Are you looking for the perfect way to spend your summer vacation? Plan a trip to one of the country’s many aviation museums, where aviation and history buffs alike can enjoy exploring unique aircraft and learning about the rich history of flying. Read on to learn more about three great aviation museums to visit this summer.
One of America’s oldest aviation museums, the US Air Force Museum is home to over 360 different historic and rare aircraft, including the Bell X-1, a B-29 Superfortress, and the only surviving North American XB-70 Valkyrie. Located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, the museum is visited by over 1 million people each year. Best of all, admission is free!
The most visited museum in the world is also home to an impressive display of aircraft and spacecraft. The National Air and Space Museum, located in Washington, D.C., houses legendary aircraft such as the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, and the Space Shuttle Discovery.
The Pima Air & Space Museum is the largest non-government-funded aviation museum in America. Located in Tucson, Arizona, the Pima museum features over 300 unique aircraft, with many displayed in outdoor hangars. The museum is near the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, home to an enormous aircraft boneyard known as the “Graveyard of Planes,” which museum visitors may tour.