Aircraft on Display
1910 Wright Model B Reproduction
In early 1911, the Army Aviation School purchased 2 Wright B aeroplanes for the College Park Airfield and designated them Signal Corps #3 and #4.
1911 Curtiss Model D Reproduction
In the early days of flight, Glenn Curtiss was the primary American competitor to the Wrights. A major difference between the Wright and Curtiss products was pilots controlled the planes.
1912 Blèriot XI Reproduction
Louis Blèriot designed and built the original Blèriot Type XI, which was the first heavier-than-air craft to be flown across the English Channel. Blèriot flew the 25 miles from Calais, France to Dover, England on July 25, 1909 and won The Daily Mail prize of £1,000.
1916 Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" Military Tractor
During World War I, over 90 percent of American pilots learned to fly in the Curtiss JN. Better known as the Jenny, the Curtiss JN series is actually a hybrid design.
1924 Berliner Helicopter No. 5
The Berliner Helicopter is a unique aircraft representing the spirit of experimentation that pervades the history of College Park Airport.
1932 Monocoupe 110
The Monocoupe was the brainchild of Donald Luscombe, who flew a Curtiss Jenny to further his advertising career in the 1920s. He became frustrated by the exposure of flying the open-cockpit airplane, which required flying gear like goggles, helmet, and heavy clothing. Luscombe set out to design an airplane with an enclosed cabin.
1936 Taylor J-2 "Cub"
The "Cub" was a common sight at general aviation airports throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
1939 Taylorcraft BL-65
The BL-65 was part of C.G. Taylor’s goal to outperform the Cub. It was called the BL-65 because it was the second model the company produced (the first was the A) and it had a Lycoming 65hp engine.
1941 Boeing A75N1/PT-17 "Stearman"
First flown in 1934, the Stearman name changed depending on the nation and military branch flying it. Most common was the PT-17, built for the US Army Air Corps and outfitted with a 220 hp Continental R-670-5 engine.
1946 Ercoupe 415D
The Ercoupe was manufactured by the Engineering and Research Corporation (ERCO) in nearby Riverdale, Maryland to be spin-proof, stall-proof, and slip-proof. It was marketed as simple, safe, and a plane that "anyone could fly."