A group dedicated to relocating and rebuilding the Curtiss-Wright Wiley Post Hangar at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City is on the hunt for memorabilia.
The hangar was built in 1929 by the Curtiss-Wright Corp., in keeping with its plan of developing model airports in cities that were deemed “progressive and air-minded.” It served as home base for Wiley Post and his airplane, “The Winnie Mae of Oklahoma.” The hangar and airport also were the initial home of Braniff Airlines, Central Airlines, and American Airways, which later became American Airlines. Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and other aviation stars of the day were frequent visitors to the hangar, which today is considered one of Oklahoma’s most significant and historic aviation structures.
The Wiley Post Commission doesn’t have much information about the daily operations at the hangar as it contemplates a $3.4 million relocation and reconstruction of the facility, so it is asking aviation enthusiasts to go through their mementos in hopes of finding more information.
The commission also is looking for people who can lend their stories about the hangar to an oral history project.
“We want to collect the stories as well as the mementos that are in the attic,” said Bob Kemper, executive director.
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