Tommy Comes Home!

Celebrating the Centennial Flight of "Tommy"

September 22nd, 2018

100 years ago The Thomas-Morse Airplane Co. in Ithaca produced nearly 600 S4 Scouts, a high speed advanced bi-wing trainer for the Army Air Corps.  It became affectionately known as ‘Tommy’ at numerous training bases across the United States.

Ithaca became one of the largest suppliers of military aircraft at that time.  The factory that employed more than 1100 people still exists on South Hill. 

A project that was conceived more than 15 years ago fulfilled it’s dream by bringing  a ‘Tommy’ home, restoring it to flying condition and plans to fly it on it’s 100th birthday.  The flight is planned for September 22, 2018.

The video in the background was photographed at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome by Lloyd Shales in 1973. Their ‘Tommy’ is the only other authentic S4-B like ours in existence of which only 100 were built.