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Aviation Museums and Airparks in the United States

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.

Aviation Museum Reviews

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 the museum, photographs, and maps.

Included below are highlights of our reviews, with links provided to detailed pages on each air museum.


National Museum of the United States Air Force

Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton ... click to learn more and view photographs
Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton
(staff photo)

The National Museum of the United States Air Force (formerly the United States Air Force Museum) is the official museum of the United States Air Force located at 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!

Information and photographs of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


Pima Air and Space Museum

Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona
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 air and space museums 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 the museum yourself, on your own pace. Or you can join docent-led tours, either on walking tours or tram tours.

Information and photographs of the Pima Air and Space Museum


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 the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall.

A centerpiece is the Boeing Aviation Hangar which permits visitors to see 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.

Information and photographs of the Udvar-Hazy Center


Castle Air Museum

Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California
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 museum in which faithfully restored historic airplanes could be exhibited for public enjoyment.

The museum 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. Although most of the planes on display belong to the U.S. Air Force Museum, it 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.

Information and photographs of the Castle Air Museum

Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Utah

Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill Air Force Base, near Ogden, Utah
Hill Aerospace Museum
(staff photo)

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.

The Museum exhibitsĀ more thanĀ 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.

Information and photographs of the Hill Aerospace Museum


Museum of Aviation in Warner-Robins, Georgia

Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, Warner-Robins, Georgia
Museum of Aviation
(staff photo)

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 museum 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.

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

The list of old aircraft and vintage warbirds on display is extensive, 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.

Information and photographs of the Museum of Aviation


Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington

Museum of Flight, West Plaza, Seattle, Washington at Boeing Field
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. (see map below).

Established in 1965, it is the largest private air and space museum 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!

Information and photographs of the Museum of Flight


Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Colorado

Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Pueblo, 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 and museum are 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.

Information and photographs of the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum


Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour in Seattle, Washington

Future of Flight
Future of Flight
(staff photo)

Located approximately 25 miles north of Seattle, the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. Known as the "Boeing Everett" facility, it is actually closer to the city of Mukilteo (see map below).

The Aviation Center, located at Paine Field, is where tickets for the tour are purchased, and bus loading begins.

The tour lasts about 90 minutes, and a short movie is shown before boarding the busses. There is strict adherence to rules that forbid cameras, cell phones and other electronic devices, as well as food and drink. The opportunity to see actual assembly of Boeing 747, 777 and 787 airliners is unique, and well worth the time to take the tour.

Information and photographs of the Future of Flight Aviation Center


Tillamook Air Museum in Oregon

Tillamook Air Museum in Oregon
Tillamook Air Museum in Oregon
(staff photo)

The Tillamook Air Museum is located just south of Tillamook, Oregon on U.S. Highway 101 in a historic blimp hangar. The hangar is one of two that were built on the site originally; Hangar "A" was located nearly, but was destroyed by fire in 1992.

It was constructed of wood due to rationing during the War, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

The Museum houses over 30 magnificently restored warbirds including a P-38 Lightning, F-4U Corsair, P-51 Mustang, PBY Catalina, F-14 Tomcat, C-97 Guppy, and other historic aircraft. It also features an exhibit hall with a large collection of rare historical wartime and aviation artifacts. A plan to move the museum is now underway.

Information and photographs of the Tillamook Air Museum


Global Power Museum at Barksdale AFB

Global Power Museum at Barksdale AFB
Global Power Museum at Barksdale AFB
(staff photo)

The Global Power Museum is located at Barksdale Air Force Base and is a major national repository of historic Air Force planes. It is free and open to the public, accessible via the Barksdale AFB north gate. It was formerly known as the 8th Air Force Museum.

The museum features a series of indoor exhibits and displays, and an outdoor airpark of restored, vintage planes and related equipment. The airpark also includes numerous sculptures and monuments to various groups of the Eighth Air Force.

The collection includes over 20 classic military aircraft including the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-29 Superfortress, B-52 Stratofortress, the SR-71 Blackbird and many others.

Information and photographs of the Barksdale Global Power Museum


Charles B. Hall Airpark at Tinker AFB

Charles Hall Airpark at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK
Charles Hall Airpark at Tinker AFB
(staff photo)

Military and Oklahoma City civic leaders opened the Heritage Airpark to the public in January of 2000 to showcase historic aircraft that had been a part of Tinker's operations during the previous six decades.

On June 18, 2002, the park was renamed the Charles B. Hall Airpark, in honor of Major Hall, a Tuskegee Airman and highly decorated pilot from the 99th Pursuit Squadron. During World War II, Major Hall was the first African-American pilot to down an enemy aircraft in combat.

The Airpark is free and accessible to the general public and features a B-29 Superfortress, B-52 Stratofortress, B-47 Stratojet and several other finely restored aircraft.

Information and photographs of the Airpark at Tinker AFB


Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB

Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB
Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB
(staff photo)

The Air Force Armament Museum is located at Eglin Air Force Base and is a major national repository of historic Air Force airplanes. It is free and open to the public, and near the Fort Walton Beach and Destin area.

The museum features a series of indoor exhibits and displays, and an outdoor airpark of 25 restored, vintage aircraft and related equipment.

The museum is free and accessible to the general public. It features several famous, and rare, aircraft, most of which are located in an outdoor airpark; several are located inside the building.

The facility is easily accessible from various parts of the Florida Panhandle, and is located near Fort Walton Beach and Destin.

Information and photographs of Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin AFB


Historic Aviation Memorial Museum

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum in Tyler, Texas
Historic Aviation Memorial Museum
(staff photo)

The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum (HAMM) is a large regional aviation facility at Pounds Regional Airport's old passenger terminal building in Tyler, Texas.

Its archives include tens of thousands of commercial aviation and military history items. A variety of indoor exhibits, aircraft models, military uniforms, oil paintings, a Norden bombsight, historic aviation photographs, and much more are well displayed.

Outdoors is an exhibit area of restored, historic Air Force, Navy and Marine planes. The HAMM hangar facility provides space for aircraft restoration.

Information and photographs of Historic Aviation Memorial Museum


Aviation Museums in the U.S. Listed by State

Pima Air and Space Museum Tucson
AZ
Castle Air Museum Atwater
CA
Planes of Fame Museum Chino
CA
Yanks Air Museum Chino
CA
Aerospace Museum of California McClellan (Sacramento)
CA
Palm Springs Air Museum Palm Springs
CA
Joe Davies Heritage Air Park at AF Plant 42 Palmdale
CA
March Field Air Museum Riverside
CA
Edwards Air Force Base Airparks - USAF Flight Test Museum Rosamond
CA
San Diego Air & Space Museum San Diego
CA
Pacific Coast Air Museum Santa Rosa
CA
Peterson Air & Space Museum Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs
CO
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum Denver
CO
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum Pueblo
CO
Air Mobility Command Museum Dover
DE
Air Force Armament Museum Eglin AFB, Ft. Walton
FL
National Naval Aviation Museum Pensacola
FL
Museum of Aviation Robins AFB, Warner Robins
GA
Grissom Air Museum Peru
IN
Kansas Aviation Museum Wichita
KS
Global Power Museum Barksdale AFB, Bossier City
LA
Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum - The Air Zoo Portage
MI
Yankee Air Museum Ypsilanti Township
MI
National Airline History Museum Kansas City
MO
Strategic Air and Space Museum Ashland (Omaha)
NE
National Museum of Nuclear Science and History Albuquerque
NM
Naval Station Wildwood Aviation Museum Cape May Airport
NJ
Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum Akron/Canton Airport
OH
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Dayton
OH
Charles B. Hall Airpark at Tinker AFB Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City
OK
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum McMinnville
OR
Tillamook Air Museum Tillamook
OR
South Dakota Air and Space Museum Ellsworth AFB
SD
Cavanaugh Flight Museum Addison
TX
American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum Dallas, DFW Airport
TX
Frontiers of Flight Museum Dallas, Love Field
TX
Greatest Generation Aircraft Museum Meacham Field, Fort Worth
TX
American Airpower Heritage Museum Midland
TX
Historic Aviation Memorial Museum Tyler
TX
Hill Aerospace Museum Ogden
UT
Udvar-Hazy Center Chantilly (Dulles Airport)
VA
Military Aviation Museum Virginia Beach
VA
Flying Heritage Collection Everett
WA
Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour Everett
WA
Museum of Flight Seattle
WA
McChord Air Museum Tacoma
WA

List of U.S. Air Force Museums

In addition to the museum in Dayton, the United States Air Force operates a number of excellent field museums and heritage centers. We offer detailed reviews of several of the museums, as indicated below.

  • Hill Aerospace Museum - Hill AFB, Utah
  • Museum of Aviation - Robins AFB, Ga.
  • Air Force Armament Museum - Eglin AFB, Fla.
  • Global Power Museum - Barksdale AFB, La
  • Air Force Flight Test Center Museum - Edwards AFB, Calif.
  • Air Force Space and Missile Museum - Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.
  • Air Mobility Command Museum - Dover AFB, Del.
  • Peterson Air and Space Museum - Peterson AFB, Colo.
  • South Dakota Air and Space Museum - Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
  • USAF Security Forces Museum - Lackland AFB, Texas
  • Warren ICBM and Heritage Museum - F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
  • Malmstrom Museum - Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
  • Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum - Travis AFB, Calif
  • Enlisted Heritage Hall - Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • Heritage Center - Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • Heritage Center - Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • Heritage Center - Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
  • McChord Heritage Center - McChord AFB, Wash.
  • USAF Airman Heritage Museum - Lackland AFB, Texas

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

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