North Central Airlines Commemorative Exhibit

North Central Airlines is a commercial aviation success story. From its humble beginnings in 1944 with two aircraft based in Clintonville, Wisconsin, North Central Airlines became a major national airline flying 56 aircraft to 100 destinations throughout the United States.

North Central Airlines will be commemorated at the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin via the North Central Airlines Commemorative Exhibit.  Located at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport, the Aviation Heritage Center’s exhibit will be the nation’s only major tribute honoring North Central Airlines.

The story of North Central Airlines is fascinating and worth commemorating. For 35 years, nearly every Great Lakes citizen who flew via commercial aviation probably experienced a flight on North Central Airlines.

The North Central Airlines Commemorative Exhibit will educate younger and future generations about an airline that was a significant part of air travel between 1944 and 1979.  The exhibit will ensure that the legacy of North Central Airlines and its employees is remembered into perpetuity.

The highlight of the North Central Airlines Commemorative Exhibit is a former North Central Airlines Douglas DC-3 aircraft.  This aircraft, acquired by the Aviation Heritage Center in July 2016, flew for North Central Airlines as both a passenger and cargo aircraft between 1954 and 1964.

Of the seven different aircraft flown by North Central, the DC-3 flew for more years (18) and carried more passengers than any other company aircraft.  In 1958, North Central operated a fleet of 32 DC-3 aircraft, the most of any operator in the nation. 

Plans also include a second floor library to be added to the Aviation Heritage Center museum.  Named the North Central Airlines Library, the room will exhibit North Central Airlines memorabilia and photographs.

It is hoped that the DC-3 can be kept in airworthy condition.  At tour stops, interpretive signs will tell the history of North Central Airlines and recount the production and service history of N33632, including an overview of the Douglas DC-3 in general.  

The story of North Central Airlines needs to be remembered and told to future generations. The Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin is proud to ensure that the stories, memorabilia, and the men and women who were a part of the North Central Airlines family are made known to the thousands of people who visit the Aviation Heritage Center each year.