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About the Aeronca Museum

The Aeronca Museum is a publicly supported history museum whose primary goal is to preserve the Aeronca   heritage, legacy and technical documentation for the benefit of present and future generations.
 
Like other historical museums, we collect, preserve, restore, document and exhibit historical artifacts. 
What is unique about the Aeronca Museum is that we are an online museum.  We are able to exhibit most of our artifacts on the internet, thus allowing virtually unlimited access to everyone around the world.
 
Why an online museum?  Because the cost of a public display facility is beyond the budget of our small museum.  And because our members and those interested in Aeronca history are not reasonable close to our facilities in Michigan.  Someday, if a large grant or donation is made available to us, then we’ll consider constructing a museum hangar for the public to view our collection of artifacts and aircraft.  In the meantime, our small budget museum is very effective in serving our member’s needs over the internet. 
 
Currently, we store our artifacts in the museum offices and our aircraft collection in hangars at Brighton airport, in Michigan.  If for any reason a member needs to examine our artifacts in person, then we are available by appointment.
 
The primary feature of museum is the online archives, where thousands of Aeronca-related documents are available to members and the public.   These documents include, but are not limited to: Factory drawings, service letters, pre-war memos, TCDS data sheets, 337 archive, images, factory reports, manuals, supplier service letters, sales literature, historical news stories, published advertisements, etc.  You can access the online archives from the vertical panel along the left side of most website pages.  You can learn more by clicking About the Museum Archives at the left of the website.
 
The Aeronca Museum has a small restoration facility on Brighton Airport.   Here, we are actively restoring our Aeronca projects and running our youth programs.  To help reduce costs, we share our restoration facilities with the Warbirds of Glory Museum.
 
We are a 501c3 public charity and 100% of our support comes from public donations, membership, and sponsorship.
 
Annual membership is $35 (with discounts for multiyear membership).  Lifetime membership is $500.   Members receive our published Museum Wing Tips newsletter, free access to our online archives, discounts from our Museum Store, and the pride of supporting our passion to preserve Aeronca history.
 
You can read more about the museum at our Frequently Asked Questions link at the top of every page.