A Hidden Gem – The Culpeper Airport. Located Right behind our Shop

When we first moved into our new shop in Culpeper I kept hearing about the airport behind our shop.  There was so much vegetation (and snakes) behind the shop it was difficult to see.  I have to be honest I didn’t think much about it.

While I have had the pleasure of getting to know people in Culpeper the kind people at Culpeper Airport reached out to us and offered 20 free airplane rides at our Lemonade Social.  What a wonderful offer!  You can sign up for a ride by clicking here.

I went over to the airport this week and had the opportunity to take a tour.  I am still amazed and delighted at the neat treasures the airport has to show off.  They have a whole Commemorative Air Force (CAF) hanger dedicated to storing incredible older and historic planes – not to mention a British armored fighting vehicle – a Ferret Scout Car.  Most of the planes in the CAF hanger still fly!  Check out this plane:

Blue and Yellow Vultee BT

This is a Vultee BT-13 Valiant – it is a WWII basic trainer.  There were only 9,256 built and only about 40 still flying.  The plane was purchased by Squadron and restored to present condition by member labor and donations.  There is an outstanding loan balance of $15,500 for the engine overhaul, and an estimate of an additional $20,000 to complete restoration.  You can help complete the work!  We will be putting plant stands up as a silent auction at our Lemonade Social in July to help raise money for this beautiful aircraft.

If you come on over to the airport they just might let you sit in it.  I was allowed to:

Very cool!

Here are pictures of a few other treasures you can see in the hanger as well:

 

WWII USMC Torpedo Bomber – NCS General Motors TBM avenger restoration

WWII USMC Torpedo Bomber – NCS General Motors TBM avenger restoration

There were 9,836 of these planes built and only about 40 still flying.

 

This plane is very interesting – it is very lightweight.  Her name is Gayle Ann and is painted in the markings of an L-5 that served in the 25th Liaison Squadron in the South Pacific.  Known as the Guinea Short Lines, this unit was one of the most highly decorated of any in the 13th Air Force.  The crews of Gayle Ann were credited with many successful forward air control missions and even with sinking a Japanese boat using hand grenades and submachine gun fire!

Their L-5 was to tow gliders after the war and was eventually crashed upside down in a tree.  The National Capital Squadron acquired it and their members spent several years restoring it to near-perfect condition.

As much as I like planes one of my favorite things to see and sit in was the Ferret Scout Car:

 Ferret Scout Car

The nice gentleman to the right owns this great piece of history.  I even got to sit in it:

 

The Ferret is a British armored fighting vehicle (AFV) designed and built for the reconnaissance purposes.  4,409 Ferrets were produced between 1952 and 1971 by the UK Daimler Company.  It was widely adopted by regiments in the British Army as well as the Commonwealth Counties and the last few vehicles saw action in Desert Storm in 1990.

The amazingly sturdy Ferrer is powered by a Specialist Series 6-cylinder Rolls Royce 290 cubic inch 130 HP commercial grade B-60 gasoline engine.  It features a Dry Stump Oil supply allowing it to function at extreme angles.  The engine is sealed and water tight so Ferrets can ford water up to 3 feet with no extra preparation and 5 ft with some additional sealing…

There is a small sign on the Ferret that explains more about it.
If you are coming to our 6th Annual Lemonade Social I recommend you drive the mile over to our neighbors at the Culpeper Airport and check out the treasures they have in store.  The airport has also been kind enough to offer 20 free flights for our customers. Please see our lemonade site by clicking here for more information.

You can visit the airport’s website by clicking here.

All the best,

Julianne Yurek

Director of Marketing

Julianne@hardwoodartisans.com

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