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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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  • I've lived in Birmingham all my life and only recently visited (as an adult) and really loved it. Great exhibit on the Tuskegee Airmen and exhibits on flight in Birmingham and in general. Simulators f...  more »
  • We found in this Museum one rainy day. It's pretty well done. See but nothing more.
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  • Surprised I have never visited here before. Wasn't aware of its existence. Son is an airplane buff and he loved it. Nice size museum, with numerous planes and helicopters. Good videos about Vietnam wa...  more »
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  • Lots of interesting planes and helicopters. Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame is also here. They are currently in a pretty sketchy neighborhood, but will be moving near Barber Motorsports Park.
  • Excellent history here! A lot of work has gone into reconstructing the past. Very much enjoyed the Russian helicopter in the right wing of the museum, and it's magnificent cold war past. Worth a visit at any age. Kids are free.
  • I am a pilot and this is a gem in the area without a doubt. I never been to a greater aviation museum that allows the visitor to be so close to the static displays. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting inside several cockpits as well. Although the area may seem run down, the museum is extremely personal and up close. After the visit, I highly recommend driving by the airport because there are additional static displays of both civil and military aircraft including an SR71!! They were nice enough to allow me to have lunch with them and all the volunteers during my visit. They are like a family. This was also around Christmas time as well. I had the honor of meeting several retired and active pilots including the b-29 pilot of the CAF FIFI.
  • Very nice to see some history and interesting aircraft.
  • Awesome place😉