Pilot Journal
Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Cavanaugh’s Flight Through Time

What started as a private hobby has grown into a serious collection

Cavanaugh’s Flight Through TimeJim Cavanaugh has a habit of starting small and building big. An integral part of his formula is his desire to share his passions with others so that, in the end, everyone wins." />

Jim’s passion for warbirds and the heroes who flew them extends to the general public. Due to insurance and liability restrictions, few museums will allow the public to fly in their airplanes. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum puts a priority on sharing the experience—they routinely schedule rides in the T-6 Texan and the PT-17 Stearman. Anytime the weather is good, you’ll find the trainers out flying, spreading the dream. Kevin, the chief pilot, says, “Nobody gets the same flight. I enjoy introducing folks to flying so much—it’s a treat for me every day.

“We also rent space for parties and other events. It’s partly a source of revenue for the museum. As you can imagine, maintaining airplanes can be quite expensive. We do about 15 events a year—folks just like to dine and entertain amongst the airplanes. It’s a unique environment.” Cavanaugh has hosted events like the reunion of the 4th Fighter Group, where Commander Don Blakeslee was reunited with “his” airplane, the P-51D.

Since it opened its doors 13 years ago, the museum has expanded its facilities, but it remains in the same place. As there’s not much room to grow, Jim and his associates have been researching whether to construct new facilities to streamline the museum and align it with other in-town events. For now, however, Jim maintains his focus on delivering a quality experience to each and every museum visitor.

If you want to be a part of history, visit the Cavanaugh Flight Museum at Addison Airport just north of Dallas, Texas. But be prepared to get up close and personal. For more information, log on to www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com or call (972) 380-8800.


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