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.OverviewNotable 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 from Nautilus Productions, documented the recovery for the Mega Movers series on the History Channel.Featured on display is a diorama exhibit honoring Alabama’s famed Tuskegee Airmen, as well as the Korean War Jets Exhibit and Vietnam War Helicopters Exhibit.
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  • My 12 year-old son loves everything aviation and we visited here while staying in town with family. I also had my 9 year-old daughter along, who admittedly is never as excited about these places as he...  more »
  • I have visited this museum on 2 occasions and each time I have found all info and exhibits to be interesting. Since I am a Banks High School graduate, I especially enjoyed seeing the restored jet whic...  more »
  • I guess if someone had never been to another aviation museum/display this one would seem quite impressive. However, I have been to many aviation museums so this one is average at best when compared to...  more »
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  • We decided to take a little trip to the museum on a whim. My hubby two kids and I thoroughly enjoyed this place. It was very informative and the displays were very well kept. My son loved all the cool planes and choppers. He was in heaven! We loved the videos and information that was attached to the artifacts. Very nice experience
  • Small but filled with enough to impress even finicky teenagers. Very nice place loved the exhibits. Staff was very friendly, place is well kept. We enjoyed our visit very much.
  • About two months ago, I accompanied my son to this museum. His school, Gardendale Elementary school, was on a field trip. This place is one of many gems in Alabama. Being that I'm not a native, it was very exciting for me & my son to discover the rich history that Alabama has contributed to our nation.
  • Interesting place. Lots of military history. They are moving to get more room for exhibits.
  • This is a great little museum for Birmingham. The design and style is a bit outdated, but they are building a new facility. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the museum is kid friendly.
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