On September 15, 1910, Charles Willard took flight at the Caledonia County Fair, becoming the first to fly an airplane in the State of Vermont. More than 100 years later, local aviator and EAA Chapter 1576 President, Vinny Matteis has established the Vermont Aviation Museum & Flying School - the first-ever aviation museum in the state.
Located on the grounds of the Caledonia County State Airport, the new museum and flying school is housed in the long-vacant Pudding Hill Schoolhouse. After months of renovation, the museum held its first open house and fly-in event on September 18, 2021.
The museum aims to collect historic aviation artifacts from the many State airports, preserving the history of aviation in the Green Mountain State. The Flying School is intended to be an educational resource for all ages and interests, encouraging interest in STEM and aviation-related career fields.
To find out more about the Vermont Aviation Museum & Flight School, including how to volunteer or donate historic aviation artifacts, contact Vinny Matteis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for events, photos, and more, be sure to follow the museum on Facebook.