Piper Aviation Museum
The Piper Aviation Museum Foundation was formed to preserve the history and legacy of the Piper Aircraft Corporation and its founding family. The museum displays aircraft fuselages, provides a narrative history of the corporation, and offers an archive for students and scholarly researchers.
Backstory and Context
A research-based part of the museum houses an archive, primarily focused on collecting materials of the Piper Aircraft Corporation from 1935 to 1984. Books, photographs, slides, manuscripts, technical manuals, and subject vertical files are the major categories of the data. All materials are curated by an aviation historian, and a team of volunteers take requests for information or research assistance. A project to digitize the archive's photographic slide collection was completed in August 2010; copies of these are available for a donation.
In June of every year since 1984, when the museum opened, the Lock Haven Airport (which houses the Piper Museum) holds the Sentimental Journey Fly-In. Over the course of one weekend, close to one hundred Piper aircraft, but especially the beloved Cub, fly to the airport--some even coming from across the country. These owners and pilots share stories, watch flying demonstrations, visit the museum, and sleep under the wings of their aircraft, parked on the grass of this tiny airport, "where it all began."