COME PLAY IN OUR MODEL SHOP!
The Museum is fortunate to have a cadre of volunteers who are skilled craftsmen and excellent model builders. Projects vary from working on personal hobby activities, to group collaborative projects that directly support many facets of the Museum. Our model builders are self-driven to produce non-compromising meticulously built products.
Follow the progress of our projects as they take form and ultimately find their place in one of the Museum’s galleries. All work is performed in the Museum’s Model Shop, which is located at the front lobby entrance. Next time you visit us, take a peek and see what we are up to.
Amelia Earhart Lockheed Electra 10E
Amelia Earhart joined the faculty of Purdue University in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and as a technical advisor to the Department of Aeronautics. Early in 1936, Earhart started to plan a round-the-world flight. Not the first to circle the globe, it would be the longest at 29,000 miles (47,000 km), following a grueling equatorial route. With financing from Purdue ($50,000), in July 1936, a Lockheed Electra 10E was built at Lockheed Aircraft Company to her specifications which included extensive modifications to the fuselage to incorporate a large fuel tank. Earhart dubbed the twin engine monoplane airliner her “flying laboratory” and hangared it at Mantz’s United Air Services located just across the airfield from Lockheed’s Burbank, California plant in which it had been built.
Although the Electra was publicized as a “flying laboratory”, little useful science was planned and the flight was arranged around Earhart’s intention to circumnavigate the globe along with gathering raw material and public attention for her next book.
The Model Shop is currently constructing a 1/8 model of the aircraft.