In November’s National Aviation History Month, it is a time to celebrate just how far we’ve come in aviation, and it is a wonderful chance to explore some of the exciting aviation museums that feature the amazing progress that has been made.
Following are just a few examples of the fascinating museums you can visit in different areas of the United States:
Smithsonian Institution: One Museum, Two Locations:
National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC AND
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
Admission is free and no tickets are required. Exciting exhibits feature the most significant objects in aviation and space history and improvements in technology that revolutionized air travel. With approximately 7.5 million visitors in 2016, it was the world’s third most visited museum.
Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum, Portage, Michigan
There are fascinating interactive exhibits, more than 100 historic and rare spacecraft and airplanes, indoor amusement park rides including a Ferris wheel, science activities and classes, 3D full-motion flight simulators, and summer camps.
San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego, California
This has one of the largest collections of air-space related literature in the United States and also features a collection of preserved aircraft that includes reproductions of the 1901 and 1902 Wright Gliders developed by the Wright Brothers, aviation technology throughout history and into the future, a 3D/4D theater where a Virtual Time Machine takes you on a journey through virtual history and Fly Me to the Moon is an adventure to outer space, and more.
Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona
This is home to close to 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres on a 127-acre campus and the remainder in one of the four display hangars. It is one of the world’s largest non-government funded aerospace museums and also has the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. In addition, there is a restoration hangar and a mock-up of a control tower. The museum is adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, also known as the “The Boneyard” and the “Graveyard of Planes,” is the largest aircraft preservation and storage facility in the world.
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida
This is the largest naval aviation museum in the world and is one of Florida’s most-visited museums. Discover over 150 restored one-of-a-kind and historic aircraft representing Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard aviation. They are displayed throughout its 37 acres and inside in nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space.