Tri-State Warbird Museum

The Tri-State Warbird Museum is a private, not-for-profit[2] aviation museum located in Batavia, Ohio, in Clermont County next to the Clermont County Airport.[3]

Tri-State Warbird Museum
Tri-State Warbird Museum is located in Ohio
Tri-State Warbird Museum
Location in Ohio
LocationBatavia, Ohio, United States
Coordinates39°04′39″N 84°12′47″W / 39.077577°N 84.212993°W / 39.077577; -84.212993
TypeMilitary aviation museum
Collection size10 aircraft
FounderDavid O'Maley, Sr.[1]
PresidentDavid O'Maley, Jr.


The focus of the museum is on World War II, therefore, all aircraft at the museum are from this time period. The goal of the museum is to preserve and operate these aircraft, as a result, all either are flyable or will be made flyable.[2] The museum publishes a newsletter called "Taking Flight" approximately 1 or 2 times per year.[4] Every June, a fundraising gala is held by the museum.[5] A World War II period barracks exhibit is also on display at the museum.[6]


The museum was formed in 2003 by David O'Maley, Sr. and opened to the public on 21 May 2005.[7][8] O'Maley is a former CEO of Ohio National Life Insurance Company.[9]

The museum's North American B-25 Mitchell was featured on October 16, 2010 in a flyover of the Virginia Tech football game.[10][11]

In 2011, due to a large donation, a second hangar was built at the museum to provide additional space for aircraft.[7]

The museum's P-40 was involved in an accident on 8 December 2011, shortly after being restored to flight status. The aircraft experienced an engine failure and had to be glided back to the airport from an altitude of 6,500 feet. Upon landing it overran the runway, went through a fence and came to rest on a nearby road.[12][13]

The museum's B-25 and P-51 performed flyovers at a Virginia Tech football game on 22 September 2012.[14]

Three World War II veterans received the French Legion of Honour at an event held at the museum on 12 February 2013.[15]

The museum's B-25 performed a flyover for Doolittle Raider Tom Griffin's funeral on 9 March 2013.[16]

The museum's B-25 performed the flyover for the Cincinnati Reds opening day on 1 April 2013.[17]

The museum's B-25 performed the flyover for the opening ceremonies of the Indianapolis 500 with five T-6s from the Cincinnati Warbirds on 26 May 2013.[18]

The museum's B-25 performed part of the flyover for the final toast of the Doolittle Raiders at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on 9 November 2013.[19]

The museum's B-25 took part in an event in Kansas City, Missouri on 14 June 2014.[20][21]

The museum's P-40 won the World War II Grand Champion award at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow in 2016.[22]

The museum's P-51 performed a flyover at Wright Memorial Hill for the 113th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first flight on 16 December 2016.[23]

Aircraft on displayEdit


Cincinnati Miss at Willow Run Airport in August 2005.

Under RestorationEdit

Other VehiclesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The People of the Tri-State Warbird Museum". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  2. ^ a b "About the Tri-State Warbird Museum". Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  3. ^ Ohio tourism site on the Tri-state warbird museum Archived 2009-08-03 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "News and Announcements from the Tri-State Warbird Museum".
  5. ^ "The Tri-State Warbird Museum "Taking Flight"" (PDF). Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Other Vehicles at the Tri-State Warbird Museum". Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b "History of the Tri-State Warbird Museum". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  8. ^ Shaw, Michelle (8 June 2005). "World War II aviation museum opens in Batavia". Community Journal Clermont.
  9. ^ "Ohio National Online". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  10. ^ "Virginia Tech Alumnus Stanley Cohen, WWII Veteran". Vimeo. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  11. ^ "A Golden Hokie Opportunity: Stanley Cohen". Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Plane overshoots runway, knocks down fences in Clermont County". Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  13. ^ Bednarski, Kristin (December 15, 2011). "Plane crashes through fence at Clermont airport". The Clermont Sun. Clermont Sun Publishing Company. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  14. ^ Bayne, Bayne (September 23, 2012). "Older Corps of Cadets members join Lane Stadium celebration". The Roanoke Times. The Roanoke Times. Archived from the original on 2015-04-06. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Three Clermont County Veterans Receive France's Highest Recognition". Clermont County, Ohio. Archived from the original on 2015-04-11. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  16. ^ Williams, Jason. "Thousands honor Doolittle Raider in Green Township". Gannett. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  17. ^ "B-25 flyover preps for Opening Day". FOX 19. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  18. ^ Kelly, Paul (May 17, 2013). "Indianapolis 500 Flyover Showcases Six World War II-Era Aircrafts (sic)". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  19. ^ "Doolittle Raiders Final Toast". National Museum of the US Air Force. US Air Force. Archived from the original on 8 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  20. ^ Lear, Mike (June 13, 2014). "B-25 to return to Kansas City region for Flag Day celebration". Missourinet. Learfield News. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  21. ^ "County Honors Vets With A High-Flying Tribute". Jackson County, Missouri. June 14, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  22. ^ "2016 AirVenture Aircraft Awards". EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. EAA. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  23. ^ Greenlees, Ty (16 December 2016). "WWII era fighter buzzes Wright Memorial". My Dayton Daily News. Cox Media Group. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h "Restored Aircraft at the Tri-State Warbird Museum". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  25. ^ a b Kaplan, Ron. "Airport Journals". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  26. ^ "AVENGER/Bu. 53420". Warbird Registry. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  27. ^ "B-25 Mitchell/45-8898". Warbird Registry. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  28. ^ "P-51 MUSTANG/44-73260". Warbird Registry. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  29. ^ "Planes Being Restored at the Tri-State Warbird Museum". Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  30. ^ "CORSAIR/Bu. 92132". Warbird Registry. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  31. ^ "These Big Birds Really Fly!". Loveland Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.

Further readingEdit


  • "Cincinnati Miss". Warbird Digest. No. Five. Fall 2005.
  • Redlich, Paul (December 2007). "Flying the Legend". Aeroplane. pp. 47–49.


  • "The Warbird Museum". The Cincinnati Post. January 8, 2007. p. 1B.
  • Shaw, Michelle (May 16, 2007). "Museum is about education". Community Press.

External linksEdit

External video
  News report on the museum finishing the restoration of the P-40M before the accident
  Video of the museum's P-40M engine being tested before the accident
  Video of the museum's P-40M flying before the accident
  News report about the museum

Coordinates: 39°03′58″N 84°12′00″W / 39.066°N 84.20°W / 39.066; -84.20