The Hickory Aviation Museum at Hickory Regional Airport in Hickory, North Carolina had a busy 2021, with the arrival of several new airframes, including OV-1D Mohawk 62-5874, FM-2 Wildcat BuNo.16278 and A-6E Intruder BuNo.155629. In 2022 their growing aviation collection of nearly two dozen aircraft received a further two historic airframes, these being McDonnell F-101B-50-MC Voodoo 56-0243 and Lockheed P-80A-1-LO 44-85235 (later TV-1 BuNo. 29689) Shooting Star.
On October 23rd, the museum announced the addition of another rare airframe, this being a Gyrodyne YRON-1 Rotorcycle (s/n 4013) on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. The aircraft is complete with original rotor blades and is in pristine condition.
For more information about this rare aircraft, please seek out the Gyrodyne Helicopter Historical Foundation (GHHF), a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to the advancement of the education and preservation of the history of the Ships, the Men and the Company which built, operated, and flew the U.S. Navy’s QH-50 Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter (DASH) System and to the preservation of the history of the U.S. Army’s past use of DASH. Their website is located at www.gyrodynehelicopters.com
The Hickory Aviation Museum is located at the Hickory Regional Airport (HKY) in Hickory, North Carolina, and is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization. The interior of Hickory Aviation Museum has artifacts and memorabilia ranging from WWII to the present day. Including an exhibit about famed North Carolinians Bill and George Preddy, provided by the Preddy Foundation. Models are on display that depict how aircraft designs changed over time from the Wright Flyer of 1903 to the present-day F/A-18 Hornet. The Naval Aviation Annex is located in the old baggage claim area. Various artifacts are on display including an F-14 Camera Pod, and two 20mm Vulcan cannons, one carried in an F-14, the other in a F/A-18 Hornet. USN and USMC uniforms are on display along with models of a WWII-era aircraft carrier and a modern Nimitz Class Carrier. For more information, please visit www.hickoryaviationmuseum.org