Carolinas Historic Flight Aircraft
The following aircraft have been preserved and maintained in flying condition by the Carolinas Aviation Museum so that all residents and future generations, as well as those outside the Charlotte region can see and experience the exhilaration of flight by these historic aircraft. In addition to flying from our base at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, our aircraft also tour the eastern United States to attend numerous air shows and community events. We also rent our aircraft to movie production companies when they are in need of a particular historic aircraft. All of our air show pilots hold Airline Transport Pilot ratings and have significant experience with these particular types of aircraft.
Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3
The flagship of our fleet, the Museum's award winning historic Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3. Piedmont as the longest operator of DC-3 aircraft in scheduled passenger service. The DC-3 helped build Piedmont Airlines into the great airline that it became. This particular aircraft was not flown by Piedmont in revenue service. But, it was acquired by Piedmont after they converted to 737 jets and was lovingly restored and flown by Piedmont Airlines to air shows in the region.
The DC-3 was the first aircraft type which enabled the airlines to offer and make money at reliably scheduled air service. No aircraft epitomizes the dawn of golden age scheduled air service more than the DC-3. Our DC-3 is in immaculate condition, and is often in demand for movies which require a passenger aircraft from the late 1930s to the late 1950s.
One of the moments we are most proud of was the flight of our Piedmont Airlines DC-3 on December 17th, 2003 over the Wright Brothers Monument to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers. To commemorate this historic moment, and an example of our attention to historic detail, Mr. Howard Miller, one of our former Board members and Mr. Scott Edwards flew the aircraft on this historic occasion. Both Howard Miller and Scott Edwards wore their original Piedmont Airlines Pilots uniforms during the flight. Howard Miller commanded the flight.
The flagship of our fleet, the Museum's award winning historic Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3 is the epitome early airline travel in the 1930s & 1940s.
Our award winning DC-3 is flown to air shows on a regular basis and has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows.
In 2003 our DC-3 received the EAA's "Best Transport Award" at Oshkosh.
US Army Grumman OV-1D Mohawk 62-5890
Developed by Grumman for the the United States Army in the early 1960's to fulfill a requirement for a battlefield observation aircraft, the Mohawk went on to a 35+ year career with Army battlefield intelligence units. Acquired by the Museum directly from the Army in 1996 when the last of the Mohawks were de-activated, our aircraft have been preserved in their stock military configuration.
Preserved in their final military configuration, Mohawks served from Vietnam to Desert Storm. One of the lesser known, but most important roles of the Mohawk was its highly classified missions of border surveillance during the Cold War in Germany and Korea.
Both of our aircraft are combat veterans of Vietnam. 890 also saw service in Honduras and was the last OV-1 to be damaged in combat. Several of our pilots flew these aircraft in combat in Vietnam and in the Persian Gulf during operation Desert Storm.
US Army Grumman OV-1D Mohawk 62-5874
Both of our aircraft are slightly different. 874 is a dual-control aircraft and is used for all of our recurrent pilot training. For the 2005 air show season we have mounted a APS-94 SLAR (Side Looking Infrared Radar) boom and an ALQ-147 "hotbrick" IR jammer pod on the aircraft. We have also repainted the aircraft with an historically accurate "sharks mouth". Click here to view a brief movie of a landing gear test during the 2005 annual inspection for our Grumman Mohawk 25-874. Click here to see an example of our OV-1D t-shirts which we sell in our gift shop and at air shows.