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Piper Aviation Museum
One Piper Way
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745
Voice: 570-748-8283

The story of Piper Aviation begins with William T. Piper, Sr. His career in aviation began in 1929 when he purchased a stake in Taylor Brothers Aircraft Corporation in Bradford, PA. In March 1937, a fire completely destroyed the factory. At this time, Mr. Piper owned the company and relocated to Lock Haven. He changed the name to Piper Aircraft Corporation.

Mr. Piper developed an assembly line production system enabling the company to become America's foremost small plane manufacturer. In 1938, the company began producing its most famous plane, the J-3 "Piper Cub," a tiny, small-engine plane that was easy to fly and fairly inexpensive. During World War II, the US military purchased thousands of these for use in flight training, medical evacuation, reconnaissance, and artillery spotting. After the war, the company went on to produce many variations of the single-engine planes. To meet increasing business demands, they also produced many successful twin-engine aircraft.

The museum houses many artifacts and planes of the piper Corporation. Begin upstairs where you find collections of Piper memorabilia, photographs, and other Piper artifacts. Enjoy the two-seater Tomahawk Simulator and the World War II trainer. Venture down into the hangar to view the planes. See the Cheyenne 400LS mock-up. Check out the "City of the Angels," this Piper flew around the world in 1947, touching down in 24 countries and covering 26,162 miles.

KAT'S VIEW

My favorite thing was the commercial plane. The toilet was a slide out toilet! The table is one where you pull it up and then fold it out. One plane was called "City of Angels". It touched down in 26 different countries. That's pretty good for this small plane.

 


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