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Luscombe T8F Observer

After WWII, Luscombe responded to a 1947 Air Force requirement for a new liaison aircraft to replace the L-4H Grasshopper. Designated XT8E, the aircraft did well in Air Force trials, but lost out to the Aeronca L-16 on the basis of price. Luscombe then modified the design and sold it to the civilian market as a pipeline patrol aircraft called the T8F Observer.  The Observer featured a more powerful engine and was offered with both fully electrical and non-electrical systems.

This aircraft is on loan from Bruce Eames.


The Morane-Saulnier MS-500 Criquet is a French-built version of the Fieseler Fi-56 Storch first produced in Germany in 1935. During the German occupation of France during WWII, Fieseler Storch were built at the Morane-Saulnier factory in Puteaux (just west of Paris) for the Luftwaffe. After the country was liberated in August 1944, Morane-Saulnier continued to build these aircraft for the French military under the name MS-500 Criquet. More than 900 Criquet planes were built before production ended in 1965. On loan from Steve Hoffman, this aircraft is the fourth MS-500 built by the Morane-Saulnier company. On display through Sun., Jan. 30.


First flown in 1935, the Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and built primarily for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). Along with the Supermarine Spitfire, the Hurricane played a critical role during the Battle of Britain (1940-41) and in the defense of Malta (1941-42). The Hurricane inflicted 60 percent of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe during World War II, and the aircraft fought in all the major theaters.

This aircraft is on loan from the Dakota Territory Air Museum.


The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II. Many variants of the Spitfire were built using several wing configurations. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts; around 70 remain airworthy, and many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world.

This aircraft is on loan from the Dakota Territory Air Museum.

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