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CAVALCADE

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Cavalcade of Wings is a nonprofit that documents, displays, and maintains the history of aviation for the city of Albuquerque, Kirtland Air Force Base, and the State of New Mexico. There are over 900 scale aircraft models on display at the Albuquerque Sunport in 18 glass enclosed cases that along with stories, photos, and insignia, tell the aviation history of New Mexico. The aviation history museum is located in the “Great Hall” at the Sunport and is free to the public.

MODELS

over 900 models on display

The scale aircraft models on display at the Sunport tell the story from the first balloon flight in 1882, the first airplane to visit the state in 1911, the first military use of airplanes for a campaign in 1916, the first commercial airplane service to Albuquerque in 1929, to the commercial and military aircraft flying into New Mexico today. Browse this section of the website to see the models displayed at the Albuquerque Sunport. The models are showcased individually and describe their importance to New Mexico’s aviation history.

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at the Sunport

The Cavalcade of Wings aviation history museum is located in the “Great Hall” at the Albuquerque Sunport. On display are aircraft models, photos, narratives, and aviation artifacts showcasing the aviation history of Albuquerque, Kirtland Air Force Base, and the State of New Mexico.

CAVALCADE OF WINGS

Overview

Cavalcade of Wings is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit that has been documenting and displaying the aviation history for the Albuquerque Sunport, Kirtland Air Force Base, and the State of New Mexico since 1965. The aviation museum at the Albuquerque Sunport began with one display case and 25 models in 1965 and now contains over 900 commercial, military, and private aircraft models in 18 display cases. Along with aircraft models, Cavalcade of Wings collects and displays aviation insignia, photos, and artifacts to help tell this incredible aviation story of New Mexico.

 

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New Location

The Albuquerque Sunport plans to relocate the Cavalcade of Wings Aviation History Museum to accommodate the ongoing “Dream of Flight” construction project. Here are the architect’s renderings of the proposed design solution showing new display cases located in the Great Hall underneath the existing Ingram-Foster Biplane display.

The Sunport’s proposed Cavalcade of Wings
aviation museum conceptual design.

900+ Models

Located in the Albuquerque Sunport Terminal’s “Great Hall”, the Cavalcade of Wings aviation museum has on display over 900 scale commercial, military, and private aircraft models. From the first balloon flight in 1882, the first airplane to visit the state in 1911, the first military use of airplanes for a campaign in 1916, the first commercial airplane service to Albuquerque in 1929, to the commercial and military aircraft flying into New Mexico today are on display.

NM Airfields' History

Cavalcade of Wings has collected and preserved the legacy of every civilian and military airfield across the entire State of New Mexico. From all active airports and military bases to the exciting histories of airports and bases that no longer exist. Along with the airfield histories, the stories of the many local and national personalities that helped create the rich history of New Mexico’s aviation past are documented.

Media Collections

Cavalcade of Wings has collected a diverse set of artifacts to help preserve the aviation history of New Mexico. From the expansive photo collection to a wide range of documents, letters, and insignia, these artifacts tell a compelling story of the colorful events that has defined New Mexico’s aviation history.

Our Museum is open 24/7

The Cavalcade of Wings aviation history museum is a tribute to the pioneers of flight and the celebration of the continuing evolution of aviation technology. The museum highlights the excitement and wonder that people have felt about flight since the earliest days of aviation, and the enduring fascination that airplanes continue to inspire in people of all ages today. All of that history has been combined with the contributions of the State of New Mexico to show our place in aviation history.

“I’m not bound to be in aviation at all. I’m here only because I love the sky and flying more than anything else on earth. Of course there’s danger; but a certain amount of danger is essential to the quality of life. I don’t believe in taking foolish chances’ but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all” ~ Charles Lindbergh

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Aircraft Models

HOURS A DAY – THE MUSEUM IS OPEN

Featured Models

a Sample of Our Models

USAF BOEING B-47B STRATOJET

Learn about the bomber designed to fly at high subsonic speed and at high altitude to avoid enemy interceptor aircraft.

TWA BOEING 307 STRATOLINER

Learn about the aircraft that was pressurized and could fly at higher altitudes to avoid bad weather and could also fly longer distances.

WESTERN AIR EXPRESS FOKKER F-10

Learn about the Fokker F-10 Tri-Motor, it was the first scheduled commercial airline service to Albuquerque.

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Albuquerque's Top Models

The Cavalcade of Wings historic scale aircraft model display stands ready to greet visitors in the Albuquerque Sunport’s “Great Hall”, located on Level 2.

A Step Back in Time...

A Stinson Gullwing-Reliant is parked on the apron at the Albuquerque Air Terminal in the 1940’s.

Greetings from Albuquerque!

This iconic postcard was used by TWA in the 1940’s to advertise its service to Albuquerque. The postcard is a colorized version of an actual black and white photo taken on the apron of the Albuquerque Municipal Airport.

Express Service

The first commercial flight to Albuquerque, a Western Air Express Fokker F10, waits on the apron for departing passengers at Oxnard Field…Albuquerque’s first air field, in 1929.

All Aboard for TWA

A majestic TWA Lockheed L-049 Constellation, nicknamed the “Connie”, is parked on the apron at the Albuquerque Municipal Airport waiting for passengers to board in this photograph from the 1950’s.

That's the Spirit!!!

The famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh, makes a stop near Santa Fe, New Mexico during his Goodwill Tour in September of 1927.

Patrolling the Skies

The New Mexico Air National Guard 150th Fighter Wing, nicknamed the Tacos, flies in formation using the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star (the NM Guard’s first jets) over the skies of New Mexico in this undated photo.

Learning To Fly

During World War Two, US Army Air Corps pilots were trained to fly the new four engine Boeing B-24’s at Kirtland Air Force Base, courtesy of TWA’s Four Engine School, also known as Eagles Nest and the Jack Frye School.

Sundown on the F-16

A lone General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon from the New Mexico Air National Guard’s 150th Fighter Wing, the” Tacos”, sits in a glorious Albuquerque sunset not long before its retirement from service in 2011.

Support CAVALCADE OF WINGS

Cavalcade of Wings is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) educational organization that documents and displays New Mexico’s aviation history. As a nonprofit, we are registered with the Internal Revenue Service, the New Mexico Corporation Commission and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. Managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, Cavalcade is always improving the exhibits and acquiring additional models and artifacts. If you would like to help us, we gratefully accept monetary donations, aviation related information, photos, and artifacts.

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JetBlue’s flight from Albuquerque to New York JFK developed a mechanical issue and cancelled last night, February 18. The aircraft, an Airbus A220-300 N3139J, is seen parked behind gate B5 at the Albuquerque Sunport awaiting maintenance.

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JetBlue’s flight from Albuquerque to New York JFK developed a mechanical issue and cancelled last night, February 18. The aircraft, an Airbus A220-300 N3139J, is seen parked behind gate B5 at the Albuquerque Sunport awaiting maintenance.

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Delta Air Lines marked its 41st year of service to ABQ today, February 15. The carrier began service to the Albuquerque Sunport of February 15, 1983 with three flights per day to Dallas/Fort Worth using Boeing 727-200’s and 737-200’s. This photo of a Delta 737-200, N309DL, was taken in 1988 as the Albuquerque Sunport was undergoing a massive expansion project. This aircraft is actually parked at the old satellite gate building using ground loading as the new concourses, A and B, were under construction. 

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Delta Air Lines marked its 41st year of service to ABQ today, February 15. The carrier began service to the Albuquerque Sunport of February 15, 1983 with three flights per day to Dallas/Fort Worth using Boeing 727-200’s and 737-200’s. This photo of a Delta 737-200, N309DL, was taken in 1988 as the Albuquerque Sunport was undergoing a massive expansion project. This aircraft is actually parked at the old satellite gate building using ground loading as the new concourses, A and B, were under construction.

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JetBlue returns to Albuquerque tonight, February 15, at 1105pm with their nonstop flight from New York JFK. JetBlue had paused their flight for the winter and and typically flies an Airbus A320 to ABQ however they are now returning using an Airbus A220-300 with aircraft N3132J currently enroute to the Sunport. As with the Delta A220-300 that began service to ABQ in January, the JetBlue flight also operates at night and we are not able to get a daylight photo of it. We are presenting a photo recently taken at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport of JetBlues’ A220-300, N3085J. Special thanks to Jonathan Morgan for an excellent image and use of this photo.

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JetBlue returns to Albuquerque tonight, February 15, at 1105pm with their nonstop flight from New York JFK. JetBlue had paused their flight for the winter and and typically flies an Airbus A320 to ABQ however they are now returning using an Airbus A220-300 with aircraft N3132J currently enroute to the Sunport. As with the Delta A220-300 that began service to ABQ in January, the JetBlue flight also operates at night and we are not able to get a daylight photo of it. We are presenting a photo recently taken at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport of JetBlues’ A220-300, N3085J. Special thanks to Jonathan Morgan for an excellent image and use of this photo.

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This Frontier Lynx Q400, N503LX, featuring a mountain lion motif, is seen at the Albuquerque Sunport on January 9, 2008.

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This Frontier Lynx Q400, N503LX, featuring a mountain lion motif, is seen at the Albuquerque Sunport on January 9, 2008.

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This Frontier Lynx Q400, N502LX, is seen at the Albuquerque Sunport on December 20, 2007, featuring a wolf pup motif.

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This Frontier Lynx Q400, N502LX, is seen at the Albuquerque Sunport on December 20, 2007, featuring a wolf pup motif.

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From 2007 through 2012, Frontier Airlines operated their own feeder carrier called Lynx Aviation to serve smaller cities as well as add service to some medium sized cities using the De Havilland Canada DHC-8-Q400’s. Seen here is a Lynx Q400, N501LX at the Albuquerque Sunport on January 13, 2008 featuring a baby lynx motif.

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From 2007 through 2012, Frontier Airlines operated their own feeder carrier called Lynx Aviation to serve smaller cities as well as add service to some medium sized cities using the De Havilland Canada DHC-8-Q400’s. Seen here is a Lynx Q400, N501LX at the Albuquerque Sunport on January 13, 2008 featuring a baby lynx motif.

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Northwest Airlines final livery began in 2003 and is seen here on this Airbus A320, N328NW, captured at the Albuquerque Sunport in the 2000’s. 

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Northwest Airlines final livery began in 2003 and is seen here on this Airbus A320, N328NW, captured at the Albuquerque Sunport in the 2000’s.

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Northwest Airlines began using an updated livery in 1989 as seen on this Boeing 727-200, N727RW, captured at the Albuquerque Sunport during the 1990’s. 

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Northwest Airlines began using an updated livery in 1989 as seen on this Boeing 727-200, N727RW, captured at the Albuquerque Sunport during the 1990’s.

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On January 31, 2010, 14 years ago, Northwest Airlines was fully merged into Delta Airlines. Northwest began serving Albuquerque in 1992 with two daily flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Seen here is a Northwest Boeing 727-200, N290US, at the Albuquerque Sunport in the early 1990’s still wearing an older livery used during the 1970’s and 80’s. The carrier went by the name “Northwest Orient” until 1986.

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On January 31, 2010, 14 years ago, Northwest Airlines was fully merged into Delta Airlines. Northwest began serving Albuquerque in 1992 with two daily flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Seen here is a Northwest Boeing 727-200, N290US, at the Albuquerque Sunport in the early 1990’s still wearing an older livery used during the 1970’s and 80’s. The carrier went by the name “Northwest Orient” until 1986.

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Southwest Airlines New Mexico One has been a rare sight at ABQ lately but did recently make a visit. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 N8655D, is seen here exiting runway 03 after landing at the Albuquerque Sunport on January 20, 2024. 

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Southwest Airlines New Mexico One has been a rare sight at ABQ lately but did recently make a visit. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 N8655D, is seen here exiting runway 03 after landing at the Albuquerque Sunport on January 20, 2024.

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Amazon Prime Air recently added a second flight to ABQ, arriving from and returning to the Amazon hub at the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. This flight is also operated by Sun Country Airlines and is running the same schedule as the initial Prime Air carrier, Silver Airways, did at ABQ in 2022. Seen here is a Prime Air Boeing 737-800, N5479A, operated by Sun Country, landing on runway 08 at the Albuquerque Sunport on October 15, 2023.

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Amazon Prime Air recently added a second flight to ABQ, arriving from and returning to the Amazon hub at the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. This flight is also operated by Sun Country Airlines and is running the same schedule as the initial Prime Air carrier, Silver Airways, did at ABQ in 2022. Seen here is a Prime Air Boeing 737-800, N5479A, operated by Sun Country, landing on runway 08 at the Albuquerque Sunport on October 15, 2023.

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This Virgin America Airbus A320, N629VA, landed at the Albuquerque Sunport for a fuel stop on February 15, 2018. Virgin America was fully merged into Alaska Airlines about two months later.

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This Virgin America Airbus A320, N629VA, landed at the Albuquerque Sunport for a fuel stop on February 15, 2018. Virgin America was fully merged into Alaska Airlines about two months later.

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Seen here are three American Airlines 727-200’s parked at the Albuquerque Sunport’s former west wing gates in 1989. After the massive expansion of the Sunport from 1987 through 1989, the west wing gates were no longer needed and were eventually demolished in 2007. There were four gates on the west wing with jetbridges and all were used extensively by AA and several other carriers throughout the 1980’s. 

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Seen here are three American Airlines 727-200’s parked at the Albuquerque Sunport’s former west wing gates in 1989. After the massive expansion of the Sunport from 1987 through 1989, the west wing gates were no longer needed and were eventually demolished in 2007. There were four gates on the west wing with jetbridges and all were used extensively by AA and several other carriers throughout the 1980’s.

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American Airlines flew the longer Boeing 727-200 on most of its flights from ABQ to DFW as well as to Chicago throughout the 1980’s. Seen here is N870AA parked at a gate at the Albuquerque Sunport in 1993. 

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American Airlines flew the longer Boeing 727-200 on most of its flights from ABQ to DFW as well as to Chicago throughout the 1980’s. Seen here is N870AA parked at a gate at the Albuquerque Sunport in 1993.

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American Airlines celebrates 45 years of service to Albuquerque today. American began service on January 20, 1979 with a single daily flight to Dallas/Fort Worth and one to San Francisco using the Boeing 727-100 as seen here. The San Francisco flight was soon discontinued but DFW became a super hub and has performed very strong for the past 45 years with as many as nine flights per day. This photo of N1964 was taken at the Albuquerque Sunport in 1993 and was one of the last 727-100’s to fly into ABQ.

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American Airlines celebrates 45 years of service to Albuquerque today. American began service on January 20, 1979 with a single daily flight to Dallas/Fort Worth and one to San Francisco using the Boeing 727-100 as seen here. The San Francisco flight was soon discontinued but DFW became a super hub and has performed very strong for the past 45 years with as many as nine flights per day. This photo of N1964 was taken at the Albuquerque Sunport in 1993 and was one of the last 727-100’s to fly into ABQ.

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The longer “stretch” version of the Boeing 727, the 727-200, began flying for Continental in 1969 on several new routes from Albuquerque that the airline acquired. This Continental 727-200, N550PS, is seen parked at the Albuquerque Sunport on September 20, 1979. Thanks to Jon Proctor for this photo as well. 

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The longer “stretch” version of the Boeing 727, the 727-200, began flying for Continental in 1969 on several new routes from Albuquerque that the airline acquired. This Continental 727-200, N550PS, is seen parked at the Albuquerque Sunport on September 20, 1979. Thanks to Jon Proctor for this photo as well.

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