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Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Established 1993
Location 4572 Claire Chennault St
Addison, Texas 75001
Type aviation museum
Visitors 33,000 (2006)
Founder Jim Cavanaugh
Public transit access Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus route 341

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is an aviation museum in Addison, Texas, with a non-profit 501(c)(3) status for aviation educational.


The Museum promotes aviation education, research and American aviation heritage. Further, the Museum provides aircraft restoration, operates and maintains flying aircraft, maintains and displays historically-significant vintage aircraft; with an aviation collections department.


The aircraft collection held by the museum began as the personal collection of businessman Jim Cavanaugh. His collection began with the purchase of a half-share in a 1939 Piper J-3 Cub in 1980. The museum opened in October 1993.

Exhibits and collections

The flight museum is home to an aviation art gallery that includes pieces from Keith Ferris, Roy Grinnell, William Phillips, John Shaw, Stan Stokes, Robert Taylor, and Nicholas Trudgian.

B-29 "FiFi" Project

In a joint press release, dated 21 January 2008, the Commemorative Air Force and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, announced a pledge of $1.2M USD to re-engine FiFi, a B-29 Superfortress. The pledge was made by Jim Cavanaugh, the founder of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. As a result of the contribution, FiFi will be returned to flight status, and the B-29/B-24 Squadron of the CAF will relocate its base from Midland, Texas to the Addison Airport, at Addison, Texas (KADS). The B24 and the B-29 will, for the six months of each year they are not on tour, be kept and maintained at Addison. Recently FiFi has been at Meacham Field in Ft Worth during the winters.

Partial List of Collection

World War I

World War II

Manufacturer Model Serial number Notes
Heinkel CASA 2.111(He 111) Spanish built version of He 111. 9K+FZ (NX-99230)
General Motors TBM-3E Avenger 86280
North American B-25J-15NC Mitchell 44-28925 How ‘Boot That!
Curtiss P-40N-30CU Warhawk 44-7396 5
General Motors FM-2 Wildcat 86956
Hispano HA-1112-M1L C.4K-172 Markings on side <- + - (NX-109GU)
North American P-51D Mustang 44-72339
Republic P-47N-20RA Thunderbolt 45-53436 Meat Chopper; owned by Commemorative Air Force
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII MT719
Boeing-Stearman N2S-4 Kaydet N741BJ
de Havilland Tiger Moth
Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
North American AT-6/SNJ Texan 42-85697
Ryan PT-22 Recruit N46217
Vultee SNV-2/BT-13 Valiant 44177
Aeronca L-3B
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 43-15935
Douglas A-26C Invader 44-35710 "Hard to Get"
Consolidated B-24A Liberator 40-2366 "Diamond Lil"; owned by the Commemorative Air Force
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair 92339
Stinson L-5E/OY-1
Piper L-4J 45-55210

Korean War

Manufacturer Model Serial number Notes
Grumman F9F-2B Panther 123078
Grumman S2F-1 Tracker 136431
Lockheed F-104A Starfighter 56-0780
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 UTI
North American/Canadair F-86 Sabre Mk. IV 51-2821
Douglas Douglas A-1 Skyraider 135152
Bell OH-13 Sioux 65-8040

Vietnam War

Manufacturer Model Serial number Notes
Grumman OV-1D Mohawk 62-5889
McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II 64-0777
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17F
Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21US 04685145
PZL TS-11 Iskra
Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse 150213
Bell UH-1B Iroquois 62-4567
DeHavilland CV-2B Caribou 62-4149
Republic F-105 Thunderchief 63-8543

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Civilian aircraft

  • Piper J-3 Cub
  • Pitts Special
  • Christen Eagle II
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