I appreciate your interest in Lauridsen Aircraft. Please use the form below for any comments you may have. If you prefer you may email me directly at email@example.com. Thank you, Hans Lauridsen
About Our Museum
A working Museum
“Looking at planes that are locked up with ropes around them is boring,” says Hans Lauridsen, the museum founder. “I would rather people coming into the museum see planes that are being worked on, with engine cowlings open.”
We are currently located at the Buckeye Airport in Buckeye Arizona, where a majority of our planes are. If you happen to drop by, you will probably see us working on our airplanes, but no tours are available at this time. Our schedule varies, as activities at surrounding airports in Phoenix valley may cause us to be at another facility without notice.
Thank you for your interest.
The creation of the museum wouldn’t be possible without the many hours donated by a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. If you also feel you have time and talent that could help us bring the museum to fruition, please contact me personally.
Chuck was born in Sioux City, IA, but now lives in Sioux Falls.SD and Sun City, AZ. During WWII, he was one of 10,000 US Air Corp Aviation Cadets washed out in May 1945 when Congress decided to eliminate primary training for all cadets; he ended up in B-29 School. Over the years he has owned a Cessna and two Bonanzas. Chuck says, “My love for airplanes, especially old ones never wanes and my association with Hans and his Museum is a privilege and a labor of love.
Wiley is a world war II veteran who works almost daily to help restore the old aircraft. He lives in Sun City West where he is able to use the metal shop of the Recreation Center to help craft parts no longer available.
Will Replaced skin and structure on the PBY-5A in May of 2007 while it was parked near the tower on the Glendale AZ airport.
Kevin Knutsen has spent his life in general aviation. He started his career flying gliders at the age of 14 and obtained his pilot’s license when he was just 16 years old. He is an ATP and IA and has several type ratings. His passion is flying and maintaining WWII warbirds and keeping them alive for future generations. His work as chief mechanic and pilot with Hans Lauridsen and the Lauridsen Aviation and Vehicle Museum fulfills that passion. He enjoys flying his helicopter and radio-controlled aircraft.