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Aviation Museum tucked away in the Florida Keys — EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum

26 May 2015

Aviation museum tucked away in the Florida Keys — EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum

24° 43′ 42″ N / 81° 02′ 30″ W

The Ozark Airlines airliner at the EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum front — photo by Joseph May

The Ozark Air Lines airliner at the EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum front — photo by Joseph May

EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum's main entry — photo by Joseph May

EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum’s main entry — photo by Joseph May

The EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum is perhaps among the smallest of museums but, as they say, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight it’s the size of the fight in the dog. This museum, at the airport in Marathon FL, cannot be missed and should not be missed. Located in a working hangar the atmosphere is relaxed and rich with spirit.

EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum front — photo by Joseph May

EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum front — photo by Joseph May

EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum back — photo by Joseph May

EAA Chapter 1241 Air Museum back — photo by Joseph May

The staff are experienced and the museum has artifacts, books as well as models — but it is the three aircraft displayed that are to be enjoyed. Two of the aircraft are particularly pleasing to visit since visitors can:

  • Lean through the cargo door opening into the Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor and easily see the cockpit from there, as well as experience the capacity of the military version of the Twin Beech.
  • Walk through the passenger cabin of perfectly-kept-in-shape Ozark Air Lines DC-3 (technically a C-53). Visitors can easily peer into the vintage cockpit, see the steep floor angle from the main deck to the auxiliary door/hatch immediately aft of the cockpit as well as see where Grace Kelly (later to become Princess Grace of Monaco) once rode.
Ozark Airlines DC-3/C-53 — photo by Joseph May

Ozark Air Lines DC-3/C-53 — photo by Joseph May

Ozark Airlines visitor access — photo by Joseph May

Ozark Air Lines visitor access — photo by Joseph May

Grace Kelly's (later Princess Grace of Monaco) seat — photo by Joseph May

Grace Kelly’s (later Princess Grace of Monaco) seat on the Ozark Air Lines aircraft — photo by Joseph May

The museum enjoys inspiring young minds and hearts in the community by its everyday service as well as airshows and events. The entry is free, no restrooms on site but they are next door at the friendly FBO, food and refreshments can easily be found in Marathon. Their hours of operation are Tuesday–Saturday from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

Cessna 172 "FAC" — photo by Joseph May

Cessna 172 “FAC” — photo by Joseph May

CEssnas 172 "FAC" — photo by Joseph May

Cessna 172 “FAC” — photo by Joseph May

 

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor — photo by Joseph May

Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor — photo by Joseph May

Stay tuned for posts on the museum’s C-45 as well as the Ozark Air Lines airliner 🙂

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 May 2015 03:05

    The Expeditor is nothing short of lovely, as are all the planes picture but that one really grabs me.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      27 May 2015 08:27

      I’m glad you like the aircraft. In about two weeks I’ll publish a few more photos of this one.

  2. Bruce Kay permalink
    27 May 2015 20:45

    I love Beechcraft. Maybe from my Sky King days. I like Ducs too. Bruce Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 05:02:44 +0000 To: brkayfl@hotmail.com

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      28 May 2015 07:25

      Yeah, the Twin Beech is hard to not love. The rights size, shape and power. Next Friday we’ll see more photos of this one 🙂

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