It only makes sense that if you’re an aviation fan, you should visit the United States. The United States was where the Wright Brothers built the world’s first successful motor-operated airplane. There are numerous air museums in the United States. Here are the top air museums in the United States that should be on your list to visit.
The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Museum is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, my current home state. It’s home to 200+ historic airplanes as well as numerous galleries and displays dedicated to aviation which is open year-round. In the summer, EAA Museum hosts Airventure, one of the largest aviation events in the world. Pending travel guidelines in 2021, the next Airventure show is scheduled to take place July 26th-August 1st, 2021.
This museum is located in my home state of Michigan in the city of Kalamazoo. They have 100+ aircrafts and offer other attractions like a flight simulator, amusement rides, and more! They also have a Restoration Center that focuses on restoring two WWII aircrafts that were recovered from Lake Michigan. This is a great place for families looking for something to do with their kids or schools looking for field trip ideas.
I was fortunate to be able to visit the National Air and Space Museum in high school when my class took a field trip to Washington, D.C, the capital of the United States. As part of the Smithsonian Institution, The National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artefacts. In addition to hosting these artefacts, the museum also focuses on the human aspects of these artefacts and also showcases art pieces related to aviation and space. It is considered one of the most visited museums in the country.
Pearl Harbor is located in Honolulu, Hawaii, which became an official state in 1959. Before Hawaii was officially recognized as a state, Pearl Harbor served as a naval base for the United States. On December 7th, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, where a reported 2,400 Americans died and over 1,000 were injured. This not only marked one largest attack on American soil before the events of September 11th, 2001, but it marked the moment in history that the United States officially entered World War II. In addition to being a historical landmark that still shows the scars of the Pearl Harbor attack, the museum also showcases America’s involvement in WWII and its legacy afterwards.
The Air Force is one of six branches of the United States military. The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace. The museum, located in Dayton, Ohio, is considered one of the largest and oldest military aviation museums in the world. It is the keeper of American stories and goals related to the Air Force. In addition to having exhibits ranging from WWI to the Cold War, they also have restoration projects in the works to maintain aircrafts as historically and visually appealing as possible.
About the author:
Jenn Kalchik is a lifestyle blogger and digital marketer currently living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Her blog, Jenn & Tonic, highlights her take on life through lifestyle topics, book reviews, her experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and social media tips. She’s fuelled by chardonnay, cast recordings, and chocolate.