In this fast-paced age of smartphones and technology, it's refreshing to travel back in time to a bygone era. When you visit the North Cascade Vintage Aircraft Museum, you'll see beautifully restored planes from the 1930s to the 1950's. Founder Harold Hanson had a lifelong love affair with airplanes and was determined to preserve Golden Age Aircraft for future generations to enjoy. He started out as a shoe-shine boy and, through his tireless dedication, became a successful entrepreneur. Hanson realized his dream of creating a utopia that aviation enthusiasts of all ages could appreciate, when he opened the North Cascade Vintage Aircraft Museum in Concrete, Washington.
Named after the plant which produced concrete used to build dams, this small town is an idyllic setting for the museum, which is surrounded by the Cascade mountains and boasts a grass airstrip. In 2004, Hanson joined forces with Jim Jenkins, Director of Restoration, whose love of these aircraft has had a lasting impact on the museum's collection of iconic machines.
A highlight of the collection is a 1937 Monocoupe Clipwing 110 Special. Only seven were built, and this rare bird was owned by Fred Ludke, who lives on Whidbey Island. He performed routines in airshows in the Pacific Northwest before selling it. Incredibly, years later the plane was found in Pennsylvania and brought to the museum. The Ludke family was thrilled to see Fred's plane refurbished to its original glory.
The North Cascade Vintage Aircraft Museum is a living museum because its exhibits still fly! Come visit and marvel at six hangars of vintage aircrafts, take a tour with restoration experts or wander at your own pace. Become a member and enjoy special benefits like event invitations. Supporting the North Cascade Vintage Aircraft Museum ensures Harold Hanson's dream of preserving beautiful, living pieces of history will live on!
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