NEEDED: Wire Clothes Hangars


A recent visitor to AeroKnow Museum examines a model of a DeHavilland Comet IV.

About eight years ago, I realized I had purchased enough plastic and wood clothes hangars to completely replace the old-fashioned wire hangars that had served me so well since I moved into an apartmemt the first time 40 years ago, so I pitched almost every wire hangar in the house. almost as soon as I encountered one in a corner on a closet floor. Today I wish I had every one of them back, not for my clothes, but for AeroKnow Museum.

Since moving out to the airport and getting serious about displaying model airplanes on something better looking than inverted styrofoam drinking cups and washed and white-papered-over soup cans. I discovered on a whim that with the top-of-the-triangle hooks removed, wire hangars can be cut into three pieces of wire that are perfect thickness and bendability for the model stands needed. Hence this call for your help.

I tried what we called music wire back in the days when every hobby shop carried a tall box of it in various thickness. We used to buy the thin wire for control lead-ins attached to bellcranks in the middle of the fuselage and extended out the wingtips for attaching to our Jim Walker U-Reely handles. We used thicker music wire to run from the bellcrank to the control horn that connected to the elevators. I learned recently that while not a single hobby or craft store carries music wire anymore, some music stores do. I’ve delayed my search to find wire I can buy wire YOU might donate in the form of wire hangars. There are other priorities at the Museum: file folders, printer ink cartridges to name a few.

If you have hangars you will donate, leave a comment following this post. That will allow me to write you back to arrange for me to pick them up. (Your e-mail address appears in a blogger’s inside information.)  

Better yet, take them to Landmark Aviation at Springfield, Illinois’ fabulous Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport and leave them for me at the service counter.

Even better, bring them out to AeroKnow Museum when I’m in the office, typically 7:30 to 8:45 and 5:30 to 8 pm most days, and most of the time most weekends.

Don’t worry about having more coat hangars than we can use. That will not happen, and if it does, I will announce the happy news right here.

If you live too far away to drive, consider sending a check that will allow us to purchase music wire for stands. Just say in a note that your donation is for the model stands fund, and I guarantee you, we won’t purchase file folders blank DVDs or photo paper with it.

Thanks for your consideration.

Share the vision. Build the dream.

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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