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Vintage Aero Flying Museum

Vintage Aero Flying Museum
VAFM's Fokker Dr.1 and SE.5 taxiing at Platte Valley Airpark
Established 1997
(Photo: Fokker Dr.1 and SE.5)
Location Platte Valley Airpark
Hudson, Colorado
Type Aviation
Director Andy Parks (owner)
Curator Andy Parks
Website Vintage Aero Flying Museum

Vintage Aero Flying Museum (VAFM), formally LaFayette1 Escadrille Flying Museum, is Colorado's international aviation museum at Platte Valley Airpark, 4 miles north-west of Hudson, Colorado and 40 miles north-east of Denver, Colorado.[1]

Andy Parks, son of the last World War I Lafayette Escadrille member who 'flew west', James Parks², maintains the legacy and history of the LaFayette Escadrille pilots. The collection of each of these pilots' original uniforms and memorabilia is on display in custom cabinets in a secured hangar of World War I aircraft. There is no other collection of this magnitude in the world today. The Parks have created a museum in a rural setting, much like a French rural World War I air field.

VAFM is a non-profit organization and its foundation was created by James Parks in 1984 as a historical and educational foundation.

Flying aircraft on display

See also



  1. ^ Vinetage Aero Flying Museum Official site.


  • 1History behind the capital "F" in LaFayette:

There are two different usages of Lafayette and LaFayette. The capital F comes from the French spelling as written on the American Revolution.

  • ²In 1983 during this late L.E. reunion that the surviving members of the Corps made Dr. James Parks an Honorary Member #9 of the Corp.

External links

  • Lafayette Pilots' Memorial
  • History of the Escadrille
  • New England Air Museum's Lafayette Escadrille Online Exhibit
  • Motivations of the Lafayette Escadrille Pilots by Guy Nasuti
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