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neural_dream
08-10-2005, 10:37 AM
Ok, this is your chance to tell the world which aviation museum you like most and why.

I'll start with the RAF Museum, London (http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif cause it's the nearest to my place http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif)

ElAurens
08-10-2005, 11:01 AM
The National Museum Of The United States Air Force, at Wright Field, Dayton Ohio.

Two hours from me by car.

Simply the best. From the Wright Model B Flyer to the F22, and beyond.

And it is free.

Be sure.

p1ngu666
08-10-2005, 11:17 AM
mossie museum, the atmosphere is really good http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Nick_Toznost
08-10-2005, 11:34 AM
The Imperial War Museum, London has some interesting aircraft. A V2, a Lancaster cockpit/fuselage you can walk through*, a HE-162 hanging from the ceiling and some others that I can't remember.

*I dicovered there that a Lancaster front gunner had to sit for the whole flight with his head between the navigator's legs (er.....that's facing outwards). Design flaw, or maybe it was intentional.

p1ngu666
08-10-2005, 12:02 PM
erm, that would be teh bomb aimer, with his head between the front guners legs. but it was the bomb aimer who maned the turret http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

there was a gunner there on the dambusting raids tho http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Nick_Toznost
08-10-2005, 01:37 PM
Sure Pingu, I stand corrected, it was just a vague recollection of some information I picked up last time I was there, which must have been 10 years ago.

3.JG51_BigBear
08-10-2005, 01:51 PM
Naval air museum in Pensacola Floride. I'm sure there are better one's but this is the best one I've been to. A large collection of very well maintianed airplanes, very friendly staff that's very good at letting you see stuff up close (i.e. cockpits) if you ask nicely.

danjama
08-10-2005, 02:19 PM
Duxford is my second home! I dont just go there to look at planes, i go there to relax and reflect too(so many memories there), thats why i love it. Oh and its home to one of the best plane collections in the world! that may of swung it lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

sakai2005
08-10-2005, 04:35 PM
this is a small meusum near me it has some realy nice air worthy ww1 planes they fly.i must say when i watch them fly it takes some big berrys to get in those things.

http://www.ohtm.org/edu_col.html

neural_dream
08-10-2005, 05:28 PM
seems like a very cool museum

sakai2005
08-10-2005, 05:50 PM
the 1916 raf fe8 is my favorit too watch fly loud motor but looks like its only going 30 miles per hour from the ground.

Rurokenrox91
08-10-2005, 05:57 PM
My favorite is the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, cause they have a place full of air planes, from the wright brothers to the Red Baron, to even a real Black Bird! They have simulators and everything, and then they have a building full of wwii airplanes with some that you can go into the cockpits.

p1ngu666
08-10-2005, 06:39 PM
Originally posted by Nick_Toznost:
Sure Pingu, I stand corrected, it was just a vague recollection of some information I picked up last time I was there, which must have been 10 years ago.

np http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

b24 is similer, think that had a frontgunner all the time

Enforcer572005
08-11-2005, 12:07 AM
usaf museum followed by naval air museum in pensecola.

this was an interesting display in 1991 when I was at pensecola......photographers have it pretty tuff.....

That's the bad part about taking a chick wiht you to Pensecola.....she winds up in most of the aircraft photos.http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/Scan491.jpg

ploughman
08-11-2005, 02:55 AM
Hmm...Duxford for me. They've so much stuff even I was 'airplaned out' by the end of it. I haven't been to Hendon for over 20 years but I recollect it being pretty special too. The Yorkshire Air Museum gets a mention, it has some fine exhibits including a Victor that trundles about the place making lots of noise, and they have a good airshow at the end of August every year, although now I'm down in benighted Wiltshire I haven't been for a while.

LStarosta
08-11-2005, 10:43 AM
I have some nice stuff laying around my garage...

Paul_K
08-11-2005, 12:07 PM
Duxford. The biggest aviation museum in Europe with a huge collection of planes. The only place outside the USA that exhibits a B-52, B-29 and SR-71. Also a Lancaster, two B-17s ( one airworthy ), a B-24, U-2, A-10, F-111, F-15, F-4s, and a whole load of British and European military and civil planes. My slice of heaven on earth! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

WOLFMondo
08-11-2005, 12:26 PM
duxford for me too. all that stuff above and more. you get to see guys working on all the planes also, as well as restoring them.

neural_dream
08-11-2005, 05:21 PM
Originally posted by WOLFMondo:
duxford for me too. all that stuff above and more. you get to see guys working on all the planes also, as well as restoring them.

yes that's the best thing about duxford.

Taylortony
08-11-2005, 05:51 PM
Originally posted by Enforcer572005:
usaf museum followed by naval air museum in pensecola.

this was an interesting display in 1991 when I was at pensecola......photographers have it pretty tuff.....

That's the bad part about taking a chick wiht you to Pensecola.....she winds up in most of the aircraft photos.http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b63/Enforcer572005/Scan491.jpg


Hmmm Nice Nacelles

AWL_Spinner
08-12-2005, 06:43 AM
Definitely Duxford.

And preferably on a display weekend http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Any visiting Americans - ensure it's on your itinerary, the USAAF museum is fantastic.

JerryFodder
01-10-2007, 09:26 AM
Originally posted by Nick_Toznost:
The Imperial War Museum, London has some interesting aircraft. A V2, a Lancaster cockpit/fuselage you can walk through*, a HE-162 hanging from the ceiling and some others that I can't remember.

*I dicovered there that a Lancaster front gunner had to sit for the whole flight with his head between the navigator's legs (er.....that's facing outwards). Design flaw, or maybe it was intentional.


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Spinnetti
01-10-2007, 09:33 AM
I've been to pretty much every one mentioned except Duxford (Kzoo, WPAFB, Smithsonian(s),Pennsacola, London).. They are all very good.
I also like the Deutsches Museum in Munich.. Me262,Stuka, DO335(now at WPAFB - I've seen it both places now!) and others...

Phil_C
01-10-2007, 09:47 AM
Originally posted by ElAurens:
The National Museum Of The United States Air Force, at Wright Field, Dayton Ohio.

Two hours from me by car.

Simply the best. From the Wright Model B Flyer to the F22, and beyond.

And it is free.

Be sure.

Its still the USAF museum to me, but one thing is for sure, there isnt a museum on earth that beats this place. plus the vets and other voulenteers that work there are more than willing to go out of their way to share their storys and experiences with you.

My first visit there was in 96, and i rememember listening to this older gentleman's story about his time during WWII as a P-51 pilot..



The National Air and Space Museum is great too, and now that they have opened the U-H Center at Dulles it makes it even better.

I like the intrepid, and am looking foward to seeing its restoration and upgrade in 2008, and there are a few other local museums, The Cradle of Aviation, and the Air Power museum which are good, but small.

Oh and this isnt a museum, more of a memorial to the Grumman Employees, but its 15 minutes from my house

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Vacillator
01-10-2007, 09:48 AM
Another vote for Duxford from me. A particularly good weekend to visit is this (Flying Legends):

http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/server/show/conEvent.1303

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Corsair_Fanatic
01-10-2007, 10:35 AM
I have to pick a favorite? No way. I'll just list some of the ones I've been to:

<UL TYPE=SQUARE>
<LI> The Pima Air & Space Museum (http://www.pimaair.org/)
<LI> The New England Air Museum (http://www.neam.org/). NEAM has open cockpit days. I've gotten to sit in their XF4U-4 (http://pics.livejournal.com/laptop_mechanic/pic/0005x23e) and P-47 (http://pics.livejournal.com/laptop_mechanic/pic/0005y084) , which was awesome.
<LI> The AZ CAF wing (http://www.arizonawingcaf.com/). I got to fly their SNJ (http://pics.livejournal.com/laptop_mechanic/gallery/000012sk) . It rocked.
<LI> The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (http://secure.warplane.com/). They've got the only airworthy Lancaster in North America, and alot of other cool stuff.
[/list]

I've got a ton of pics over on my LJ gallery site.

WOLFMondo
01-10-2007, 10:36 AM
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TC_Stele
01-10-2007, 10:49 AM
I've only been to one, but I enjoy it everytime I visit the museum. Has a plethora of WW2 birds, and a few other warbirds from different eras.

Planes of Fame museum. www.planesoffame.com (http://www.planesoffame.com)<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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TgD Thunderbolt56
01-10-2007, 11:03 AM
I've been to several and picking The best is tough because of all the intangibles (i.e. available time, weather, demonstrations, etc,..)

I've never been to the Smithsonian and it's on my list of things-to-do. Nonetheless, I live close to Kermit Weeks' personal collection and museum. http://www.fantasyofflight.com It's quaint, extensive and includes such a diverse collection that it's easy to spend a day there and not really see everything. They have a tour you can take of the restoration shop and though they have 40+ aircraft you can see, they supposedly have over 100 more that are in myriad stages of restoration.

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Bo_Nidle
01-10-2007, 11:06 AM
Duxford gets my vote too. Not only a superb museum but a working warbird airfield and still pretty intact wartime airfield too.So much history.First operational Spitfire squadron, Douglas Bader and the 78th Fighter Group.

I love the place so much that the Mrs states she'll scatter my ashes there (she also added that if I don't finish the decorating it may be sooner than I think http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif)

I collect Nicolas Trudgian prints and this one is on the wall above my monitor

http://www.directart.co.uk/mall/images/nt316.jpg

If I could live there I would! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Cosford is excellent (and free!) and has its Cold War exhibit hall opening this February.

I also like "Fantasy of Flight" in Florida but it was rather smaller than I expected.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">



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TgD Thunderbolt56
01-10-2007, 11:27 AM
Hey Bo. I have a few Nic trudgian prints as well.

Advance into Europe - signed by Nic, Hub Zemke, Donald Strait, Paul Conger and Gabby Gabreski.

Normandy Fighter Sweep - signed by Nic and Johnny Johnson

I have a few other pieces though not Trudgian. I have an Ernie Boyette signed edition of Jerry Johnson's P-47 In the Mood

New Years Bash by Troy White

Collission over Buchen - a B&W by Lonnie Ortega

These are in my office so I can see them everyday.


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leitmotiv
01-10-2007, 12:55 PM
RAF Hendon for the Battle, pseudo-Blenheim (Bolingbrook), Lanc, and because it is nice and peaceful on weekdays. Duxford is wonderful because there is so much to see. I prefer to go on a winter weekday when you can talk to the people in the hangars, and have a leisurely look around. Biggleswade is friendly and a great way to get up close to the aircraft (they let me photograph the Spit V for hours, without supervision, and let me sit in the cockpit!).

th3wraith06
01-10-2007, 12:59 PM
smithsonian air and space museum near dulles, they have a space shuttle there.... oh and a f35, and a sa2, and a uh1, oh and oh so much other cool aviation stuff there. they even have a sr-71 there, and a concorde.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Phil_C
01-10-2007, 01:07 PM
would anyone be interested in seeing my stash of pics from the air n space museum?

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striker-85
01-10-2007, 01:36 PM
The Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA is pretty good. I live close by and visit a couple times a year. They have about 150 warbirds and claim to have one of the only flyable A6M5 Zeros. While they have most of the typical planes like Wildcat, Corsair, Avenger, Lighting, Mustang, Zero, Val, Betty, Spitfire, Hurricane, etc... they also have some exotic birds too like the Mitsubishi J8M1 Shusui and Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet.

http://www.planesoffame.org/menu.php

If you have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket they will even take you up in a few of the warbirds.

mungee
01-10-2007, 01:46 PM
I can thoroughly recommend the Kent Battle of Britain Museum. It is situated at Hawkinge (near Folkstone/Dover).
I spent a good few hours there in July 2001 - a fantastic collection of RAF and Luftwaffe uniforms/flying suits, weapons, combat reports, plane wrecks etc. So enjoyed it that I pressured my wife into joining me on a trip to this museum on our next trip to London in 2003(one travels by train from London to Canterbury and then you catch a local bus to Hawkinge (on the way to Folkestone, near Dover as I recall)- unforunately I had to rush this second visit (surprisingly my wife wasn't that interested in the Battle of Britain!!), but still worth a second visit!
The museum has a website http://www.kbobm.org/

Jungmann
01-10-2007, 02:02 PM
I live near Chino, and I thought that was da bomb until I went to Duxford about seven years ago. The restoration hangar. What's the word you guys like--woot?

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nyalex09
01-10-2007, 02:06 PM
Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island where I live.

It's small but it's fun and close by.

I also visited the Smithsonian in D.C. last Feb. Loved it! Any museum with a P-38 is my fav http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Can't wait to go back http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I plan on visiting Mc Gwire AFB in NJ which sports a P-38 at the entrance.

Never got a chance to visit the USS Intrepid before it's overhaul. I'll make a point of it once it's re-opened. Anyone happen to know when that will be?

striker-85
01-10-2007, 02:33 PM
I visited the China Aviation Museum in Beijing a few months ago. While they do not have as large a selection of WWII planes as others it is a big museum. There are many Chinese, Japanese, and Russian WWII planes that are not commonly seen in the US/Europe. Two of my favorites there was the Il-10 and Tu-2. Out back they had some old Il-10 wrecks you could climb in.

http://www.china.org.cn/english/kuaixun/72761.htm

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Beijing.

Phil_C
01-10-2007, 02:39 PM
Originally posted by nyalex09:
Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island where I live.
Never got a chance to visit the USS Intrepid before it's overhaul. I'll make a point of it once it's re-opened. Anyone happen to know when that will be?

The Intrepid is scheduled to return to her dock in june of 2008 but the delay in her leaving pushed it back to november or december of that year. I have pics from fleet week last year too i can upload and share lol

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Scen
01-10-2007, 02:46 PM
Originally posted by AWL_Spinner:
Definitely Duxford.

And preferably on a display weekend http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Any visiting Americans - ensure it's on your itinerary, the USAAF museum is fantastic.

I took a train trip last spring up to Duxford while visiting the UK and I can assure you it was well worth it. Weather worked out great and it's a beautiful airfield with quite a display. Got to see a MkIX rippin around and doing grass landings. Very impressive air museum. I was told the Imperial War Museum was better if I wanted to see more German aircraft. I didn't make it as I was too busy be a tourist in London.

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Blutarski2004
01-10-2007, 03:15 PM
Strictly speaking, it is not a museum. But the Smithsonian's Paul Garber restoration facility in Silver Spring MD is a fascinating place. There are 28-odd warehouses full of some of the rarest on earth. Some are already restored and in storage. Most are just sitting and awaiting their turn to be restored.

I haven't been there since the mid-80's, but I remember seeing -

The only surviving Japanese Saiun (??) sub-launched aircraft under restoration

A Nieuport 11 under restoration (you cannot imagine how SMALL that plane is until you see one close up).

A beuatifully restored Japanese Ki-109 bomber interceptor.

Entire cockpit section of a G4M series Betty.

A German Natter.

The engine from the XP-47.

A WW1 Caudron biplane bomber hanging from the ceiling.

Docent guided tours are a freeby, but require advance reservations to be made. You'll tour about six of the warehouses and get to peek into dusty windows of many others.

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VF-51-Dart
01-10-2007, 03:30 PM
Duxford is at the top of my list. Been there twice. Once for the Flying Legends show in July (absolutely a MUST SEE event!) and then again a year later in August. You walk onto the grounds there and you can't help but feel history oozing up through your feet!

RAF at Hendon is second for me. Great displays. Unfortunately, I live in the U.S. so can't get over there like I'd like to be able to. Next time I make a trip across the pond it will be timed for another Flying Legends show. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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pwengland
01-10-2007, 04:20 PM
usaf museum,Dayton,Ohio.
50+ WWII era planes. As Phil C said the vets who volunteer there are as priceless as the planes.
They have a B-29 fueselage you can go through and the last time i was there, a volunteer who was a crewmember on one told me stories for almost an hour.
And its only 45 minutes from my house!

Phil_C
01-10-2007, 06:22 PM
45 minutes? im green... i love that place.

I have been 3 times but not since 98, and each time i went i basically stayed there, open to close 3 days in a row and still missed a lot.

I think the next time i go back im going to bring not only the camera but the laptop just to DL all my images.

I think the best part about the Air Force Museum is that they keep getting more and more airplanes, and they are always adding exhibits, its never the same place twice

I have been to Duxford, but i was 13 at the time and barely remember it and even worse dont have pics.. i hope to get back there again before im dead.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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01-10-2007, 07:41 PM
US NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM in pensicola :P<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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p-11.cAce
01-10-2007, 07:45 PM
USAF Museum in Dayton http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif I live in Cinci (about an hour away) and am spoiled by it!

ElAurens
01-10-2007, 08:50 PM
I'm 2 hours north of it on I 75, P-11.c Ace. Bowling Green.

I'll be there Feb 2. to take the resto shop tour and see the Memphis Belle.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Phil_C
01-10-2007, 09:23 PM
oo take pics of the Belle for me... i was real worried that they were going to cut her up or somethin when they had to move the plane..

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Maj.Kaos
01-10-2007, 09:42 PM
Growing up far from any metropolis let alone any air museums, I longed to get to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. When I finally arrived, I was struck by how disappointed I was, simply because the airplanes are so clean, shiny, and in perfect condition, as though they were giant version of the plastic models I collected. The museum was so crowded (mostly kids who could hardly care what was in front of them, they were just having fun with each other away from school) that my personal experience with the icons of aviation history was more of an exercise to find a place where elbows wouldn't jab me.

A few weeks later I stumbled upon the Marine Corps Air Museum in Quantico, VA. I found myself alone with worn, weathered, dented, and scratched Wildcats, Hellcats, Corsairs, etc, whose placards described their veteran status as aircraft that had actually seen some combat on the remote Pacific Islands. Oil dripped from the engines, tires were worn, and I could esaily make out patches where possibly bullet holes were closed up. Out back was the forlorn sight of a used up Japanese single engine bomber in pieces on the ground, along with various well-worn and battle damaged armoured vehicles from WW2 and the Korean War, both American and Asian makes. I felt that this musuem really evoked the spirit of these war veterans. Sadly, the musuem as I saw it no longer exist. I have no idea what happened to the exhibits.

Another good museum, ala USAF Dayton, is the Hill Air Force Museum in Ogden, UT. Good outdoor exhibit. I last visited with my career USAF pilot uncle, who flew many of the museums a/c types, and told me fascinating stories of the a/c's.

A living museum is the CAF in Midland-Odessa, TX. They fly! Saw an I-16 Rata buzz around during their annual airshow. Worth the road trip!

Snodrvr
01-11-2007, 12:33 AM
I'll add my vote for the USAF Museum. They've done a great job preserving so many old planes and all types of interesting historical artifacts.

Besides, any Museum with that large of a collection that manages to continue adding and preserving without having to charge an admission fee must be doing something right.

Heliopause
01-11-2007, 01:04 AM
This one is in my neighbourhoodnice museum free entrance (http://www.militaireluchtvaartmuseum.nl/pers/start_actueel.html)

A little further away.. (http://www.aviodrome.nl/themapark/expositie/collectie-overzicht/)

I've been to Hendon Museum which is great. Also Munich Museum (Me262/163), and not a museum but worth a visit: Reno airraces!<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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JerryFodder
01-11-2007, 05:01 AM
My air museum fave is the closed one, Warbirds, Florida - I just asked if I could look at the AC in the hangers though and got a free tour.

Here's a couple from the Imperial War Museum, London

FW-190A, likely A8 or A9 because of the paddle shaped prop. (without guns). P51D behind.
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He-162 Salamander
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0074.jpg

V1 Doodlebug
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0078.jpg


Now from the Warbirds museum collection:

MiG 21 wreck
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0175.jpg


P51D "Slender, Tender and Tall"
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0176.jpg

P51D "Hell-er Bust"
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0180.jpg

P51D "Crazy Horse"
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0182.jpg

P51D Gun Loading. Regrettably I didn't get a full pic of this AC, it was called "....<something>....Beauty" - the fourth 51 in the collection
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0190.jpg

Spitfire - I think it's a IXe, note the dual rads, bubble hood and 'e' wing type of 2x 20mm hispano and 2x broning 50's. Could be a griffin model though but it looks too short, the only tale is the rudder shape? Can somebody get this marque?
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0184.jpg

P38L "Putt, Putt Maru"
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0196.jpg

Opposite of same
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0204.jpg

P-40 "Flying Tiger"
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0197.jpg


Naval T6 trainer
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0200.jpg

Airforce/Army T6 trainer. This one they'll fly you in on hire
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0202.jpg

No idea what this Czech AC is....
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0203.jpg


Enjoy

ElAurens
01-11-2007, 05:25 AM
Originally posted by Phil_C:
oo take pics of the Belle for me... i was real worried that they were going to cut her up or somethin when they had to move the plane..

i just watched that movie last night, and the night before... its a great story

Well, the Belle is in a state of near total disassembly at this point. She was in a deplorable shape when she arrived at the Museum. Her "caretakers" in the city of Memphis let her slide into a near total wreck. She had been repeatedly vandalized and left to sit out in the elements for many years. As I recall from the press release the Museum is predicting a 3 to 5 year restoration timeframe.

Still I will get pics of what there is to see.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Philipscdrw
01-11-2007, 06:06 AM
The Science Museum in London has got some interesting stuff. The Rolls-Royce Flying Bedstead VTOL testbed, the Shorts VTOL testbed, Mk1 Spitfire and Hurricane, the Vickers Vimy that Alcock and Brown flew across the Atlantic in in 1919, the Whittle E39/whatsit jet, a HS125, DC-3 front fuselage which you can walk though, a Wright flyer (replica perhaps), the Apollo 10 capsule, and the Black Arrow R4 - the only British spacecraft.

And entry is free. Britain is the only country to develop and then abandon the independent capacity to put things into orbit!<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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jazman777
01-11-2007, 08:37 AM
Seattle's Museum of Flight is OK, has a bunch of general aviation, plus a fairly new wing that has a decent, albeit standard set of WWI & WWII aircraft. Except it has a Yak 9.

stathem
01-11-2007, 09:04 AM
Duxford for me, but it's a relatively long way from home.

If like me you're stuck in the grimy north of England, the Air and Space Hall at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester has some interesting exhibits.

From memory;

A very nice FR.XIVe to represent No 613(City of Manchester Squadron)

Lots of Avros, Vickers, and Ferrantis stuff, inc

A Shackelton, a 504, the first axial flow Jet engine to run in the UK, a Mk 8 Ferranti Gyro gunsight.

I think they have an Okha, could be getting confused with Cosford, which definately has one.

It's not that big but there isn't much aviation related up here in Manchester though, so it's worth a look if you are stuck in our city.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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erco415
01-11-2007, 09:27 AM
Originally posted by JerryFodder No idea what this Czech AC is....
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y294/JerryFodder/DSCF0203.jpg

That there is a Naval Aircraft Factory N3N, a US primary trainer that operated on wheels and floats. Interesting factoid, they were built in part using leftover rigid airship materials.

Through my work, I've gotten to see most of the major (and lots of smaller) air museums in the US and my vote for best is the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. It's displays transcend the usual 'bunch of airplanes in a hangar' look, it has a very useful historical library and most importantly (to me anyway) is kid friendly and hands-on. One employee there said it best, "We'd rather recover elevators and touch up paint now and then and let the kids touch the airplanes instead of putting everything behind ropes" (I'm paraphrasing there a bit, but doesn't that kind of capture the Navy attitude?). Annnnd, if you're there at the right time of year, you get to watch the Blue Angels practice. It's free. I've been there multiple time and it's always fresh. I love Pensacola!<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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JG4_Helofly
01-11-2007, 09:34 AM
My vote goes to the Luftfahrt-Museum Laatzen:
http://www.jagdgeschwader4.de/Kasino/Ausflug/Hannover/Index.htm

JSG72
01-11-2007, 09:46 AM
It's Duxford for me. Was their not long after it was opened and was awestruck by the Fantastic. U.S. and British and Russian (There was a YAK 9 being restored) Displays both Static and Flying when they wish.

Had my first and only ever plane ride their, (DH Dragon Rapide!).
Saw Black 6 (ME 109 G2) The week before she crashed and was grounded http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Have also been to RAF Cosforth (Dinah, ME 262 ME410 KI 100). Was suffering a hangover that day and couldn't quite take it all in http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif

York is good. With the only complete Halifax.

Try to take in a Museum when I am on holidays in England normally.

I live in Scotland. A couple of miles from the Scottish Air museum at East Fortune!
Will be travelling South this Summer to the "Goodwood Festival of Speed".
Is Hendon Near? It's the one I haven't been to although have been to the IWM.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

Is it just me? or can, anyone sook the truth.