Panels Off Event

February featured event

Panels Off!

February 1-28, 2022

Ever wondered what makes that aircraft fly or what the inside of an ammunition bay looks like? Maybe you are a mechanical engineer at heart or an enthusiast and just want to know what is under our aircrafts beautiful panels, doors and cowlings. Join us this February for our 2nd annual Panels Off Month! Included with admission, and free to Air Zoo Members, this month-long event is sure to give you a new and unique perspective of the Air Zoo's aircraft and insight into what innovative engineering principles developed over the course of time.

Many of the Air Zoo's planes will have panels and or cowlings removed for an in-depth look into their workings.  Come out and learn about the significance of their mechanics and features. 

Check out the featured aircraft!

Please note this list is subject to change and will be udpates as able.

Bell P-39Q Airacobra

  • Engine: Allison V-1710-85 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 1,200 hp (890 kW) at 9,000 ft (2,743 m) (using emergency power). 
  • Carburetor mounted to end of engine. 
  • Fuel and oil lines visible. 
  • Exhaust “beaver-tails" plainly visible for inspection. 

Curtiss Robin

  • Engine: Powered by a Curtiss OX-5 engine, an early V-8 American liquid-cooled aircraft engine built by Curtiss.
  • Exhaust collector is visible.

Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless

  • Engine: 1 × Wright R-1820-60 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,200 hp.
  • Radio compartment.
  • Flare tubes.
  • Control cables for the elevators, rudder and trim.

Fairchild 24-K Forwarder

Engine: The Ranger L-440 (company designation 6-440C) are six-cylinder inline inverted air-cooled aero-engines produced by the Ranger Aircraft Engine Division of the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation of Farmingdale, New York, United States. The engine was mainly produced for Fairchild's family of training aircraft in the mid-1930s.

Fairchild OT-23HO Cornell

  • Engine: The Continental R-670 (factory designation W670) was a seven-cylinder four-cycle radial aircraft engine produced by Continental displacing 668 cubic inches. 
  • Accessory section and pilot’s cockpit shown. 
  • Induction system access. 
  • Fuel and oil lines. 

Ford 5AT Trimotor

  • Engine: Powered by three 420-hp (320-kW) Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial piston engines
  • Accessory section opened on #1 Engine, port side.
  • Notice yellow oil tank.
  • Fuel and oil lines visible.
  • Provides access to all accessories on the #1 engine.

Goodyear FG-1D Corsair

Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W radial engine, 2,380 hp. 

Grumman Hellcat

  • Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W Double Wasp 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 2,200 hp (1,600 kW) with a two-speed two-stage supercharger and water injection. 
  • Open ammo bay shown on starboard wing, top. 

Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

  • Engine, Wright R-1820-56
  • Accessory section Shown.
  • Landing gear, (manually raised and lowered via hand crank).
  • Fuel and oil lines.
  • Access to all engine accessories.

Heath LNB-4 Parasol

  • Engine: The Heath Airplane Company's Model B-4 was an in-line, four-cylinder, air-cooled Henderson motorcycle engine converted for use in aircraft by modifying the lubrication system and the valves.
  • This static restoration is unique in the fact that technicians left the entire starboard side of the airplane uncovered to enable guests to view the engine and accessories, pilot’s cockpit, starboard wing construction, and empennage section.
  • Pilot’s cockpit is as simple as it gets, circa 1929.
  • Primary control stick and rudder pedals are visible.
  • Primary control cables are visible running through the tail section to the elevators and rudder.

North American B-25J Mitchell

  • Engine: 2 × Wright R-2600-92 Twin Cyclone 14-cylinder two-row air-cooled radial piston engines, 1,700 hp (1,300 kW) each.
  • Engine visible on both the #1 and #2 engines.
  • Exhaust visible.

North American Texan

  • Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine, 600 hp.
  • Accessory section shown.
  • Induction system.
  • Oil tank (yellow).
  • Fuel and oil lines.

Republic P-47D

  • Engine, Pratt & Whitney R-2800-21.
  • Accessory section.
  • Oil tank access, (green colored tank).
  • Induction system.
  • Fuel and oil lines.

Waco INF

  • Engine: 125 hp (93 kW) Kinner B-5, Certified ATC#345 on 2 August 1930.
  • Accessory section opened on starboard side.
  • Provides access to magnetos.
  • Provides access to fuel and oil lines.

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