Wings Over Main Street

Don Buck of the WNC Air Museum.

Don Buck of the WNC Air Museum.

Main Street can get super-crowded during Hendersonville’s annual NC Apple Festival. Rise above it when the WNC Air Museum hosts an open house Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (September 5-7) during the event.

Three months ago, Bold Life peeked inside the facility at 1340 E. Gilbert St. and talked to club treasurer Don Buck, an air buff since childhood, and museum president Joseph Lilley, a licensed pilot. A replica of one of the Wright Brothers’ planes and real vintage aircraft from World War I and II are on display at the downtown attraction.

“Visitors are often surprised to find that we do aircraft restorations right out in the open, on the museum floor. The work can even be seen as it is happening, and is part of the educational process for our visitors,” noted Lilley in the story.

Kids are allowed to sit in some of these models, and for the truly adventurous, pilots will be offering small-aircraft rides over downtown during the Apple Fest.

10am-5pm all three days. Call 828-698-2482 for more information.

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