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Aviation/transport museums you've visited/enjoyed!

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Hi!

 

 

 

Many thanks for the interesting (albeit rather anonymous) reccommendations!

 

The Kansas National Airline History Museum definitely looks like an interesting place.

 

In particular this page:

 

http://www.airlinehi...?page=simulator

 

I am not of the Lockheed Constellation era but it would definitely be a lot of fun to try this if/when they complete it!

 

Many thanks,

 

Pierre

 

Pierre i live in Kansas City and i visit the Airline History museum about once a year. They have a flying Super Constellation, a flying Martin 404, and a soon to be flying DC-3. The DC-3 was a derelict and they have restored it to mint condition with brand new engines. I have flown in the Constellation and it was quite the experience. I will go down there in a couple weeks again and take some pictures for you.

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Hi!

 

Pierre i live in Kansas City and i visit the Airline History museum about once a year. They have a flying Super Constellation, a flying Martin 404, and a soon to be flying DC-3. The DC-3 was a derelict and they have restored it to mint condition with brand new engines. I have flown in the Constellation and it was quite the experience. I will go down there in a couple weeks again and take some pictures for you.

 

Many thanks. Please only take pics if you feel like it though and it doesn't detract from the experience of the visit. I can't imagine how much work it takes to restore such aircraft to flying conditon but those engineers must be pretty talented guys!

 

Many thanks,

 

Pierre

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I'm going to have to brag here and say I have the best Wife in the world. She always surprises me with aviation stuff for me. Only if she liked Formula 1 too then she would be the best human ever, like me :P :rolleyes:

 

For my first birthday we were together for she took me to Dr. Bird's Aviation Museum. Dr. Bird invented the medical respirator and from that money he bought many airplanes and started a museum and inventors hall so much to see in the middle of no where Idaho. He also has a restoration hangar where all the airplanes are kept in a ready to fly state.

http://www.birdaviat....com/index.html

 

We've been to the Museum of Flight at Boeing. This one has just about everything possible and takes all day to see and read it all. I actually wanted to leave before my wife did.

http://www.museumofflight.org/

 

The Pacific Aviation Museum is another one we both love. See the buildings that were standing during the attack are amazing.

http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/

 

Not really a museum but a fun hike to do on Oahu is the Aiea Loop Hike which has a crashed B-24 off the cliff of the trail.

http://oahuhiking.com/aiea.htm


Chris Miller

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Hi!

 

I'm going to have to brag here and say I have the best Wife in the world. She always surprises me with aviation stuff for me. Only if she liked Formula 1 too then she would be the best human ever, like me :P :rolleyes:

 

For my first birthday we were together for she took me to Dr. Bird's Aviation Museum. Dr. Bird invented the medical respirator and from that money he bought many airplanes and started a museum and inventors hall so much to see in the middle of no where Idaho. He also has a restoration hangar where all the airplanes are kept in a ready to fly state.

http://www.birdaviat....com/index.html

 

We've been to the Museum of Flight at Boeing. This one has just about everything possible and takes all day to see and read it all. I actually wanted to leave before my wife did.

http://www.museumofflight.org/

 

The Pacific Aviation Museum is another one we both love. See the buildings that were standing during the attack are amazing.

http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/

 

Not really a museum but a fun hike to do on Oahu is the Aiea Loop Hike which has a crashed B-24 off the cliff of the trail.

http://oahuhiking.com/aiea.htm

 

Many thanks for the info and links. That Bird Aviation museum looks really cool but they are all good really. Oahu looks like a really beautiful place too.

 

You're speaking of crashed aircraft got me thinking of one I saw back in 1996 while on a trip to Paunganisu a small village on the North coast of Efate Island in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Vanuatu has lots of historical stuff from the US in World War II, mostly just lying around untouched. I found the history very interesting when I was there. Anyway here are a couple of shots of a WWII crashed plane just off the coast there. I think someone told me a short story about it. Apologies if the pilot died, I mean no disresect.

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks.

 

P.

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Yeah it is amazing all the things that are still around from WWII


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Hi!

 

Yeah it is amazing all the things that are still around from WWII

 

Yes Vanuatu was filled with US World War II stuff. I mean it wasn't everywhere but every now and then it would show up. I have a pic of a friend standing next to a gas pump in a gas station straight out of the US1950's by a white sand beach in the middle of the Pacific. Some of the guys and women who lived there would set up old empty coke bottles and other small stuff by the side of the road to buy with a small jar to put donations or money if you wanted something. And the town of Luganville in Santo was pretty much built like a US midwest town. It has a big main street and used to have a cinema and all this other stuff. Now the Americans have all left (well besides the few PeaceCorps guys there now) but the huge street and some American buildings remain.

 

Sorry if I'm getting very boring! Many thanks.

 

P.

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i recently went to the Museum of Aviation @ Robbins AFB. its the second largest AF museum behind the one in ohio.

 

 

 

They have some really nice exhibits inside; I was mostly interested in the SR71 on display.

 

Its worth a trip if you're anywhere close by; admission is free.

 

http://www.museumofaviation.org/

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Hi!

 

i recently went to the Museum of Aviation @ Robbins AFB. its the second largest AF museum behind the one in ohio.

 

They have some really nice exhibits inside; I was mostly interested in the SR71 on display.

 

Its worth a trip if you're anywhere close by; admission is free.

 

http://www.museumofaviation.org/

 

Many thanks for the link and post. it looks like a cool museum. The Sr-71 is definitely an aircraft that catures my imagination! (That and Firefox!).

 

Many thanks,

 

Pierre

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Well it seems that everyone's input so far has been from the otherside of the globe. I'd love to one day visit some of the museums overseas but so far my visits have all been at home within Australia.

 

Whilst not solely aviation based, my favourite has been the Australian War Memorial: http://www.awm.gov.au/

The variety of aircraft is fairly small but they all have a deep history and the other exhibits are also excellent.

 

RAAF Museum Point Cook: http://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum/index.htm

A nice collection of aircraft with historical importance to the RAAF. As well as flying displays of some of the old training aircraft and their P-51.

 

Australian National Aviation Museum: http://www.aarg.com.au/

A decent selection of old aircraft here, unfortunately some of them are not in the best condition as they are stored outside, but there are some nice aircraft displayed indoors.

 

And whilst not strictly museums, I've also been to the past 9 Avalon International Airshows, a trip over to Edinburgh Airbase for the ADF airshow courtesy of Defence Force Recruiting which included a personal tour inside an AP-3C Orion and a shot at flying the P-3 in the full motion sim on base.

 

I also had 2 weeks flight experience at ADF BFTS as part of my application to join the RAAF which just happened to coincide with a reunion so we had a number of ADF aircraft fly in while we were there.

 

Walking out to the flight line to jump in the trusty CT-4B (as in my pic) and seeing what I could potentially could be flying in the future (P/C-9, BAE Hawk) parked next to you was pretty awesome. I can only dream!!


-Anthony Young-

 

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci

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Hi!

 

Many thanks for the post and nice to hear a bit about aviation from a part of the World not talked about much in these forums (from what I'm aware!). In particular the Australian National Aviation museum looks definitely my kinda thing, especially liked the page about Australian made aircraft which I knew little about.

 

Good luck with the RW flying career!

 

Many thanks,

 

P.

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