Candler Field Museum
Coordinates: The Candler Field Museum is a non-profit venture to recreate the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as it appeared in the 1920s and 1930s. It is located in Williamson, Georgia, at Peach State Airport. Founded in March, 2005 as Candler Field Museum, Inc., it currently features one complete building, several aircraft and vehicles, and a large collection of era and general aeronautical memorabilia.
In 2005, retired pilot Ronald Alexander bought Peach State Airport. In the same year, he founded Candler Field Museum, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization with the purpose to recreate the old Atlanta airport. In September, 2008, the first building (American Airways hangar) was completed; as of October 2014, it is open to the public. The Doug Davis hangar is scheduled for completion before the end of the year.
Several aircraft are kept at the museum, including a 1917 Curtiss JN-4, a 1928 Curtiss Robin, a 1930 6L Stearman, a 1940 Douglas DC-3A, a 1941 PT-17 Stearman, and a Waco YMF-5. The Museum also keeps vintage vehicles, including (but not limited to) Ford Model A's, Model T's, and a 1909 Sear's (Lincoln Motor Car Works). All museum machines are in running condition, as, in the owner's words, anything that does not run "will be hung from the ceiling."
Candler Field Museum is affiliated with or supports the following:
- Flabob Airport, Riverside, California
- Curtiss Jenny JN-4 Restoration, Peachtree City, Georgia (aircraft based at Peach State Airport)
- Youth Mentorship Program, Candler Field
- Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's restoration of its reproduction Nieuport 11 World War I French fighter plane after a crash some years ago
- Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Piece of Atlanta's past takes flight," September 5, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2014. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/piece-of-atlantas-past-takes-flight/nQQn7/
- Airport newsletter covering formation of library, http://www.peachstateaero.com/files/3013/2473/7684/SEPTEMBER_2006.pdf