Are you interested in aviation? Do you want an up close look at some of the most important aircraft in history?
The United States Air Force maintains a number of museums across the country. Some of which cover general aviation, while some focus on a specific topic. While military aircraft is the primary focus, some historic civilian planes are also featured.
National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio-The oldest and largest of the Air Force museums, displaying over 360 aircraft. Located near the birthplace of the Wright Brothers, the NMUSAF has a focus of the history of flight, including a replica of the Wright Flyer. Also of note is the B-29 Superfortress which dropped the “Fat Man” atomic bomb and the B-17 “Memphis Belle”. A seperate facility houses presidential aircraft, including the Boeing 707 used by John F. Kennedy on that fateful trip to Dallas.
Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Cape Canaveral, Florida-Located near the Kennedy Space Center, this museum focuses on the early American Space Program. Known for it’s rocket garden of outdoor exhibits.
Hill Aerospace Museum, Ogden, Utah-Featuring over 90 aircraft including the B-17 Flying Fortress, and the A-10 Thunderbolt.
Museum of Aviation, Warner Robbins, Georgia-the second largest Air Force museum features aircraft on display over 51 acres. The SR-71 Blackbird on display is the current record holder for airspeed. Other exhibits focus on cargo planes, helicopters and training aircraft.
Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland, Nebraska-Focusing primarily on the Strategic Air Commend defense systems, this museum features several rare and experimental aircraft. These include the Avro Vulcan, a B-36J Peacemaker and a B-52 Stratofortress.
These are just a few of the Air Force museums available to visit across the country. Most of them free of charge. Of course, visit your Library’s Travel Neighborhood for these and other vacation ideas.
Do you have a favorite specialty museum?