Warbird Rides

    CAF and CFM offering Vintage Helicopter, Trainer and Bomber Warbird Rides

    Jan 29, 2014 – After Saturday’s NWOC presentations end at 1430, NWOC participants will have the opportunity to book Warbird flights in a number of different Commemorative Air Force (CAF) and Cavanaugh Flight Museum (CFM) aircraft. The following aircraft are available:

      • North American T-6 Texan

      • Douglas AD-5/A1-E Skyraider

      • Bell OH-13 Sioux

      • Travel Air 4000 

    North American T-6 Texan
    The North American Texan trainer is one of the most important aircraft of all time and is universally recognized. First built as the NA-16 in 1935, the Texan was in continual production for nearly 10 years and in active use for more than five decades. Primarily used as a trainer, the Texan remains a favorite among warbird collectors around the world.

    Douglas AD-5/A1-E Skyraider
    Douglas Aircraft Co. designed the Skyraider in response to a US Navy requirement for a single place carrier based long range dive-bomber / torpedo attack aircraft. The prototype Skyraider first flew on March 18, 1945. The first production AD-1, delivered in December 1946, went into service in Navy Fighter Squadron Nineteen (VA-19A).

    Bell OH-13 Sioux
    Bell Aircraft Company began development of Bell's first helicopter in September 1941. The prototype (model 30) made its first untethered flight in June 1943. Improvements to the model 30 led to the development of the model 47 which made its first flight in December 1945. In 1946, the Bell 47 became the first helicopter to be certified for civilian use. The US Army placed their initial order in 1948 and designated them H-13B "Sioux" and thereafter all Army helicopters have been named with American Indian Nation names.

    Travel Air 4000
    It was the Golden Age of Aviation and aircraft were all the rage and new aircraft companies were formed to meet the demand. The Travel Air Manufacturing Company was one of these companies and was established in 1925 by Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman each of which who would go on to become icons in the aviation community. The 4000 series was the first in the series to be powered by radial engines and was available in horsepower ranging from 100 to 300 hp. 

    To schedule rides in the Texan, Skyraider, Sioux or Travel Air, contact the Cavanaugh Flight Museum at 972-380-8800 x100 for pricing and availability.



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