On our recent visit to the Fantasy of Flight Museum I took a couple of photographs with my iPhone – not the greatest, but better than nothing. Below is a photograph of a beautiful D Model P51 Mustang:
Next, in the Woodworking Shop with Ken Kellett we saw a Curtiss Jenny JN4 that was being restored after it was damaged in a hurricane when the hangar collapsed on all the aircraft. It is just about ready to have the fabric applied, the wings installed, add the motor and it should be good to go:
Next was a full size flyable replica of the famous DR1 German Fokker Dr.I triplane, like the one flown by Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the “Red Baron”. The “Red Baron” was credited with 80 aerial victories over Allied aircraft in World War I before he was shot down flying a Albatros D.II aeroplane.
Next came the Lockheed Vega 5C, the “Winnie Mae”, which was flown by Wiley Post and his navigator, Harold Gatty who set the around the world record of 8 days 15 hours and 51 minutes starting out from New York on June 23, 1931 from Roosevelt Field. Below is a full scale flying replica of this famous aircraft painted in the same livery as the original aircraft:
What makes the Fantasy of Flight Museum unique is that all of the aircraft must be flyable, and in fact are flown by owner Kermit Weeks and his staff. As one strolls through the museum and work shops you become aware of the desire of Weeks to keep aviation history alive and well in Central Florida for all to enjoy.
Next time you take the kids to Disney World, take a short jaunt over to Polk City and tour this interesting museum – you will be glad you did!
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
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