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Aviation Museums and Airparks in the United States

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For those interested in vintage planes of the past, there are indeed lots of military DVDs, photographs, and commercial aviation books. But we find that the best way to understand aviation history is to see it up close and personal ... to see the planes, touch them, and sense their size and purpose.

Located across the United States are a number of aviation museums and airparks which provide excellent historical aviation and warbird overviews.

We are currently offering personal reviews and highlights of several renown air museums which we have visited and highly recommend. Our reviews include the history of the museum, highlights of exhibits and planes on display, tips on visiting, photographs, and maps.


National Museum of the United States Air Force


Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton
(staff photo)

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

It is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world, with over 360 vintage airplanes and missiles in its collection.

We highly recommend a visit for aviation enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in, and appreciation for, the efforts and service of the fine men and women of the United States Air Force!


Pima Air and Space Museum


Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson
(staff photo)

Pima Air & Space Museum, located at 6000 E. Valencia Road in Tucson across from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, is one of the largest such facilities in the world.

Opened in 1976 with 35 classic airplanes, it has evolved into the largest non-government-funded air museum in the United States.

Its vast collection includes more than 300 historic planes and spacecraft, housed in both interior hangars and exterior spaces, and spread over 80 acres.

You can tour yourself, on your own pace. Or you can join docent-led tours, either on walking tours or tram tours.


Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian

Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.
Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Center at Dulles
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The Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum opened at Dulles Airport in December of 2003, providing additional space for the Smithsonian Institution to display thousands of vintage aviation and space artifacts that could not be exhibited at its facility on the National Mall.

A centerpiece is the Boeing Aviation Hangar which permits visitors to see planes and exhibits from three different levels.

Visitors can walk among antique aircraft on the bottom floor, and view classic airplanes hanging from the arched ceiling on elevated skywalks.


Castle Air Museum


Castle Air Museum in California
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A group of dedicated enthusiasts in the Atwater-Merced area formed the Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc. which is now a non-profit organization. Its purpose is to build a facility in which faithfully restored historic airplanes could be exhibited for public enjoyment.

It opened in 1981, on a site adjacent to the former Castle Air Force Base. Most of the workers there are volunteers, and the small admission charge helps defray restoration and maintenance projects on the vintage airplanes. The U.S. Air Force does not provide any funds for maintenance and repair. Today, the facility displays 54 restored World War II, Korean War, and Cold War era planes.

Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Utah


Hill Aerospace Museum
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Hill Aerospace Museum is located on approximately 30 acres on the northwest corner of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, about five miles south of Ogden. It was founded in 1981 as a part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program and first opened in 1986. It moved to its current facility in 1991.

This fine facility exhibits more than 90 vintage military planes, missiles, and aerospace vehicles on the grounds and two major indoor galleries: the Major General Rex A. Hadley Gallery and the Lindquist Stewart Fighter Gallery.

The list of classic airplanes on display is extensive, and includes the B-29 Superfortress "Hagarty's Hag", a B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, F-100 Super Sabre, B-47 Stratojet, B-52 Stratofortress, SR-71, P-38, A-10, F-105 and many more.

A gate pass onto Hill AFB is NOT required to visit the facility.


Museum of Aviation in Warner-Robins, Georgia


Museum of Aviation
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The Museum of Aviation is located at Robins Air Force Base in Warner-Robins, Georgia. It is situated on 51 acres adjacent to the base, and is the second largest facility in the U.S. Air Force museum system. Robins AFB is located in middle Georgia, 100 miles south of Atlanta and 16 miles south of Macon.

It is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is one of only seven in the United States to earn such a professional distinction.

The list of old aircraft and vintage warbirds on display is impressive, and includes the B-29 Superfortress, B-25 Mitchell, B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer, SR-71 Blackbird, P-51 Mustang, A-10 Thunderbolt, F-105 and many more.

A gate pass onto Robins AFB is NOT required to visit.


Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington


Museum of Flight
(staff photo)

The Museum of Flight is located in the Seattle, Washington area, at King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field.

Established in 1965, it is the largest private air and space facility in the world. It also hosts the largest K-12 educational programs in the world.

It is a huge, beautiful facility, and spans several buildings and many acres. A vast array of historical airplanes and space artifacts are displayed. Included is the B-29 Superfortress "T-Square 54", a B-47 Stratojet, B-17 Flying Fortress, the original Boeing 747, the first 727, VC-137B Air Force One, Concorde SST, Soyuz Space Capsule, DC-3 ... and the list goes on and on!


Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Colorado


Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
(staff photo)

The Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum is located six miles east of Pueblo, Colorado on U.S. Highway 50 at Pueblo Memorial Airport.

The airport is located on the site of historic World War II Pueblo Army Air Base constructed in 1941. The base conducted advanced training for crews of the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator and the B-29 Superfortress.

The time-consuming restoration of vintage warbirds is all done by volunteers. Their work is seen in the incredible restorations of many of the planes on display, such as the F-100 Super Sabre, B-29, C-131A, F-86D, F-84 Thunderjet, F-104 Starfighter, T-37 Tweet and others. More airplanes are scheduled for future restoration, such as the B-47 Stratojet outside.


South Dakota Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth AFB


South Dakota Air & Space Museum at Ellsworth AFB (staff photo)

The South Dakota Air and Space Museum is located just outside the gate of Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City and is a major national repository of historic Air Force airplanes. It is free and open to the public.

It features a series of indoor exhibits and displays, and an outdoor airpark of more than twenty restored, historic aircraft and related equipment. The collection includes several famous airplanes such as the B-52 Stratofortress, B-25 Mitchell III, F-86 Sabre, F-84F Thunderstreak, EC-135, F-101 Voodoo, F-105 Thunderchief and many others.

Among the many fine aircraft on display are the B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II" The aircraft has been recently experted repainted, as S/N 484112. It is among the finest B-29 restorations that we have seen across the country.

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Boeing Aviation Hangar at Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Center at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.
Boeing Aviation Hangar at Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Center at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.