Thursday, July 14, 2016

Air Museum brings home last surviving Cabinaire plane built in Saginaw, Michigan

SAGINAW TWP, MI — The Saginaw Valley Air Museum (SVAM) is bringing back the last surviving Cabinaire, N17W, back to its Saginaw birthplace Thursday, July 14, for a month-long display.

The Cabinaire will be the centerpiece for the museum's annual Antique Aircraft Fly-In Saturday, Aug. 13. The event will include other antique and classic aircraft on display as well as exhibits from the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, antique autos, radio control aircraft displays. Military equipment and vehicles will also be included.

The Cabinaire was originally scheduled for just a two-week display, but the stay was extended earlier this week.

"We're happy to get it extra early to just get it here in case there's a mechanical problem or they have a breakdown on the way," said Dan Kenny, former museum president. "Not everyone can make it that particular weekend and they might want to see it, so we're gonna try to work it out that way."

The museum will host an open house to view the plane on Sunday, Aug. 14.

According to a press release, Paramount Aircraft Corp. was formed in 1928 in Saginaw. A small, cabin biplane called the Cabinaire was designed by aviator Walter Carr. Eight of the aircraft were built at the old Saginaw Municipal Airport hangar, now known as Harry Browne Airport. The Cabinaire is usually displayed at the Golden Wings Museum in Minnesota.

All funds collected during this event will be used to support the Saginaw Valley Air Museum.

The fly-in starts at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast that costs $8 for adults; children seven and under are free. Slo' Bones BBQ Smokehaus will be available from 11:30 am until the event closes at 4 p.m. Admission for the Fly-In is free.

In addition to the exhibits and displays, there will be children's activities and a custom military dog tag machine. The "I Support the 1% Food Pantry" for veterans will also be present to accept donations.


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