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AIRPLANES THAT LANDED AT THE GRAND CENTRAL AIR TERMINAL

What were some of our airplanes that landed at the Grand Central Air Terminal? The aircraft were as varied as their pilots; their itineraries and histories are equally as interesting and uplifting; sometimes equally as tragic.

Some were owned by early aviation entrepreneurs; some were brand new and making their maiden flights; some flew around the U.S. for many hundreds of hours before and after they came into our view at Glendale; some were used for rum-running and advertising, airshows and races, honeymoons and other endurance events.

Most of the aircraft are identified by their registration numbers as well as their make and model. Please check "What's New on the Site" to see information on airplanes I have recently uploaded. Follow those leads for examples of the types of extended information I envision for this site.

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Many of the aircraft and their descriptions you'll discover through the dropdown menus above are summarized from my research visits with the National Air and Space Museum historical aircraft listings, available in the archives at the Museum on the Mall and at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport. These lists are hand-written documents, sometimes rich with data; sometimes not. The older the aircraft, the less detail is available, and there are gaps of a decade or more in some planes’ chains of custody. Many aircraft endured modifications that challenged their airworthiness, and they suffered many accidents during their relatively short lives. Some are still registered with the FAA today and I have noted that in their histories here and elsewhere on this suite of Web sites.

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