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Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham

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The Southern Museum of Flight is a civilian aviation museum Birmingham, Alabama USA. The facility features nearly 100 aircraft, as well as engines, models, artifacts, photographs, and paintings. In addition, the Southern Museum of Flight is home to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame, which presents Alabama Aviation History through collective biography.Notable aircraft on display include a Wright Flyer, Curtis Pusher, Fokker D-VII, Alexander Eaglerock, F-4 Phantom, F-86 Sabre, AH-1 Cobra, Soviet-built MiGs, Mi-24 Hind, A-12 Blackbird spy plane, the “Lake Murray” B-25, and an array of experimental aircraft. The Lake Murray B-25C Mitchell bomber crashed in South Carolina during a 1943 training exercise. The right engine was torn off during the crash but the crew was able to escape unharmed before she sank to a depth of 150 feet (46m). The aircraft became a dive site for local technical divers until she was raised from the depths of the lake in September 2005. Dr. Bob Seigler who spearheaded the project, John Hodge and Dr. Bill Vartorella, formed the Lake Murray B-25 Rescue Project to salvage the aircraft from the bottom of Lake Murray. After recovery the remains of the aircraft were moved to the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama for conservation and museum display. A video crew, including maritime video experts Nautilus Productions Rick Allen (2nd camera & underwater camera) and Ric Hase (sound), documented the recovery for the Mega Movers series on the History Channel.
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  • We visited this museum just to see historic airplanes and learn of the history of aviation as it relates to this area. It's great in that it's big enough, yet not too big. Enjoyed it thoroughly. There...  more »
  • Learned more about Tuskegee airman then any other museums we have traveled to. Nice exhibition on the North Korea who brought the MiG 15 to the Americans. Never had heard the entire story. Nice collec...  more »
  • Tons of beautiful vintage aircraft in this building. The staff is also very knowledgeable about everything inside. A play center is available for the little ones along with a flight simulator rooms.  more »
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  • Great place! Awesome aircraft to look at! The place is kept clean and very well maintained and updated. They also have a room set up as a play area for kids! My children were very entertained!
  • Was looking for something to do on a rainy day, with my 16 year old son, while visiting my hometown. I found this place on google maps using the search "fun things to do near me" keywords. We had a wonderful time. The set up from military, wars, to general aviation was very well done. We were impressed. I would suggest this place to anyone of all ages and even if you don't have ties to the military (such as active duty or family in military) They have detailed descriptions of each plane or helo. They also have a few sims that you can sit in and fly. I got stuck in one and my son kept saying "come on mom, let's go see something else!" I was having fun. The staff was helpful and very friendly. My son is in Rotc and he said he had a good time. So I would go on his having a good time as a good recommendation by itself. Check out their website for the camps they have and field trips for schools. They looked worth it as well.
  • Great selection of planes! A lot of history is incorporated in the displays. The museum offers evolution of plane models, military planes, plane engines, naval ship models, and various other artifacts.
  • Great historicall and informative field trip. The kids grades 5-8 loved it!
  • Lots of cool exhibits, planes and flight simulators. Impressive collection of history here. Great little family trip!

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