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Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:31 am

Compiling a list of aviation museums and sites of historical aviation interest in the USA for a major project. Wonder if any of you would care to add to the list. The geographical subgroups I have used would be helpful.

NORTHWEST
Boeing Field / Museum Of Flight
Everett (inc factory tour)
Paine Field (inc factory tour)
McMinnville Evergreen museum

SOUTHWEST
boneyards in Tucson, Victorville, Kingman
Pima Air Museum Tucson
AMARG tour Tucson
LA Science museum (UAL DC-8, shuttle Discovery)
Douglas factory Long Beach
Santa Monica airport (birthplace of Douglas and museum)

SOUTHEAST
Dinner Key (birthplace of Pan Am)
Stallion 51 Kissimmee (Mustang flights)
Pan Am Flight Academy Miami (flight sim rides and Pan Am Aware store)

NORTHEAST
USS Intrepid + scene of US 1549 ditching
JFK (Pan Am and TWA terminals)
LGA (Marine terminal)
Smithsonian Air & Space museum Washington
Smithsonian Air & Space Udzar-Hazy annex Dulles

Anything else you can think of (isn't there a big museum / static display in Dayton?), would really appreciate it. Will be a useful list for all. Thanks.
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:34 am

Cradle of Aviation at Farmingdale Republic Airport FRG
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:23 am

Wright Patterson AFB Museum, Dayton, OH

A smaller attraction: Tinker AFB Museum, Oklahoma City

Edited to add: Frontiers of Flight Museum, DAL airport, Dallas, TX.
C.R Smith Museum, Ft Worth, TX (located just south of dfw) - AA History

[Edited 2012-12-23 18:29:08]
 
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Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:36 am

 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:53 am

Northwest: The Everett and Paine Field references show a factory tour for each which is a bit confusing. There's just one factory tour of the Boeing Everett plant adjacent to Paine Field in Everett. Also at Paine Field is the "Future of Flight" building which houses some aviation exhibits along with being the starting point for the factory tours (the factory is a bus ride across Paine Field.)

Also at Paine Field and worth mentioning is The Flying Heritage Collection http://www.flyingheritage.com which is open to the public.

From their website:
"The planes within the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time when aeronautical discovery had evolved to aviation mastery. Finely crafted by distinguished design bureaus with leading technologies of the 1930s and 1940s, the main emphasis of the collection includes combat aircraft from World War II.

Examples include U.S., British, German, Russian and Japanese types, which were often pitted against each other in great air battles. These rare survivors were researched, hunted down and sometimes recovered from former battlegrounds and airfields. While a few specimens were rebuilt by previous owners, the majority on display have received restoration of the highest authenticity.

In 1998, Paul G. Allen began acquiring and preserving these iconic warriors and workhorses, many of which are the last of their kind. Allen's passion for aviation and history, and his awareness of the increasing rarity of original WWII aircraft, motivated him to restore these artifacts to the highest standard of authenticity and share them with the public.

While the education they provide is significant, we hope you take special pleasure in knowing that these historic aircraft are not meant simply for display in a static museum environment. As part of the Flying Heritage Collection, their destiny is to return once more to the sky, where they were always meant to be.

The Flying Heritage Collection is operated by Friends of Flying Heritage, a 501 (c)(3) organization committed to educating the public about these rare, historic aircraft."
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:58 am

Midwest:

National Airline History Museum (originally Save-A-Connie) - Kansas City
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:59 am

Hiller Aviation Museum, San Mateo, CA. About halfway between San Francisco and San Jose and within walking distance of the Caltrain, it has a variety of smaller planes and exhibits, with the most interesting feature being the nose of a former BA 747-100, painted in Flying Tiger colors and outfitted with old-style UA first class seats. Cockpit section & galleys are intact, too. Definitely a diamond in the rough.

If you go, there's an aviation themed Burger King next door that was pretty unique.

Quoting txjim (Reply 2):
Wright Patterson AFB Museum, Dayton, OH


To add more detail, this is the Museum of the United States Air Force. You like military aviation (foreign and American)? This is the place to go.

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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:00 am

A few of my favorites

Hill AFB Museum, Ogden, Utah
http://www.hill.af.mil/library/museum/

Castle Air Museum, Atwater, CA
http://www.castleairmuseum.org/

San Diego Air & Space Museum
http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/

Here is a list of North American air museums
http://www.aerofiles.com/museums.html
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:15 am

Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa, Idaho

http://www.warhawkairmuseum.org/
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:16 am

Houston, Tx

http://www.1940airterminal.org/

Galveston (moving to EFD later in the year)

http://www.lsfm.org/

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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:16 am

I would like to throw in the Carolinas Aviation Museum in CLT. The Miracle on the Hudson A320 is there as well as a restored Piedmont DC-3 and others. They recently built a new building to house the museum recently and is quite nice!

http://www.carolinasaviation.org/
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:19 am

In Charlotte you have the Carolina's Aviation Museum. There is a Piedmont DC-3, Eastern DC-7, and the US1549 aircraft, along with some military aircraft.

http://www.carolinasaviation.org/
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:21 am

There is a tiny one at HGR

http://www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org/
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:41 am

What about the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, WI?

http://www.airventuremuseum.org
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:43 am

I'd definitely list the Strategic Air and Space Museum on I-80 west of Omaha. They have a B-36!, and a B17, a B29, a B47, a B52 and much more!
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:51 am

In the Northwest:

Tillamook Air Museum (Tillamook, Oregon):

http://www.tillamookair.com/
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:05 am

Quoting cedarjet (Thread starter):
SOUTHWEST
boneyards in Tucson, Victorville, Kingman
Pima Air Museum Tucson
AMARG tour Tucson
LA Science museum (UAL DC-8, shuttle Discovery)
Douglas factory Long Beach
Santa Monica airport (birthplace of Douglas and museum)

I'd add the FlightPath--flightpath.us--to that list. On the tarmac at LAX and great exhibits including a DC-3.
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:27 am

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 1):
Cradle of Aviation at Farmingdale Republic Airport FRG

I think you're confused with the American air power museum at FRG. The Cradle of Aviation museum sits on what once was Mitchel Field in Garden City. Definitely a great aviation museum.

http://www.cradleofaviation.org/index.html
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:03 pm

A few more. In So Cal at Chino Airport - Yankee Air Muesum, and Planes of Fame. In Georiga - The Muesum of Aviation at Warner Robbins, and the Delta Muesum at Atlanta. In Detroit MI, The Henry Ford Museum. In Florida - Fantasy of Flight. In Hawaii - The Pacific Air Museum on ford Island, and in Dothan AL - United States Army Aviation Muesum.
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:10 pm

If you are in the North Texas, East Texas and Northwest Louisiana areas, you might visit ...

Cavanaugh Flight Museum at the Addison Airport in Dallas Metroplex - http://www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com/

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler Texas - http://www.tylertexasonline.com/tyler-pounds-airport.htm#hamm

8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale AFB in Bossier City, Louisiana - http://www.8afmuseum.com/

Some of my other favorite air museums I have listed at ... http://www.planesofthepast.com/aircraft-museums.htm
 
 
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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:46 am

Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington. Havent een there, but am planning to.

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RE: Aviation Museums + Sites Of Interest In USA

Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:18 am

Planes of Fame in Valle AZ (jusr south of Grand Canyon)

Main site is Chino CA

http://planesoffame.org/
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