When thinking about the men and women who died while in the military service on Memorial Day, don’t forget about the aviators that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Here are some museums worth checking out. Some may or may not be open on the actual holiday, but are worth seeing any other day of the year as well.
Historic Aviation Memorial Museum – Tyler, Texas “The mission of the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum is to pay tribute to the pioneers of flight and the patriots who were instrumental in the advancement of aviation during the 20th Century. This mission will be accomplished through the collection, preservation, and display of aviation memorabilia and aircraft for the education and benefit of the public. The museum will honor the millions of patriotic men and women who have distinguished themselves in aviation in all branches of the military as well as civilian aviation. The museum will also salute the vast technological achievements that have made American air power the most formidable on earth. In less than 100 years, air and space power have changed the face of the world.”
National Naval Aviation Museum – Pensacola, Florida “Naval Aviation transcends both time and space, from wood and fabric biplanes to the frontiers of outer space. The Museum captures Naval Aviation’s heritage and brings its story of challenge, ingenuity and courage to you.
The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s nearly 300,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.”
Warhawk Air Museum – Nampa, Idaho “The Warhawk Air Museum is a not for profit organization funded entirely by individual donations and private foundations. The mission of the museum is to teach and preserve World War II history from the home front to the war front and aviation history from the advent of flight through the space age. The Warhawk Air Museum encourages an educational experience about the technology, culture, and social changes that have occurred in North America since World War II.” – I’ve been to this museum, if you’re in the Boise area, it’s worth stopping by and visiting.