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Title: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: FlyNavy on April 11, 2022, 12:12:33 PM
I look forward to welcoming everyone to the Museum again this year on Saturday May 21, weather permitting.  There is no rain date.  We have added three aircraft since last year, including an FM-2 Wildcat WWII Fighter plane that saw action in the Pacific Theater, and then spent 45 years at the bottom of Lake Michigan before being located, raised and restored.  I also hope to have our F/A-18 jet cockpit open for everyone to sit in and get some photos. 

We had 35 cars last year and that's about the max to get everyone parked near a plane without cars blocking other cars.  I ask people arrive by 9:30am, I will be there earlier.  The museum opens at 10am and the less car movements, the better.  I ask that folks stay until 2pm, but understand that is not possible with other commitments, but please do not move any cars without myself or museum volunteers controlling the movement. 

The Flight Line Cafe at the airport terminal where we are located, has a great lunch menu with good prices, and there are plenty of tables in the terminal, plus three picnic tables outside and of course by your cars or the shade of our planes. 

If anyone is coming on Friday, I-40 Exit 125 has a cluster of hotels with lots of parking:  Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Courtyard, Crowne Plaza, Fairfield Inn and Suites, and Best Western.  There is a Carrabas in the parking lot, Outback up the access road and many food choices within a 3-4 minute drive.  For those more adventurous, there is a Red Roof Inn across the highway at the same exit! 

From this exit, we are 7 miles away, I-40W, Hwy 321N, left at 4th light onto 9th Ave, follow for 1.5 miles to the airport on the left.  Trailer parking immediately on left in the large parking lot.  Drive down to far end of parking lot, around the terminal and wait at open gate until a Museum volunteer brings you in.  It's very tight entering, so very slow!  GPS address for Museum is 3101 9th Drive NW, Hickory. 

Please RSVP to this thread or drop me an email at info@hickoryaviationmuseum.com for questions and include a photo of what you're bringing as I will advertise the event on the Museum's social media pages and website.  I want to have Carolina's SAAC folks and their friends locked in, so RSVP as early as possible.  I'm getting requests to attend from non Shelby owners and want to fill the field first with our cars. I will be inviting the Carolinas Cobra and Southeast Sunbeam Tiger folks as well for a great variety. 
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: 6T6SHELBY on April 11, 2022, 02:43:43 PM
I would like to RSVP for the event. Had a great time last year.
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: NC TRACKRAT on April 12, 2022, 10:26:15 AM
Good Lord willin', we and 6S1467 will be there!
Regards, Stan & Peg
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Bill on April 12, 2022, 12:07:36 PM
Hoping to have the 70 GT350 convertible there, still at the shop awaiting replacement dash harness items.


Bill
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Darrpo on April 12, 2022, 05:13:57 PM
planning to be there with my Black 67 #3062.
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Shelby73 on April 12, 2022, 09:53:47 PM
I would like to RSVP Andy Killian 3 people 3 cars Thanks
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Farmerjohn on April 16, 2022, 11:36:20 AM
I am planning to attend and bring my 67 gt350 no.159. Looking forward to seeing Shelby's.  John from SC.
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: s_eagle on April 17, 2022, 09:30:43 AM
I should be there, 67GT350.

Rob
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: FlyNavy on April 19, 2022, 10:26:17 AM
If you're attending, don't forget to send me photos of what you're bringing to info@hickoryaviationmuseum.com.  Thanks! 
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Stryker on April 23, 2022, 07:24:15 AM
Iíll be there,had a great time last year 8)
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: FlyNavy on May 01, 2022, 11:29:34 AM
Three weeks to go, still waiting on rsvp's and photos to info@hickoryaviationmuseum.com so I can use to publicize.  Have one Sunbeam Tiger owner who has rsvp'd and it looks like the Carolina Cobra Club is coming in good numbers.  Hopefully we'll have good weather. 
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Darrpo on May 02, 2022, 08:09:20 AM
I advised you I would be coming but I will be unable to attend.
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: FlyNavy on May 15, 2022, 11:22:16 AM
One week to go, and the preliminary forecast is hot, hot hot!  Calling for low to mid 90s and sunny, so plan accordingly with sunscreen, water, etc.  Any questions, just ask. 
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: BGlover67 on May 16, 2022, 09:12:59 PM
One week to go, and the preliminary forecast is hot, hot hot!  Calling for low to mid 90s and sunny, so plan accordingly with sunscreen, water, etc.  Any questions, just ask.

So far, I've had quite a few folks RSVP that they will be coming, and they are bringing some awesome Shelby masterpieces.  I can't wait to see all of you again., I'm really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: BGlover67 on May 22, 2022, 10:26:45 AM
What an amazing show!  Many thanks to Bill Baker and the rest of the staff at the Museum for so cordially hosting our event.  We had a few less cars this year due to members having other commitments, health issues and other unforeseeable events in their lives, but I can assure that a good time was had by all.  The spectators who did show up to see the marvelous planes and cars were treated to quite a spectacle. 

I will be uploading my pics (40+), but here are a couple teasers.  Was there ever a better backdrop to display Shelbys and Mustangs than this?


Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Bill on May 22, 2022, 11:59:24 AM


   Thanks again for putting this together, had a great time putting faces to names, and seeing some cars I had not since the early 80's. 


Bill
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: FlyNavy on May 22, 2022, 02:19:44 PM
i put a bunch of photos including the drone shots on the museum Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/HickoryAviationMuseum , .  We counted over 500 visitors on the aircraft ramp, so it was a busy day!
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: BGlover67 on May 22, 2022, 06:16:02 PM
Here is a link to my Image Shack page:


https://imageshack.com/a/qKBW7/1
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Shelby73 on May 22, 2022, 07:07:02 PM
Thanks for your hard work and organizing. We had a great time and met some very nice people.
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: JD on May 22, 2022, 11:08:40 PM
Looks like it was a good event and some very nice cars - thanks for posting.
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: GT460 on May 31, 2022, 06:51:46 PM
Brian,
Thanks so much for the pictures! Couldn't make it this year, was out in CO visiting family.
That 65 GT350; what an EXCELLENT VIN, 5S427 !!! 
Jim
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: BGlover67 on June 06, 2022, 09:55:41 PM
Bill Baker really is the man who made this happen.  That and many thanks to him and everyone else who so thanklessly served in our military.  Your service is greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: FlyNavy on June 24, 2022, 09:18:49 AM
We officially announced that we'll be building a new aviation museum.  It will be located across the field from where we are now, hopefully we'll be breaking ground early next year and this will allow us to move most if not all of our aircraft inside, protected from birds and weather.  Eventual plans will call for a restaurant/brewpub type establishment along with an outdoor observation area as this complex will face the runway and westward for a beautiful view of the mountains. 

https://hickoryrecord.com/news/local/hickory-council-approves-design-contract-for-new-hickory-aviation-museum-cvcc-workforce-site/article_0a7321de-f242-11ec-bb3f-1752ac1b9e49.html?fbclid=IwAR0ETjM9mOhaCe56PzBpRHr7_zxCAUU7m1XZbf8thmHcTRh0Gz8AnYLWHkI
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: Bill on June 24, 2022, 12:12:52 PM
Fantastic new, canít wait to check it out.

Bill
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: NC TRACKRAT on June 24, 2022, 12:49:19 PM
Awesome news!  Congratulations!  Hope it moves forward quickly.
Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: BGlover67 on June 24, 2022, 01:16:53 PM
That is amazing news Bill.  If you guys are accepting donations, post a link.


Title: Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
Post by: FlyNavy on June 27, 2022, 02:19:49 PM
That is amazing news Bill.  If you guys are accepting donations, post a link.

Until we get a dedicated way via the webpage, we're happy to accept checks made out to "Hickory Aviation Museum" and mailed to:

Hickory Aviation Museum
3101 9th Avenue Drive NW Box 22A
ATTN:  Buford Barnett/Museum Construction Fund
Hickory, NC  28601

We are a 501C museum and all donations are tax deductible, just ask for a receipt to be mailed back. 

Thank you!