About Beechcraft Heritage Museum

Tuesday - Saturday

8:30am - 4:30pm

Beech Party 2017 : Oct. 12 - 16

ADULTS : $10.00

AGES 12-17 & 65 - Over : $5.00

AGES 11 & Under : FREE

931.455.1974

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Our Location

570 Old Shelbyville Hwy

Tullahoma, TN 37388

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The Beechcraft Heritage Museum is a distinctly original one-of-a-kind, “living and working” aviation museum that traces the lineage of the Beechcraft family of airplanes.

The Museum began life as the Staggerwing Museum Foundation, incorporated in October of 1973, under the auspices of the Staggerwing Club. In April 2007, the Museum became the Beechcraft Heritage Museum. This change reflects our commitment to promoting aviation education and preserving the heritage nurtured by generations of enthusiasts of all Beechcraft models from 1932 through the present.

The Museum is situated in a picturesque campus-style setting adjacent to the Tullahoma, Tennessee Regional Airport (THA). An attractive blend of authentically restored early American log structures and modern museum-quality construction, this 60,000 square foot facility currently houses thirty-six aircraft, in addition to many aviation artifacts, original pieces of art, and aviation memorabilia for the enjoyment of our Members and visitors.

Museum History

The Museum’s history begins early in the archives of aviation in this country. Walter H. Beech was born in 1891 and raised in nearby Pulaski, Tennessee. In 1924, prior to founding the Beech Aircraft Company, he, along with Clyde Cessna, and Lloyd Stearman, became principals in the newly formed Travel Air Manufacturing Company, located in Wichita, Kansas. Each of these legendary aviation pioneers soon founded successful aircraft companies bearing their respective names.

 

In August of 1929, Travel Air became a major subsidiary of the giant Curtiss-Wright Corporation, and by early 1932, as President of the Curtiss Wright Airplane Company, Walter Beech believed that the market was in need of a “high-speed, four-place cabin biplane.” When he attempted to interest Curtiss-Wright senior management in producing this new aircraft by presenting the concept drawings of engineer Ted Wells, they refused, citing the harsh economic climate as the reason. Consequently, Walter resigned from Curtiss-Wright to found the Beech Aircraft Company on April 19, 1932. His partners were his wife, Olive Ann Beech, Ted Wells, K.K. Shaul, and investor C. G. Yankey.

 

The first Beechcraft, a Model 17R, registered NC499N, was test flown by Wilbur “Pete” Hill on November 5, 1932, less than seven months after the company was founded. The aircraft served as the Beech Aircraft demonstrator until May 24, 1934, when it was purchased by the Ethyl Corporation. This masterpiece is beautifully displayed in the museum’s Walter Beech Hangar.

The initial inspiration for the 1973 founding of the Museum by the Staggerwing Club came from pioneer aviatrix Louise Thaden. Flying a stock 1936 C17R “Staggerwing,” she and co-pilot Blance Noyes won first place in the 1936 Bendix Trophy Race, besting racing professionals and military aircraft in a one-day flight from New York to Los Angeles. Early in the 1970’s Louise was a guest speaker at the Club’s annual fly-in and offered to donate all of her racing and aviatrix paraphernalia if the Staggerwing enthusiast’s would start a museum. The original museum structure was a log cabin erected in 1974 and was named the Staggerwing Museum Foundation. In 1995, the museum expanded its Beechcraft family to welcome the Twin Beech 18. Following on the heels of the Model 17 Staggerwing, the Model 18 “Twin Beech” was introduced by Beech Aircraft. In 1937. This airplane is arguable the most versatile general aviation aircraft ever developed, enjoying a civilian/military production run of nearly 8,000 aircraft in over thirty-three years.

Board of Trustees and Officers

Bob Parmerter - Historian and Twin Beech 18 Society Vice President

Bill Schutzler - Twin Bonanza Association, Vice President

“Old” Bob Siegfried

Robert Siegfried, II - Bonanza/Baron Advisory Committee Vice President

Rand Siegfried

Mike Stanko

Ronnie Sudduth

Bob Thomas

Thomas Thomas

Pete Tracy

Ron Vickrey - Bonanza/Baron Advisory Committee President

Scott White

John/Tom Wood

Joe Wyatt

 

Emeritus -

John / Russell Latta - Staggerwing Club President

Morton Lester

Marge Lindemer

Dick Perry

Bill Russell

Tom Warner

Harold Bost

Jack Braly - King Air Society Vice President

Charlie/Ken Cianchette - Campaign New Horizons Chairperson

Tom Clements - King Air Society President

Stephen Craig - Twin Bonanza Association President

Jody Curtis - Vice President/Membership & Marketing

Steve Dyer

Brenda Gilbert - Secretary

Jim Gorman

Michael Greenblatt - President

Dick Hansen

Jim Hawkes

Bob Hoff

James Hoff - Twin Beech 18 Society President

Ron Hyde

Sara Hiern

Wade McNabb

Mark/Ron Morrison

Dennis Nikolaus

Chris Olstad

Charles Parish - Executive Vice President

John Parish, Jr. - Treasurer

John Parish, Sr. - Chairman of the Board

Robert Parish

Steve Parker

Staff

Charles Parish

Executive Vice President

Sherry Roepke

Resident Director

Jody Curtis

Director of Marketing and Membership

Liaisons

Beech Aero Club - Brad Mitchell

Beech Aero Club - John Pensinger

Staggerwing Club - Thomas Hoff

T-34 Association - Julie Clark

T-34 Association - Jud Nogle

Museum Divisions

King Air Society

 

Twin Beech 18 Society - President James Hoff

Bonanza/Baron Advisory - President Ron Vickrey

Twin Bonanza Association - President, Stephen Craig

Stewards

Carl and Darlene Marciniak

Air Academy Chairperson

Dick Tonan

Tour Guides / Docents

Bob & Dixie Hickey

Carl & Darlene Marciniak

Gunnar Roepke

Doreen Schulz

Museum Mission Statement

• Preserve Beechcraft and related aircraft

• Foster and promote aviation education

• Provide a library of books, manuals, technical data, publications, documents and records of the Beechcraft and related aircraft

• Recognize aviation personalities and historical events

• Encourage, assist and conduct aircraft restorations

• Conduct seminars on maintenance, repair and restoration of aircraft

• Promote safety in flying and maintaining the Beechcraft and related aircraft

• Conduct conventions and special aviation events

Financial Statement

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List of Attractions

Jack Daniel's Distillery

George Dickel Distillery

(11.3 mi)

Address :

133 Lynchburg Hwy

Lynchburg, TN 37352

Phone : 1.931.759.6357

Hours : 9AM - 4:30PM

(6.8 mi)

Address :

1950 Cascade Hollow Rd

Normandy, TN 37360

Phone : 1.931.857.4110

Hours : 9AM - 4:30PM

Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce

Tullahoma Municipal Airport

(2.5 mi)

Address :

135 W Lincoln St

Tullahoma, TN 37388

Phone : 1.931.455.5497

Hours : 8:30AM - 5:00PM

(2.1 mi)

Address :

807 William Northern Blvd

Tullahoma, TN 37388

Phone : 1.931.455.3884