Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Museum

Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Museum

Description

The The Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Museum is located along Route 611, adjacent to the NAS-JRB Willow Grove and three miles north of Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 343. The Museum was started from scratch in the summer of 2000 specifically to house their ME-262.

The address is - 1155 Easton Road, Horsham, PA

Tags: aviation, Delaware Valley Historcial Aaircraft Association
Detailed Information
Detailed Description
The Delaware Valley Historcial Aaircraft Association is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and display of the aviation history of the Delaware Valley. They operate the Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Museum, with 18 rare and restored aircraft, and the Harris "Sandy" Greenberg Aviation Library--a top notch research facility, with over five thousand books, technical documents, magazines, still and motion pictures, and other media. At our own aircraft restoration facility, members work year-round restoring aircraft, including numerous vintage jets and helicopters.
Location
Horsham, PA
Today in Aviation History
February 26, 1952: North American test pilot George Smith becomes the first person to survive a supersonic ejection. During a test flight the controls of a production F-100A Super Sabre lock and the plane enters a near vertical dive. At an altitude of 6000 ft at Mach 1.05 (675 mph), Smith ejects. He experiences a peak 64 g from wind-drag deceleration and spends .29 sec above 20 g. Smith immediate lost consciousness and his chute deploys but with 1/3 of its panels ripped. Gravely injured he lands in the Pacific where a fishing boat finds him. Smith recovers after a long convalescence and returns to testing high performance a/c.