The Kalusa Miniature Airplane Collection
The world’s largest to-scale collection of miniature airplane models is housed here at the Hazy Library at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. The Kalusa Collection is comprised of 5,825 pre-flight, private, commercial, military, and rocket aircraft models. The models are built to a 1/18 inch-to-foot scale. Consistent use of this scale provides all aircraft in the collection with accurate size relations to one another. Each model is painted with the detailed markings characteristic of the aircraft. In 2003, the Kalusa Miniature Aircraft Collection was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest collection of handmade aeroplanes in the world.
Young Artists Contest Paintings
View the delightful and colorful exhibit of selected paintings from the Young Artists Contest, sponsored by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) Aviation and Space Education Commission. These amazing paintings are created by young people between the ages of 6 to 17 from countries worldwide. The FAI sponsors this international art contest each year with thousands of students from around the world participating for awards and honors. Aeronautical and aerospace themes are represented, with special emphasis on air sports. The Hazy Library is the official archive of the original winning paintings from 1988 to the present. Photos of winning artwork are available on the FAI Website. If you have questions about the Young Artists Contest, please contact Kathy Hill by email, or phone at 928-777-3877.
Geochron World Clock
The Geochron World Clock is a unique time piece that shows where it is daylight around the world. The shape of the lighted area changes as the year advances and the location of the lighted area changes as the time of day moves forward. Every time zone in the world is defined. You may view where the sun is directly overhead and follow its path throughout the year.
NASA Manned Mission Patches
The Hazy Library originally received a donation of NASA manned mission patches from Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Danielsen in 1994. Since that time, the collection has grown to include 175 NASA patches representing the manned mission flights beginning with Mercury in 1961 including Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab ending with the last Space Shuttle mission on July 8, 2011.
Nonsked Airline History Display
The Aviation Pioneers Association, APA, was formed in the 1990s by individuals who were participants in the little-known segment of America's air transportation system, The Large Irregular Air Carriers. Commonly called the "nonskeds" (for nonscheduled flights), these pioneering airlines, flying war-surplus DC-3, DC-4, and C-46 surplus aircraft, were the first to offer the $99 Air Coach fare coast to coast. The aircraft were flown mainly by pilots wishing to continue their aviation careers after discharge from military service. The display includes photos, artifacts, and documents from the APA.
Wall of Quotes
The Wall of Quotes gives a boost to the humdrum of everyday student life in the Library. These quotes provide inspiration, contemplation, wisdom, and whimsy as represented by 19 notables including scientists, artists, authors, philosophers, politicians, poets, and pilots.