Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation


“Tommy Comes Home”




Affectionately know as ‘Tommy,’ the above Thomas-Morse S4-B Scout left this factory in the Spring of 1918 to support the WWI effort as an Advanced Pursuit Trainer. 

Ninety-two years later ‘Tommy’ has come home to be restored to flying condition and preserved as a symbol of Ithaca’s aviation heritage.  The Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc. (IAHF) is proud to be leading a community-wide effort to celebrate this heritage.

Donated to the (IAHF) by Dr. William N. Thibault of San Diego, CA, the Thomas-Morse S4-B Scout is an extremely rare artifact in remarkably good condition.  We are deeply indebted to Dr. Thibault for his generosity and sincerely thank him for such a wonderful gift.  We deeply appreciate the thoughtfulness, foresight and devotion to aviation history that his gift represents.  With his gift, the IAHF has taken an immense step forward toward achievement of our goals, goals that we know he shares with our organization.  Most certainly, his gift will infuse the IAHF with a heightened sense of purpose, energy and responsibility toward attainment of those goals.