Addison Day at Cavanaugh Flight Museum

By on April 19, 2017

Check out airplanes and other activities at Addison Day

Flying in an airplane is a very exciting experience at any age – especially if you are flying in a small plane that soars over the Town of Addison! Gather the crew together to enjoy all things plane related at Addison Day at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Adults and kids are invited to this aviation event, which is located at 4572 Claire Chennault in Addison, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 22.

Aviation enthusiasts (and everyone else) will find many things to enjoy during Addison Day. Walk through the Cavanaugh Flight Museum (free for Addison residents on this day), experience the sights and sounds of history during the family-friendly carnival, play games and activities for adults and children, eat from the concession stand and more. Also, be sure to bring your camera for unique photo opportunities with the special museum aircraft that are not normally open for viewing.

In addition to the carnival-like atmosphere and interesting museum exhibits, families will also enjoy the discounted aircraft rides, aircraft tours, warbird flying displays, tank demonstrations, and flying a drone in the drone area.

If you’ve never flown in a small two- or four-seat aircraft, you are missing out. The thrill of gliding over the open air in a small plane is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Each flight is a 30-minute ride experience, and passengers must be 18 or older. For your ride, you can choose from one of many distinctive warbird aircraft.

The Trainers include the Boeing N2S-4 Stearman Kaydet, Travel Air 4000, North American AT-6/SNJ Texan and the North American T-28B Trojan. The Stearman Kaydet is nicknamed “Yellow Peril” due to its tricky ground handling characteristics. This type of plane was the only American aircraft used during World War II that was completely standardized for both Army and Navy use. The Travel Air was made during the Golden Age of Aviation, when the Travel Air Manufacturing Company was founded in 1925. Although it was known for building dependable, well-designed aircraft, the company went out of business during the Great Depression. The Texan is “one of the most important aircraft of all time”, and it was used as a trainer, as well as flying command and staff transports for the U.S. Navy. The Trojan was used to train the Air Force, Navy and Marine pilots from the 1950s to the 1980s.

You could also choose to fly an attack/observation/bomber plane. The Douglas AD-5W/EA1-E Skyraider was developed after the U.S. Navy required a single place carrier based long-range dive-bomber/torpedo attack aircraft. This plane was the backbone of close air support and ground attack operations in the Korean War. The Cessna O-2A Skymaster was originally used as an observation and forward air control aircraft, until the Air Force commissioned Cessna to build a military variant of their 337 aircraft. The North American B-25H Mitchell was one of the best American Weapons of World War II. It was famed for its role in the Doolittle Raid on Japan.

There are also two fighter planes and a helicopter available to ride in. The North American P-51D Mustang is one of the best-known fighter aircraft of all time, as it possessed a speed, endurance, maneuverability and firepower. Also, the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair was one of the most distinctive fighters of World War II, and it was the world’s first single-engine fighter capable of speeds over 400 mph in level flight. Finally, the Bell Helicopter OH-13D Sioux became famous for its portrayal in the Korean War by the television show “M*A*S*H”, and it was also used for basic and instrument training of helicopter pilots during the Vietnam War.

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a nonprofit 501c(3) educational organization devoted to “promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America’s aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation.” You can sign up to help the museum by making a tax-deductible donation online or volunteering. Volunteer opportunities include greeting visitors, answering questions, conducting tours, attending the needs of the patrons, assisting the museum staff in maintaining the appearance of aircraft, and traveling to airshows and fly-ins.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and $5 for children ages 4 to 12.

If you’ve always wanted to visit a flight museum, if your kids are obsessed with airplanes, or if you just think it would be cool to spend an afternoon riding around in historical warbird airplanes, than come out to Addison Day at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. It’s a great opportunity to learn a little more about aviation history, while having a lot of fun at the same time.

For more information about the Addison Day event, visit Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s website at, or call 972.380.8800 x100.

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master's degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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