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Air Heritage Museum: C-123K “Thunder Pig”

This American military transport aircraft produced in the 1950's went on to serve in Southeast Asia. During the War in Vietnam, the C-123 was used to deliver supplies, to evacuate the wounded, and also used to spray Agent Orange. After retirement this aircraft has survived and is the only flying C-123 in the WORLD and has appeared in several movies including; Naked Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and American Made staring Tom Cruise.

Air Heritage Museum: L-21B Seneca

The L-21 is a conversion of the civil Piper PA-18 Super Cub with increased canopy area and military equipment. It is used for training and liaison work by the U.S. Army and Air Force and was supplied to many of our allies under the Mutual Assistance Defense Plan (MDAP).

This restored example served in the Italian Army until 1979 when it was returned to the United States. It was acquired by Air Heritage on June 1, 1987 and was totally restored back to it’s original Italian colors by the few dedicated members of Air Heritage at that time.

Akron Children's Hospital, Air Bear

Ohio’s first pediatric-dedicated helicopter is housed at Akron Children’s Hospital. They can reach critically ill infants, children, teens and pediatric burn patients during medical emergencies at regional and community hospitals throughout northeast Ohio. Each flight includes a Med-Trans pilot, as well as a dedicated transport nurse, respiratory therapist and medic from Akron Children’s Critical Care Transport team. 

C-17 Globemaster III, USAF, Wright-Patterson AFB

The C-17 commonly performs tactical and strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include medical evacuation and airdrop duties. The C-17 is 174 feet long and has a wingspan of about 170 feet. For cargo operations the aircraft requires a crew of three: pilot, copilot, and Loadmaster. Maximum payload of the C-17 is 170,900 pounds, and its maximum takeoff weight is 585,000 pounds.

Castle Aviation: Cessna Caravan

See firsthand what a small cargo aircraft looks like inside. You'll be impressed by the size of this aircraft. Based at Akron-Canton Airport, Castle can launch an aircraft within 1 hour of your call and fly into and out of most airports in the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Castle Aviation: SAAB 340B

The SAAB 340B has a max cruise speed of 290 knots. It's max cargo load is 7,500 lbs and it's range is 1,300 miles. Come walk through this workhorse of a plane.

L-19 / O-1 Bird Dog

The Army selected the L-19 as its new observation aircraft in 1949 since it was constructed of all metal, as the fabric-covered liaison aircraft used during World War II (such as the L-4) had short service lives. The L-19 did not disappoint and played a key role in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The name, Bird Dog, was chosen because the role of the new aircraft was to find the enemy and orbit overhead until artillery (or attack aircraft) could be brought to bear on the enemy. While flying low and close to the battlefield, the pilot would observe the exploding shells and adjust the fire via his radios, in the manner of a bird dog (gun dog) used by game hunters. This museum quality aircraft is owned by Doug Cartledge and is based in Wadsworth.

P-51 Mustang "Swamp Fox"

Need a mirror at the airshow? Stop by before it flies each day to check out this museum quality WWII warbird.


The Stearman is a strong and rugged training aircraft. Nearly 9,000 of these aircraft saw active service with various training units throughout North America during WWII.

Heritage Biplane, Ltd, located at Akron-Fulton Airport, owns and operates this aircraft and is dedicated to preserving the memory of the thousands of young aviators who first flew these aircraft in the defense of our nation during the early 1940s. 

Today, you too can don a leather helmet and goggles and take to the air. Schedule your flight at Heritage Biplane.

T-6 Texan II, US Air Force

The T-6 Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary trainer designed to train students in basic flying skills common to U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots. The T-6 has a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turbo-prop engine that delivers 1,100 horsepower. The aircraft is fully aerobatic and features a pressurized cockpit with an anti-G system, ejection seat and an advanced avionics package. Stop by to learn how you can become a pilot.

Air Heritage Museum: C-47

"The Luck of the Irish" flew two resupply missions over the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 in which it dropped supplies from parapacks as well as from inside the fuselage to the surrounded troops below in the city of Bastogne. It also took part in Operation Varsity, the single largest air drop of troops and supplies during a single day, even to date. Over Varsity it towed two Waco CG-4A gliders full of troops.

Overall, it flew in 25 Fully Combat-Operational Resupply Missions in the European theatre. It also flew 13 missions in which it evacuated American, British, French and even German POWs.

Akron Aviation Display

Come learn about the thousands of Goodyear built Corsair's that were built here in WWII. Many of our displays are historic in nature and some, like LTA, explain the cutting edge technology going into the Lighter Than Air (Airships) being bulit here again.

Various displays, pictures, and speakers will be discussing the aviation history of Akron from the early blimps & WWII aircraft to the current aircraft and components being developed throughout the area.

Members from the Wright Stuff Squadron will be wearing Rosie the Riveter and other WWII uniforms. They will also host presentations on the impact women had on aviation.

Beech 18

Manufactured over a 30 year span this workhouse of a plane was popular as a small passenger or cargo aircraft. Be ready to hear the rumble of it's 450 HP engines. Have your cameras ready because you don't want to miss it doing photo fly-by's during the show.  This aircraft is based at the Wadsworth Airport and is proudly owned by Dane and Bryan Jorgensen.

C-53 Beach City Baby

Vintage Wings Inc. will be displaying their flying memorial via a living history experience in their fully restored aircraft. The C-53’s cabin and flight compartments are a time capsule of the past with examples of the different configurations in its history that tell the roles the aircraft played in winning WWII. The aircraft's crew will be in period uniforms to bring the experience to life. 

Note: aircraft will be on display on Sunday only.

Castle Aviation: Piper Aerostar

Check out this unique paint job which is a tribute to all Veterans. Castle is a proud sponsor and supporter of the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). The VAC provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.
A portion of each and every flight goes to help this incredible organization.

Castle Aviation: T-34 Mentor

Prepare to be impressed by this beautifully restored piece of history. The Beechcraft T-34 Mentor is a military trainer aircraft derived from the Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. The earlier versions of the T-34, dating from around the late 1940s to the 1950s, were piston-engined and were eventually succeeded by the upgraded turboprop engine. This fine aircraft is owned and operated by Castle Aviation located at the Akron-Canton Airport.

L-4 (Piper J-3 Cub)

Manufactured by Piper Aircraft Company, as a Liaison / Observation aircraft for WWII combat missions. It was built for and delivered directly to the U.S. Army in 1944.  This aircraft was immediately deployed to Italy and served from 1944 through the end of WWII.  The aircraft was returned to the United States and eventually declared surplus by the military and sold to the civilian market. This aircraft is based at the Wadsworth Airport and is proudly flown by Dane and Bryan Jorgensen.


Founded in 2022, the CAF Buckeye Wing was established to recognize the crucial role that Ohio has played in aviation history.  Their 1943 Fairchild PT-26 was a primary trainer for the Canadian Royal Air Force (CRAF) throughout WWII.  Provided to the CRAF via the Lend Lease agreement, the PT-26 was responsible for training a number of the 8,864 Americans who joined the CRAF prior to the US involvement in WWII. 

T-28 Trojan

The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a radial-engine military trainer used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. It was used by the US into the Vietnam War and by many other countries into the 1980"s. Don't miss this aircraft as it visits us from the Ft Wayne Indiana area.

Please note: All displays and participating aircraft are subject to change due to operational needs, weather, maintenance issues, etc.

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