Aviation Museums - Photos, Experiences, Stories

Have you ever been to an aviation museum before? I know some people in IFC have, and I was wondering if they’d like to share any pictures taken in an aviation museum or their experience with a museum.

Suggestions for sharing comments:

  • Aviation museum tips
  • Pictures and/or videos
  • Something interesting you saw at the museum
  • An interesting or funny story about a museum you visited
  • Any other comments about an aviation museum you visited

Please try to avoid any discussion that’s not related to aviation museums. Thanks!

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Although I didnt make this topic or take the pictures I think it’s a really cool musem topic to take a look at

I’ll dig upthe photos from my last visit, but the Naval Aviation Museum as Naval Air Station Pensacola is my all time favorite. From the static displays, rare aircraft, and the Blue Angels practicing frequently, its an avgeeks dream

Yea that is an awesome museum. I have gone to that National Flight Academy next door and always visit both museums. Definitely one to check out if your in NAS Pensacola

I went to the Museum of Flight in Seattle and took this picture. Sorry for the quality of the picture, I took the picture with my phone.

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One time, I got to go on a special tour at the Carolinas Aviation Museum (https://www.carolinasaviation.org/).

As some of you might know, the US Airways A320 that Sully ditched in the Hudson River is in this museum.


(photo source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjR3OKxx9vdAhVEuVMKHcN9DHoQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.carolinasaviation.org%2Fexhibits%2Fus-airways-flight-1549-the-miracle-on-the-hudson%2F&psig=AOvVaw3DUGj0I8i3iZ__8FsEhkoH&ust=1538150524729220)
One of the passengers on that flight came in and told us about his experience in the accident, which was cool. We also got to sit in an inflatable life-raft similar to that on the front doors of the A320.

Another interesting thing that we did was use a Wright brothers plane simulator. It used FSX for the screen part, but the way we controlled the glider was special.
There was a wooden platform where we lay flat on our bellies, and you bank left and right by shifting your weight left and right on the board, just like in real life.
And the pitch control was a tall joystick-like wooden post to our left.
It sounds and looks really easy to fly the Wright brothers’ plane, but it’s actually quite difficult to stay long in the air (even for a flight-sim guy like me). Most of the people with me stalled out within the first five seconds after lift-off… no wonder the Wright brothers only flew for around 13 seconds in that thing.
(Fun fact: the instructor that was telling us how to do the controls told us that he’s flown for 3 whole minutes! He must’ve practiced quite a bit to get that far.)

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Got no photos but I have been to RAF Cosford Museum multiple times.

You’re lucky:)). I would love to see the actual Cactus 1549 that ditched in the Hudson.

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