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User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 14117 times:

Okay, we have talked about best fighters and bombers. There are a lot of very good candidates in each catagory.

But, I really like avaiation and naval museums. Some of my favorites are:

USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio (Wright Patterson AFB)
Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts
USS Constitution, Boston, Massachusetts
Castle Air Museum, Atwater, California (near the former Castle AFB)

All these above have Aircraft or Naval Warships in excellent condition, that are well cared for. These are by no means all the museums I have visited. Some are in very poor condition (like the USS Lexington in Corpus Cristie, TX). Others have only one or two exhibits to look at (like the USS North Carolina in Wilmington, NC or the USS Texas in Houston, TX). I like a museum you can spend an entire day, or more at.

One day, I would like to visit the HMS Victory in Portsmouth, UK and the HMS Belfast in London, UK.

But, what do all of you think? What are your favorite museums?  scratchchin 

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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 14115 times:

National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola FL. One of the best you'll ever go to. Went there a few weeks ago and it's always better than the last time you visit.

My family has a few planes they have flown (actual tail numbers) so it's pretty cool to see the family tree up close.

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User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2774 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14111 times:

Evergreen Air Museum (Also home of the Spruce Goose)
and

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter):
Castle Air Museum, Atwater, California (near the former Castle AFB)

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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14090 times:
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Hands down the best military aviation museum I have seen is the National Museum of the USAF at Wright-Patterson. 2nd runner up is the RAF Museum at Hendon, followed by the IWM.

(BTW: I'm biased on the USAF Museum being retired USAF & a former volunteer at the museum. But I've seen more of it than most people too...)

As naval museums go I can't say I have any great favorites. However I have enjoyed the USS Wisconsin at Norfolk Va, The U-505 in Chicago, The Museum at the Navy Yard in D.C., & HMS Belfast & The Tower in London.

Military Museums in general that I like: The War Rooms in London, The War Memorial Museum in Seoul, the US Army Transportation Museum at Ft Eustis, VA.,

Museums on the short list to go see: U.S. Army Aviation Museum at Ft Rucker, Al, U.S. Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola, Fl., and the D-Day Museum in New Orleans, La.

edit: one museum in wrong category

[Edited 2007-03-31 17:43:22]


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User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 14086 times:

The Interpid Museum in NYC is a good one as well. Besides the Intrepid it has plenty of aircraft to see as well as a Concorde and a submarine. But, I believe it is closed now for a while due to renovation. Last week I toured the USS New Jersey in Camden and must say it is a very impressive ship. I would say that takes up about half a day, but Philly is right next door and that can take up the other half day.

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2122 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 14074 times:

The USAF Museum in Dayton is unbeatable in my opinion. Been there several times and never have enough time to take it all in. Hard to beat seeing an XB-70, YF-12, SR-71, B-36 and most of the X planes all in one museum. I like how they have (had?) the MiG-15 and F-86 side by side.. and another F-86 totally skinless so you could see all the innards. Just an amazing place, just about anything our Air Force flew and a few things our rivals did are there.

US Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola is really good too. Aircraft are in great shape and the imitation carrier deck with planes on it was a nice touch. And you have the Blue Angels right next door too!

US Army Aviation Museum in Ft. Rucker, AL. I was born there when my dad was an I.P. there after his tour in Nam, so maybe I'm partial ; . But as a helo nut this place is a mecca, pristine aircraft and basically the whole rotary wing lineage shown. I particuliarly like the AH-56 Cheyenne out front, beautiful chopper too bad it never went active. And out back in open storage they had a Hind, the Chinook with a 60' wing on top, and the MHL or XHL, anyways I forget the name but the chopper that, parked next to the aforementioned Chinook, made it look small and toylike. Enormous!

The USS Alabama museum in Mobile, AL was nice as it was my first time on a Battleship, and they had the USS Drum submarine for tours next to it. The air portion was memorable for the B-52, YF-17 and most importantly my only look at an A-12 Blackbird.

Warner Robins AFB in GA was nice, the actual record setting U-2 and SR-71 there, an English Lightning and others.

The USAF Armarment Museum at Eglin AFB, FL has a nice collection with its Century Series fighters figuring prominently, an SR-71, MiG-21, AC-130, F-111 and B-52.

Kermit Weeks Fantasy of Flight in Polk County, FL is nice. Where else can you see a Constellation, B-24, PBY Catalina and Shorts Sunderland in the same space, and that's BEFORE you get in the door. Nice 5,000' grass strip going right up to the front door and hot air balloon rides too.

It's been a long time since I've been to these, this was all back in the 90's so the information might be dated.



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User currently offlineConnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 14059 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3):
Hands down the best military aviation museum I have seen is the National Museum of the USAF at Wright-Patterson. 2nd runner up is the RAF Museum at Hendon, followed by the IWM.

Haven't been to Wright-Patterson, ZANL, but I heartily endorse your recommendation of both the
RAF Museum Hendon, and the Imperial War Museum, London. Amazing stuff there !



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User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 14055 times:

For airplanes, if you have not been to the USAF Museum, I strongly urge you to go. It is free (donations accepted). For the Navy Warship buffs, I strongly recommend Battleship Cove, about 40 miles south of Boston. They have the Battleship Massachusetts, The Joe Kennedy (Gearing calss DD), 2 PT Boats, The Lionfish (Gato class SS), and Hindsee, a former East German FFG. My guess is they will also end up with the about to decommission CV JFK.

User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 14041 times:

I have been to alot of the above mentioned museums but nobody has mentioned Imperial war museum in Duxford in Cambridgeshire. It has living history that still flys or rolls as in its armor museum.


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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 14038 times:

I think english food sucks as does their fashion but the brits never seem to throw anything away and they are kind of leading in history book and museums.

Two excellent museums in the UK I visited & made a big impression:
**** Duxford : extensive collection of old & modern (flying) aircraft, impressive collection of legendary prototypes.. http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/

**** Fleet Air Arm museum really takes you by the hand & leads you through the collection as in a story book. Innovative way of setting up a museum.. http://www.fleetairarm.com/index2.htm


User currently offlineConnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 14033 times:

Quoting Keesje (Reply 9):
I think english food sucks as does their fashion but the brits never seem to throw anything away and they are kind of leading in history book and museums.

English food sucks ? It's brilliant compared to Irish food...



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User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 14027 times:

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User currently offlineConnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 14025 times:

Venus6971-
You can see the tires are flattening out.
Sad.



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User currently offlineKevinSmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 14017 times:

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 5):
The USAF Museum in Dayton is unbeatable in my opinion.

Ditto. No one else comes close. Not only the volume of aircraft but the time span it encompasses.

I'd put the Smithsonian up there as well.
And
As much as it pains this Air Force guy to say the National Museum of Naval Aviation isn't too bad either. In fact we took a field trip up to the museum when I was in API for the enignes class, learned a lot. The Cubi bar cafe is pretty cool as well. That is one thing the NMUSAF could learn from.


User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 14015 times:

Quoting Connies4ever (Reply 12):
Venus6971-
You can see the tires are flattening out.
Sad.

No the tires look in good shape but it has no fuel in it and 707's are tail heavy without it. You can tell on how high the nose gear is extended . The paint and polished metal on the nacelles have gone to hell though.



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2122 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 13992 times:

Yeah can't believe I forgot to mention the Udvar Hazy Museum, been to that last year but not the original Smithsonian... yet. Udvar was cool, liked it a lot.


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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13980 times:

The Mueseum of Scince and Industry in Chicago has the newly updated U505 display.

< http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/U505/index.html >


User currently offlineF14D4ever From United States of America, joined May 2005, 319 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13981 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3):
... the USS Wisconsin at Norfolk, Va., ...

The museum that is home to the Wisconsin is called Nauticus. It is also home to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Add a two-hour boat tour of the Norfolk area aboard the Victory Rover and you've spent an entire day. Great place to visit.
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User currently offlineJayinKitsap From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 769 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 13934 times:

Quoting KPDX (Reply 2):
Evergreen Air Museum (Also home of the Spruce Goose)
and

On the Oregon Coast in Tallamook is a pretty good museum in the old blimp hanger. The hanger is just huge. It had a lot of the twin engine WWII planes that are too big for many other museums. It not like the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field but I enjoyed it.


User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7423 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 13921 times:
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter):
But, what do all of you think? What are your favorite museums?

Fleet Air Arm at Yeovilton, Somerset
IWM/American Air Museum at Duxford
Wright/Patterson AFB
USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Missouri, "Mighty Mo" in Pearl Harbor, HI
USS New Jersey in Camden, NJ
US Army Mueseum at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen MD( They had a nice collection of heavy equipment and arms. To bad they were all out in the elements rotting away)

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter):
One day, I would like to visit the HMS Victory in Portsmouth, UK and the HMS Belfast in London, UK.

Very good choice, along with the Mary Rose, beside it. I went there in 1987.

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User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 13896 times:

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 19):
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter):
One day, I would like to visit the HMS Victory in Portsmouth, UK and the HMS Belfast in London, UK.

Very good choice, along with the Mary Rose, beside it. I went there in 1987.

I will, thanks.

Has anyone been to the Gen. George S. Patton Museum of Armor at Fort Knox, KY? I am thinking of going there, too. I understand that all of the tanks on display actually work, as do their weapons. I have been told they have examples of tanks from every country that has operated or built (so not just US tanks) them since WWI. Is that true?


User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 13874 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Thread starter):
Okay, we have talked about best fighters and bombers. There are a lot of very good candidates in each category.

But, I really like aviation and naval museums. Some of my favorites are:

My favorite is the USAF Museum. As a truck driver, it's nice to be able to go there and find a place set up for big rig parking. Last time I was there parking and admission were free. Outstanding collection of airplanes. And the nice surprise was the discovery their gift shop items aren't overpriced. Bought several books there and came away feeling I'd paid an appropriate price for each.

USS Alabama museum is nicely done. PIMA Air Museum is wonderful. What was the SAC Museum is now the Strategic Air And Space Museum and it's worth a visit.



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User currently onlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12173 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 13842 times:

On a personal note, I am disappointed the USAF museum does not have a KC-135A on display. Yes, they do have an NC-135A and an EC-135N (both outside), but no tanker. There are many examples of the KC-135s around the country as gate guards (at Dyess AFB, TX), or exhibits (like at Castle). They need one, as they do have current inventory airplanes like the B-2A, B-1B, F-117A, and others. I don't believe they have a C-141 or C-5, yet, either.

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 13834 times:
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 22):
I am disappointed the USAF museum does not have a KC-135A on display.

Agreed. I'd suggest you pick out a historically relevant airframe and suggest it to them. My educated guess is they have an airframe in mind and it just hasn't become available yet.

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 22):
They need one, as they do have current inventory airplanes like the B-2A, B-1B, F-117A, and others. I don't believe they have a C-141 or C-5, yet, either.

The B-2 & F117 they have are preproduction or flight test examples.... Quite likely they will go to another museum when a historically relevant airframe becomes available as happened with the B-1A.

On the C-141 check again... They've had one since last May.

The C-5s that were retired were stripped for parts, hardly display worthy. I'm not aware of any other available C-5s -- unlike the C-141, C-17, and C-130 no C-5 has ever had a continuing flight test role. In a number of instances the USAF Museum got test machines long before a machine with an operational history became available. The first A-10, F-15, F-4, C-135, and B-1 they had were all test machines.



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User currently offlineDc8jet From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 13812 times:

A couple of smaller museums that I thought were interesting are the Bradley Air Museum in Windsor Locks CT and the US Navy Submarine museum in New London CT. Something different is the submarine USS Albacore in Portsmouth NH as it on land.

25 Post contains images Ghostbase : The best museum of my last visit U.S. visit (AR, KS, & OK) was the Kansas Aviation Museum at the old Wichita Municipal Airport terminal, where I under
26 Venus6971 : I have been there, they have a excellent B-29 in a hanger, it needs some sheetmetal work on the lower wing because of corrosion besides that it is in
27 Propatriamori : I can't believe no one has mentioned the USS Midway... Went there last month, it has to be one of the best museums I've ever seen. You pretty much get
28 KC135TopBoom : I have heard the Midway is in great shape. As I said earlier, I was disappointed in the condition of the Lexington. I also said that Battleship Cove
29 DeltaDC9 : Remember this is out of commission for a while Awesome experience My favorite The air show cannot be beat.... Noone mentioned the Smithsonian???????
30 ZANL188 : The Air & Space Museum is not really a military museum, though they have some military exhibits. Also I didn't care for how they handled the Enola Ga
31 KevinSmith : I did.
32 Post contains links and images Keesje : I never suggested dutch food is great, it´s functional at best. Luckily we have a lot of immigrants that limit the damage by setting up taste full r
33 DeltaDC9 : Yes you did, my bad. Just a suggestion, if you are in Chicago the U-505 is fantastic, but the Museum of Science and Industry also has several warplan
34 Venus6971 : Plus the worlds greastest HO model train layout.
35 Post contains images CaptOveur : They are getting a C-141 very soon if they don't have it already... Hanoi Taxi, the C-141C painted like an A just to confuse all the European spotter
36 KC135TopBoom : LOL
37 KevinSmith : It's there now.I saw it in person in May. It was on Mail Call the other night.
38 Petertenthije : For the maritime museums I have visited and thoroughly enjoyed HMS Belfast. Maritiem museum Amsterdam (including full scale replica VOC vessel... mayb
39 Post contains links and images Dlednicer : I love every aviation museum I've visited. My list includes, in no particular order: The Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow - a little dark, but full of
40 Post contains images Dlednicer : I forgot Cole Palen's Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum
41 Post contains links BEG2IAH : There's a very good aviation museum at BEG. http://www.muzejrv.org/postavka/index.html (Everything's only in Serbian, but you'll get the idea). Link t
42 Post contains links WrenchBender : Add this one to your list:- http://secure.warplane.com/index.html Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, ON, Canada WrenchBender
43 Post contains links Sphealey : There is a privately-owned collection at Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis ( 1H0 ) that has more 1920s, 1930s, and even 1910s biplanes and monoplanes t
44 DeltaDC9 : When I was there last the still had the huge Lionel layout, O scale I believe, that was there since the 70s at least. Did that change?
45 Post contains links Venus6971 : Not to along ago that they updated it to show what has changed in the rr industry. http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/great_train_story/index.html
46 DeltaDC9 : Thanks! We did not go over there last time in town becuase I still had not seen Sue the TRex. Being a big train and Santa Fe RR fan, that is where I
47 Checksixx : Kalamazoo has a wonderful collection and of course its the only place in the world you can see an SR-71B! Check
48 KC135TopBoom : There is suppose to be a good museum in Addison, TX. I will have to go over to it, since I live in Fort Worth. Also, Dyess AFB, TX has several gate gu
49 SP90 : I recently visited the naval museum at Patriot's Point in Charleston, SC. There was the USS Yorktown (CV 10), USS Laffey (DD 724), USS Clamagore (SS 3
50 KC135TopBoom : I agree, that would make Patriots Point about the same as Battleship Cove.
51 Post contains links Braud65 : Check out the B-36 restoration pics at Pima. Some really neat pictures of one of the latest acquisitions for the museum. I was there a few years ago,
52 3DPlanes : Add another vote the the Naval Aviation museum in Pcola. Last time I was there, I was looking at the cut-away PBY they have and ended up talking for 2
53 KevinSmith : Thanks for the update!!!! I love the B-36 at WPAFB and I was very excited to hear about the res You'll love it even if it is shoulder to shoulder.
54 Post contains images Bjornstrom : Could everyone please update their posts with links to the museums and also the physical location (City / Country?) I'd be willing to put together the
55 BHMBAGLOCK : I've definitely been in the magazines on the Alabama. Seems like they were temporarily closed a while back for some restoration work though. One othe
56 KC135TopBoom : The Massachusetts is a fully open BB. Although the Battleship Cove folks have not cut through the barbetts, you can go into the magazines for all 3 1
57 Post contains links and images Ferrypilot : Australia. I am very surprised that no one has mentioned the "Australian War Memorial" in Canberra, ...and which I think surely must be one of the bes
58 Ferrypilot : France. I went to this museum near Paris about 25 years ago and I remember it had some pretty cool French flying machines that I doubt you would ever
59 Post contains links Ferrypilot : Hawaii. [Quote Wikipedia]Total Visitation: 1,556,808 (in 2005) [Quote] ...I would be included in the figure above as I went there in 2005. My opinion
60 Post contains links and images Ferrypilot : Florida. ..."Fantasy of Flight" I like this one too, ...I had a situation where I could only go there for a couple of hours, but I was able to return
61 Post contains links and images Ferrypilot : Austria. As I have referred to the Red Bull aircraft collection in the post above. Next I will tell what I think of the venue that is known as "Hangar
62 Dlednicer : Amen. The movie visitors sit through at the beginning of the visit helps set the tone and traveling out to the wreck silently in whaleboats produces
63 Post contains links Ferrypilot : ...Yes there is a photo here ... www.airnav.com/airport/NPS ...looking towards Ford Island Airfield and with Battleship Row in sight on the far side
64 Post contains links and images Ferrypilot : "The outstanding vintage military aviation venue in the World" ...in my opinion is:- Duxford Airfield near Cambridge in England. Site of the, ...Imper
65 HaveBlue : Ferrypilot, an interesting side note about that J2F "Duck" you posted a picture of... at the Ft. Lauderdale airshow (which I attended this past weeken
66 Post contains images Ferrypilot : Must be an awful lot of fun flying this machine and especially taking off and landing on water. It reminds me that for all my life, I have been dream
67 Srbmod : Been to the aforementioned museums, but in the case of the USS Yorktown and the USS Alabama, I actually got to sleep onboard those ships, as I visite
68 Post contains images DeltaGuy : Hell of a nice museum. I was there a year ago and they had just recieved a C-141 from AMARC, it was the last one to be overhauled at the facility the
69 Ferrypilot : P38 Glacier Girl is going to fly across the North Atlantic in the last week of June in order to attend the "Flying Legends Air Show on July 7th and 8
70 Wolverine : The only Museum I have seen in the US is Valiant Air Command at Titusville, FL. I liked it! They got a lot of military Aircraft on display, like a F-1
71 KC135TopBoom : Actually, that sounds like a great mesuem. But isn't U-505 also a Type VII-C submarine (it is in the US), and I believe the correct designation of th
72 ZANL188 : Great place!! I've seen Sinsheim on several occasions, probably not the best military museum, but outstanding if you're interested in the technical e
73 Wolverine : What I don't like at Sinsheim and Speyer is that a lot of things are in a bad condition. Uhh, I'm not sure, but isn't U-505 a bigger one than VII-C? I
74 ZANL188 : I noticed that about the outdoor displays - I don't recall any problems with the indoor ones though.
75 Wolverine : Ok, I just took a look here:http://www.uboat.net/types/ U-505 is Type IXC, which was build for long range Operations. VII-C was build for Atlantic Ope
76 KC135TopBoom : Thanks for the correction. U-505 was moved indoors a few years ago.
77 Post contains links JayinKitsap : www.midway.org I just went to the Midway today - First Class ship, organization, great vet guides, and awesome aircraft. They currently have TBM Aven
78 CaptOveur : The head of the Smithsonian and the head of the USAF museum are apparently joined at the hip. hence the new wing of the USAF museum is a black hole-
79 Mike89406 : Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD has a small but very cool Air Museum. They have various jets where you can see most inside of cocpits there are d
80 KC135TopBoom : Yeah...... Do you remember what those two wanted to do to the Enola Gay about 8 or 9 years ago?
81 Wingnut767 : I have been to all the above. Plus I did not see the U.S.S. Constitution on anyones list. To me it is second only to the Arizona as far as ships go.
82 KC135TopBoom : I mentioned Old Ironsides when I started this thread.
83 Ferrypilot : I believe I recall drinking lemonade from a plastic glass, which surely would not have been the case in the 1930's. Also I am inclined to think that
84 Post contains images Fairchild24 : It´s a very nice museum, interesting to read about the heroic MIG15 fighting against the f-86 and WON !! Make sure you have a lift back to town othe
85 Post contains links and images Ferrypilot : Yes I would very much like to see Vigna Di Valle. ...Especially to see those awesome Italian 1920/1930's racing seaplanes (built to win the Schneider
86 Post contains links MissedApproach : I finally got out there this summer & timed my visit with a flight day for the Lancaster. Pretty impressive! I also went down to the waterfront to th
87 Post contains links J.mo : If anyone has the time or is traveling on I-15 north of Salt Lake City, the Hill Air Force Base Museum is another real nice museum. There are a few pi
88 KC135TopBoom : Does anyone know if the repairs have been completed at the USS Alabama (BB60) Muesum in Mobil, AL yet? It took a big it from Hurricane Katrina 2 years
89 KevinSmith : Pretty sure they have. The park is open and it looks great. When ever I'd have a flight over Mobile Bay the Bama and the B-52 stuck out from way up h
90 Ferrypilot : Yesterday I went to the September Air Show at Duxford near Cambridge in England and which is the site of the Imperial War Museum Duxford and The Ameri
91 Banco : On the naval side, the historic dockyard in Portsmouth remains one of the outstanding world centres. As well as HMS Victory and Mary Rose, you have HM
92 KC135TopBoom : I agree. To bad they couldn't save at least HMS Warsprite (hope I spelled that right).
93 Post contains images Banco : Nearly. "Warspite" - though I have to say that "Warsprite" conjurs up fabulous mental images of an evil bastard little pixie popping off 15" guns at
94 KC135TopBoom : But she did serve with valor in both world wars. Vanguard (the Royal yatch?) wasn't completed until after WWII, she didn't have a combat record. She
95 Banco : Yes. But she was the last of the symbols of British naval supremacy. If not Warspite, or KGV, or Rodney, then she should have been kept.
96 Post contains links and images USAFHummer : When I was in Copenhagen this summer, I was wandering around the harbor area near the Little Mermaid statue and spotted a large naval warship as well
97 Post contains images FighterPilot : Wright Patterson Museum, I could not believe the planes that were in there! Great museum as well. Cal
98 Post contains links RC135X : These are very much worthwhile to see. If you get to Oslo (besides seeing the Viking Museum for some very early naval military vessels) check out thi
99 KevinSmith : Does anyone know if the NWA 747 exhibit is open at the Smithsonian?
100 F27Friendship : The Belgrade aeronautical museum is not very big, but it's very very nice, and you will see things you will never see anywhere else (all the indigeno
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