Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's Main Hangar
Come on in, but watch your head! The hangar houses a large part of the Museum's collection, and as big as this hangar is, there is not a lot of empty space. The good news is that nothing is roped off. You can get as close as you like, peek through the windows and into cockpits, and see these beautiful works of the aircraft designers' art from every possible angle.
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For example, here we are up close and personal with the beautifully restored Naval Aircraft Factory N3N, nicknamed the "Yellow Peril" by students and instructors alike.
Take a Virtual Tour of the N3N Yellow Peril
Built in Riverdale, Maryland, this is the 1950 Erco/Sanders "Ercoupe". It is a spin-proof aircraft with coordinated ailerons and rudders, and therefore no rudder pedals.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Ercoupe
In the late 1920' the little Heath LNA-4 "Parasol" was the plane that began the home-built aircraft kit revolution that is alive and well today. Ours is a rare, factory-built, 1932 model.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Parasol
This little blue beauty is the Culver Cadet.
Over there beyond our Stearman N2S is a tour group learning about our award-winning B-25J Mitchell, 'Briefing Time', from one of our volunteer guides.
Here's a better look at the largest plane in the hangar, the mighty B-25J Mitchell, 'Briefing Time'. If you want to take advantage of the opportunity to get a really detailed and extensive look at this immaculately restored beauty, just click the link below.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Mitchell
Even the walls and overhead spaces have been put to work to display some of the smaller, lighter MAAM aircraft. Beyond the tail turret of the B-25J hangs the Romano-Bushby MM1 "Midget Mustang" home-built aircraft.
This little RAF Spitfire impersonator, called a "Spitfire Kitten", is another one of a half-dozen home-built aircraft in the MAAM collection.
One of the planes hanging from the hangar rafters is the 1982 American Aerolights "Double Eagle", a two-place ultra-light aircraft.
Perhaps the most unusual home-built is Dr. George Spratt's design, the Spratt 108 "Control Wing". The wing of the aircraft is pivoted to provide a variable angle of incidence while in flight and can also be moved in opposing directions, providing a banked attitude for turns.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Control Wing
That's the Teeter BG-12 Sailplane up there - another home-built aircraft.
Not all the little birds are hung up to dry, though. This small piece of floor space is occupied by the Benson B8V Gyrocopter. In the background are the 1929 Brunner-Winkle "Bird" Model AT and the Beech G18 Super.
From light to heavy, the big TBM Avenger
was the largest single-engine aircraft of WWII.
It really helps us that the mighty "Turkey" has folding wings! This is the type of aircraft flown by President George H.W. Bush during World War II.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Avenger
Behind the TBM, this aqua and white beauty is our Beech G18 Super. This aircraft's 30 year production run was the longest of any twin-engine, piston-driven aircraft.
The Consolidated-Vultee SNV-1 advanced trainer was officially called the "Valiant", but she was affectionately known as the "Vultee Vibrator" to her student pilots and flight instructors.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Valiant
Ranged about the hangar walls are display cases with a wide variety of artifacts and models. Here we see a piece of nose art above the famous Norden Bomb Sight.
On your way to the restroom? Don't trip over the massive Pratt & Whitney R-4360-53 cut-away engine. Six of these monsters along with four J47-GE-19 turbo-jets, powered the mammoth Consolidated B-36J "Peacemaker" intercontinental bomber. The pusher-type reciprocating engines cranked out 3,800 HP each. This is but one of a number of stand-mounted engines on display in the hangar.
This is the Boeing N2S Stearman "Kaydet" primary trainer used by both the Navy and Army to train over 60,000 pilots during WWII. You can actually get an open-cockpit ride in the front seat of this beauty. The other MAAM plane on which you can Take a Flight Into History is...
Take a Virtual Tour of the Stearman
...our immaculate North American SNJ-1 Advanced Trainer. Designated the AT-6 "Texan" by the USAAF, it was known as the "Harvard" in Great Britain and its Commonwealth countries.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Texan
The most recent addition to the hangar roster is none other than the museum's P-61B 'Black Widow'. The famed night-fighter was moved from the restoration shop into the hangar in April, 2006 where its restoration to flying status will continue. When complete, it will be the only flying P-61 in the world. The story of the incredible recovery of the wrecked plane from its mountain crash site in New Guinea and the ongoing restoration can be experienced at the Widow's Web.
There is even more to see, but this will give you a good idea of what awaits you on your visit to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's Main Hangar.
Here's a final picture of the SNJ advanced trainer photographed from the cockpit of another N.A.A product, the B-25J Mitchell.
Sorry, you can't
get this shot yourself, because we don't open the interiors of these rare museum
pieces to the public. But we can do the next best thing. Now
that you have taken a virtual tour of our ramp and hangar, we are pleased to
offer you exterior and interior...
VIRTUAL TOURS OF THE MAAM AIRCRAFT COLLECTION
photo credits: MAAM, Tom McManus, Bill Rambow