The Iowa Aviation Museum opened in May, 1990. It is the only airplane museum in the state that focuses on Iowa's aviation history.
The Museum had its beginning with a gift of eight aircraft from the John and Yvonne Schildberg Airplane Collection. In 1992, in memory of her husband, Yvonne presented the museum with a 1928 Curtiss Robin.
Aircraft in the Museum
This Tiger Moth was built in Canada under license
This WWII trainer was built in 1941 by Wally Timm of Glendale, California. Only six were built to compete for a military contract which was never awarded to Timm. This airplane is Serial #4 and is the only one still in existence.
This glider was built completely of wood except for the metal control stick. It was a slow glider in order to teach rudimentary flying. Because of the short distance to the pedals, it was designed for young persons.
Gliders such as this would use automobiles in order to gain momentum to lift. The instructor could run alongside and yell out instructions. When it came to a hill it would be detached.
The Piper J-2 was the first airplane built with the Piper name. Pipers became the most successful light airplanes between WWI and WWII. The J-2 weighs only 660 pounds empty and 1000 pounds with fuel, oil and occupants. It has a 2-place cabin piloted from the rear seat. It has the original 40h.p. 4-cylinder Continental engine. Original models did not have brakes. Since this one was flown in modern times, brakes were added for safety reasons. Piper discontinued making J-2s in 1937.
This 1928 Curtiss Robin is the oldest one known to exist. It was the third one built at the Curtiss Robertson Airplane Plant in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. It is a 3-place airplane designed for 2 passengers and piloted from the front seat. In the process of being restored, it took eight years to locate some original parts. It is a well-designed aircraft that was built to reduce the surplus of OX-5 engines from WWI. It is a slow flyer at 85 mph. It weighs 1450 pounds and has a wing span of 41 feet. Many Robins were used in the late 1920s and early 1930s to set endurance and altitude records.
Other airplanes and gliders are on display at the
Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield, Iowa.
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