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G. G. Naugle’s E2 Taylor Cub Airplane (Registration: NC12628, Construction No. 33, built in 1932) hangs in the Virginia Aviation Museum at the Richmond International Airport (2015 Photo submitted by Curtis Ilgenfritz)

Rare York County airplane in Virginia museum

The E2 Taylor Cub Airplane originally owned by G. G. Naugle was restored and exhibited in the Virginia Aviation Museum at the Richmond International Airport. During the 1930s, this is the airplane that many in York County received their first airplane ride experience, as part of a Stony Brook service station promotion.

Curtis Ilgenfritz submitted the photo and a little history why this airplane is in a museum. In 1931, C. Gilbert Taylor and William T. Piper introduced the E2 Taylor Cub; a two-seat light aircraft; manufactured by Taylor Aircraft Company in Bradford, PA.

G. G. Naugle’s E2 Taylor Cub, Registration: NC12628, Construction No. 33, and built in 1932, is rare and museum worthy because it is one of the earliest survivors of a design that evolved into the famous Piper Cub. However it is no longer possible to visit this aircraft.

The Virginia Aviation Museum was established in 1986 and their collection contained 34 aircraft. Curtis thought it was about 2015 when he visited, which is one year prior to the closing of the museum. The largest aircraft in the collection was a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird until the Aviation Museum closed; when it was moved to the Science Museum of Virginia; as the featured item in their Speed exhibit. The remainder of the Virginia Aviation Museum collection will eventually be relocated and preserved, though a new location has not yet been determined.

My post The Highway Bridge Service Station on the Lincoln Highway, produced a large response by readers. Thanks for your questions; and for sharing your stories and photos!

Requests were made for a photo of my G. G. Naugle’s 1936 Christmas Calendar; which was e-mailed to those readers who had close relations on the list of 203 individuals; provided in my previous post.

1936 Christmas Calendar from G.G. Naugle’s Service Station in Stony Brook, York County, PA (S.H. Smith collections)

G. G. Naugle and his E2 Taylor Cub airplane are surrounded by 203 names, where he notes: “This remembrance is dedicated to our many friends and especially those listed herewith for their confidence and privilege in having personally given them their first airplane ride experience.”

Bottom of 1936 Christmas Calendar from G.G. Naugle’s Service Station in Stony Brook, York County, PA (S.H. Smith collections)

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Springettsbury Township’s inaugural History Night, featuring a presentation on Early Aviation in Springettsbury, will be postponed until October 14 2020, from the originally scheduled July 8, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. History Night will be held in the Township Board Room, at 1501 Mt. Zion Road, York, PA from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

During the final half-hour of the initial “History Night” a few members of the Historic Preservation Committee will be sharing stories associated with one of their photos; to illustrate the format that will be made available to community members to do the same at the close of each “History Night” in the future.

Links to a few related aviation posts:

Highway Bridge Service Station provides sales and service for Taylor Cub airplanes
Fayfield developed in Springettsbury on site of first York Airport.
Earliest York Airfield in 1914 along Dover Trolley Line
Location of Hilton Airfield along Dover Trolley Line
Motter’s 1914 photos of Wright Flyer at Hilton Field
Santa flight that started a York tradition
Curtiss Aeroplanes entertain York crowd during 1912
1912 Aviation Meet at York Fairgrounds featured Curtiss Aeroplane racing a York-Built Car

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