The collection at the Oakland Aviation Museum is quite varied and extensive for its size. Of the many artifacts housed in the museum, the aircraft are always of particular interest to our visitors.
Aeronca 7AC Champion - NC2768E
OAM looks forward to your visit so you can have the opportunity to see these amazing aircraft and the entire collection up close.
Aircraft or Airplane?
We all tend to use the term airplane or aircraft synonymously. However, there is a distinction.
The dictionary defines aircraft as any craft that flies through the air, whether it be an airplane, helicopter, missile, glider, balloon, blimp, or any other vehicle that uses the air to generate lift for flight. Airplane, on the other hand, is more specific and refers only to a powered vehicle that relies on fixed wings to generate lift. A commercial airline jet is both and aircraft and airplane. However, a military attack helicopter is an aircraft, but not an airplane.
Current Display Aircraft
Boeing 1/50th Scale Model Hybrid Dirigible
- The Aeronca Model 7 Champion, more commonly known as the Champ, is a single-engine, two-seat, fixed conventional gear aircraft. Designed for flight training and personal use, it entered production in the United States in 1945. This example is a 1946 Model 7AC. This aircraft was owned from October 1950 to October 1952 by Transocean Airlines and used for pilot training at their Taloa Academy of Aeronautics.
Cessna O-2A - N474DF
- This prototype vehicle is a dynamically-scaled model of a heavy-lift, long-range air transport concept. It adds airplane features to a dirigible in order to increase speed. This scale model was built by William Watson of Simi Valley, California, for The Boeing Company. The model is 20 feet long, 14 feet in wingspan and weighs 21 pounds, and is ready to fly. It was first test-flown in July 2000.
- This Vietnam war veteran was a Forward Air Controller (FAC) aircraft that would guide ground attack aircraft, such as F-100 Super Sabers and A-1 Skyraiders, to targets hidden in the jungles. This veteran's last job was with the California Department of Forestry, again as a Forward Air Controller: this time guiding fire fighting slurry tanker aircraft to their targets.
Douglas DC-6B (nose) - N444SQ/44
- The nose section includes the DC-6's radome, complete cockpit, radio rack area and front door area, along with the nose landing gear and gear well. Aircraft was originally NW Airlines N579 and Macavia International converted the aircraft into a fire bomber N444SQ/44.
Douglas KA-3B Skywarrior - 14766
- The A-3 is the largest and heaviest carrier based operational aircraft. The Skywarrior was the Navy's first strategic all jet nuclear bomber, and was in service for over 35 years. They did everything from heavy attack, electronic warfare, aerial tanking, photo reconnaissance, to VIP transport and test and evaluation for the Navy and private industry.
Douglas NTA-4J Skyhawk - 154332/040
- The TA-4 was a training version of the popular A-4 Skyhawk used widely by the US Navy, Marine Corps and other foreign operators. It was the primary trainer used to qualify Navy pilots for carrier operations and was the last operational version of the Skyhawk with the retirement of the type in 2005. Astronaut Susan Kilrain, pilot of two space shuttle missions and former US Navy jet pilot, was a flight instructor in 1987 in a TA-4J Skyhawk similar to this one.
Ercoupe 415 C - N2172H
- ERCO (Engineering and Research Corp.) was the first company to produce the ERCoupe in 1941. This was the first production tricycle aircraft and was designed by Fred Weick. Of interest is the fact that the ERCoupe was the first aircraft to be used as a test aircraft for jet propulsion. The very first JATO or RATO, “Jet/Rocket Assisted Take Off“ was tested on an ERCoupe at March Field, CA in 1941, leading to the foundation of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Glasair SH-II FT - N4473W
Glasair SH-II RG - N94XR
- The Glasair II is a two-place (side by side), low-wing general aviation airplane. Introduced in 1979, the Glasair was the first pre-molded composite kit aircraft ever offered. The Glasair was available in retractable gear (Glasair RG), tricycle gear (Glasair FT) and tail dragger (Glasair TD) configuration.
Grumman KA-6D Intruder - 152910/NL-520
- The A-6 was developed to meet the US Navy’s need for an aircraft that could attack ground and sea based targets in any weather, day and night. The museum is proud to display 910 in her original colors VA-95 when she served in Vietnam in 1973 under the command of Lt. Cohen.
Grumman NF-14A Tomcat - 160666
- The Tomcat is a supersonic, twin engine, variable sweep wing, fighter aircraft. With its Phoenix, Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles and 20MM Vulcan Gattling gun, the F-14 Tomcat was without equal during its service and remains one of the most potent military aircraft of all time.
Hiller Ten99 (1099) Helicopter - N3776G
- This one-of-a-kind helicopter was generously loaned to OAM by the Hiller Aviation Museum of San Carlos, CA. The Ten99 was built in 1961 as an experimental helicopter by Hiller Aircraft.
- The helicopter seats six and is similar in design to other helicopters by Hiller of that era. It features a larger box-shaped cabin that could carry some 1000 pounds, with four doors and a set of clamshell doors in the rear. The aircraft was one of the first to have a turboprop power plant, the Pratt & Whitney PT6.
- The Hiller Ten99 was developed for the USMC Assault Support Helicopter Program but was never put into production. A civilian model was proposed, never produced and the project was eventually abandoned.
JDT Mini Max 1600R - N464BB
- The JDT Mini Max ultra light is a minimum-cost aircraft that comes in kit form and requires a minimum of building space to complete. It took 1200 hours over 7 years to build this kit.
Jurca MJ.77 Mustang - N751JR
- This replica P-51B is a 3/4 scale representation of the famed "Red Tail" Mustang. Flown by the illustrious "Tuskegee Airmen" as bomber escorts over Europe in WWII, this supreme fighter aircraft and the immeasurable bravery and skill of its pilots played a pivotal role in winning the war for the Allies.
Kittfox IV 1200 - N10DEF
- Built by Mrs Gabrielle Adelman in 1998, this stunning experimental aircraft is an excellent example of its kind. Kitfox is the most successful aircraft on the market today. They retain their value due to their incredible fuel economy.
LTV Corsair II - 159301
Vought A-7E Corsair II - 70-945/MB
- The A-7 Corsair II was a carrier-based subsonic light attack aircraft design that was introduced to replace the A-4 Skyhawk in US Naval service and based on the successful supersonic F-8 Crusader produced by Chance Vought.
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15bis - NX90589
- The MiG –15 hit the world like a storm when China entered the Korean War in November of 1950 where it turned out to be a very effective fighter against the formidable F-86 Sabre. Chinese versions were designated J-2 with the “J” standing for the word “fighter” (JIAN).
Monocoupe 110 - NC18629
- In the mid-1920s a young advertising man named Don Luscombe flew his open cockpit JN-4D "Jenny" out of a small airstrip in Davenport, Iowa. He thought, “How nice it would be if I could fly in a small enclosed-cabin airplane and arrive at my destination dressed in a business suit." ...And the Monocoupe was born.
North American Aviation T-39 Saberliner - 03504
- The North American Sabreliner is the first mid-sized business jet ever developed and was offered to the United States Air Force in response to their Utility Trainer Experimental (UTX) program. Due to similarity of the wing and tail to North American’s F-86 Sabre, it was dubbed “Sabreliner.”
Republic RF-84F Thunderflash - 53-7524
- The RF-84F Thunderflash was the photographic reconnaissance version of the F-84F Thunderstreak. It had many components in common with the F-84F, but differed in having the jet engine fed by a pair of wing root air intakes, the nose being taken up by a bank of cameras.
Rutan 33 VariEze - N45LE
Rutan 33 VariEze - N77NS
- This airplane has the main wings, or LIFT at the rear of the plane. That is because the engine is at the rear and that is where most of the weight is. The small wings in the front keep the nose in the air and help CONTROL the planes flight. The THRUST is made by the propeller in the rear by pushing the airplane forward.
Short Solent Mk. III Flying Boat - G-AKNP
- This flying boat, originally built for the RAF, was converted in 1948. Its fairly short commercial career took it to exotic locations around the world, from landings on the Nile at Luxor, Egypt to Tasmania and the South Pacific. This is one of only three of its type remaining in the world today.
TAV-8A Harrier - 701
- This is a VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft. It was developed by the British company Hawker Siddeley as a single seat attack and reconnaissance aircraft. A number have been built under license by McDonald Douglas in the U.S. Flights can be made from a wide variety of takeoff points. Smooth landing strips are not necessary.
- This one-of-a-kind plane was generously donated by the Hiller Aviation Museum of San Carlos, CA. The T-3B was designed by John Thorp, an instructor at the Boeing School of Aeronautics at Oakland Airport. Rudy Paulic, the plane’s owner and also a member of the Boeing School, along with his brother Louis built the plane in 1933-1939. The build originated in Alameda, CA and was ultimately finished in Southern California.
- The T-3 is a side by side two-seater school closed cab of all-metal construction. The monoplane has a cantilevered low wing and a tail-dragger landing configuration. The original 1939 prototype was NX21726 and was later modified in 1959 by Paulic with a larger engine and re-numbered NX6497C, as it is shown today.
- John Thorp was a prolific designer. Following the T-3, he designed a modified version as the T-5 (which was built at Oakland Airport by students at the Boeing School of Aeronautics) and a further-modified design with a tricycle landing gear known as the T-6. Mr. Thorp also designed the Piper Cherokee, Fletcher FU-24, Lockheed Little Dipper, Thorp T-18 and Thorp T-221.
Wright EX Vin Fiz (replica)
- This replica of the Wright Bros. Model EX was built in 1972. The real Model B “Vin Fiz” flown by Calbraith Perry Rodgers, completed the first transcontinental flight in 1911. The name “Vin Fiz” came from a soft drink being marketed at the time by Rodgers’ sponsor, the Armour Company of Chicago.