Explore a unique collection from aviation history with a visit to the North Carolina Aviation Museum in Asheboro, NC. Located an hour and a half northeast of Charlotte at the Asheboro Regional Airport, the museum features a variety of historical aircraft, vehicles and memorabilia.
The North Carolina Aviation Museum, founded in 1994 by businessman Jim Peddycord, originally housed only a couple of vintage military aircraft. Throughout the years, the museum has expanded its impressive collection to include a variety of artifacts, such as weapons, uniforms and artwork.
In 2001-02, the museum was chosen as the official site for the North Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.
Among the museum’s collection is a 1941 Piper J-3 Flitfire flown by Orville Wright in 1943. The aircraft is one of the few Flitfires still known to exist. Also on display is President Harry Truman’s armored limousine.
Suspended from the ceiling of the Bob Moon Souvenir Gift Shop is an extensive collection of aircraft models ranging from a 1903 Wright Flyer to a P-51 Mustang. While browsing the gift shop, visitors can also try their hand at flying a Cessna 172 via the museum’s flight simulator.
The museum hosts a number of events throughout the year which are open to the public, including an annual “fly-in” which draws in a number of visiting aircraft. To check what events are on the schedule and to see which aircraft are currently on display, visit http://www.ncaviationmuseumhalloffame.com.