We depend on donations for materials and supplies and currently need a propeller for a Continental C-85 engine and to overhaul a C-85 for the Defender. We’re planning a campaign to build a separate hangar for the program.
The Defender Fuselage – We’re Gonna Cover it! Defender Wing In The Shop – Nearly Finished