Aviation Museums and Aviation-Related Associations in the US

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Aviation Museums and Aviation-Related Associations in the US

Key Takeaways

  • Planes of Fame Museum has approximately 160 flying and static aircraft. The museum also has restoration projects, military vehicles, and pays tribute to the 475th Fighter Group.
  • Castle Air Museum's collection includes restored Korean War, World War II, and Cold War era aircraft. The collection has bombers, fighters, and tankers. Examples of aircraft in the collection include the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Republic F-105 Thunderchief, and the Lockheed C-46 Lodestar.
  • Yanks Air Museum’s aircraft collection includes ancient aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre and P-40 Warhawk.

Introduction

A comprehensive list of aviation museums and aviation-related associations in the United States has been provided in the attached spreadsheet. Selected findings have been provided below.

Selected Findings

  • “The USS Midway has more than 30 restored aircraft and helicopters.” The collections represent the Vietnam and Korean Wars, the Battle of Midway in 1942, and modern tactical aircraft.
  • "The Delaware Aviation Museum has aircraft in its collection, ranging from training aircraft to attack aircraft to the centerpiece of the collection, the B-25J Mitchell "Panchito." Other aircraft in the collection include the Aeronca L-16, UC-78 Bobcat, DH-82C Tiger Moth, DHC-1 Chipmunk, and the L-19/O-1 Birddog.
  • Fantasy of Flight has "a fleet of vintage aircraft" representing the early flight, Golden Age, Korean War, and World War II eras. Examples of aircraft in the collection include the 1913 Benoist XIV, 1938 AVRO Cadet, and 1944 Bachem Natter Viper.

Research Strategy

For this research on aviation museums and aviation-related associations, we leveraged the most reputable sources of information that were available in the public domain, such as official museum sites and the social media pages of the respective institutions. During our search, we found that some museums in the list by Air Museums had been mentioned twice, therefore, we included additional ones that were not listed in the database.

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