Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
The cavernous hangars of the former Curtiss Aeroplane Company now contain a sprawling museum (8419 Rte. 54, 607/569-2160, www.linkny.com/curtissmuseum, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun. May–Oct., call for off-season hours, adults $7, seniors $5, students 7–18 $4) devoted to both Curtiss and the early history of aviation.
About a dozen spiffy antique airplanes crowd the main hall, along with antique bicycles, motorcycles, propellers, and engines. Curtiss’ first interest was the bicycle. One of his earliest planes, the Curtiss Pusher, looks just like a bike with double wings and wires attached.
A highlight of the museum is a replica of the famous “June Bug” airplane, built by volunteers in the mid-1970s. A Curtiss Jenny and delicate Curtiss Robin—resembling a giant grasshopper—stand nearby.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition