The Liberty Aviation Museum is several pieces of a puzzle, combined for maximum tourist effect; hey, this area of Ohio isn’t just all about Cedar Point Amusement Park, you know (though LAM is conveniently on the way!).
There’s the museum component, which includes such exhibits as Clark Gable’s WWII officer’s uniform. There’s a restored 1950s diner (named “The Tin Goose Diner”), trucked in from rusting away in Pennsylvania. There’s a gift shop, an event space, excellent views to the private planes arriving at the end of PCW’s runway and, finally, the hangar. It’s in this hangar at the rear of the museum where the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation is working on a project to restore a wrecked Tri-Motor to flying condition. This, accomplished with the assistance of passionate volunteers, is happening in full view of the museum’s visitors.
The museum’s goal? Maurice Hovious, the man who handed over the title of the plane to the foundation, answers: “To become center of the universe for all things Ford Tri-Motor, highlighting the major role it played in the fledgling airline industry.” It was not an easy route for Maurice, either. He explained a tiny bit: “This airplane lived here long ago, then it went around the world and became destroyed.” What an understatement (see our gallery for the aircraft’s historical timeline).