1928 FC-2W

(Left) Ann Midgett, Percy Midgett, Sally Midgett and John Midgett, Jr. posing at Hatteras with a FC-2W2 airplane belonging to the U.S. National Park Service. Picture taken around 1939.

(Right) The same FC-2W2 at the First Flight Centennial, December, 2003.

This 1928 FC-2W2 was the first airplane NASA purchased back when it was known as NACA. The ship was subsequently transferred to the National Park Service and became the first airplane the U.S. National Park Service owned. While with the Park Service, it was stationed in Manteo, N.C., about 5 miles from Kitty Hawk. It was flown on the Outer Banks by Dave Driskill, a famous Outer Banks aviator who later became America’s first licensed helicopter pilot.



© Ray Midgett