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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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TripAdvisor
  • An enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. We lucked out and had a nice chat with one of the men who work on the planes (actually, he might be a department of one!) he gave us some interesting infor...  more »
  • I love stopping here and seeing the aviation history. There is a good assortment of aircraft and tons of information.  more »
  • A great choice for an afternoon stroll and a good place to learn about airplanes. Simulators and a Hall of fame with some historic value.  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!
  • Lots of cool exhibits, planes and flight simulators. Impressive collection of history here. Great little family trip!
  • This was a cool museum with lots of great history. It looks small from the outside, and while it's not a huge place, it feels much larger on the inside. They have a ton of planes and memorabilia. Lots to learn for kids, adults, and families.
  • Wonderful museum! Brings aviation history to life! Wright Bros., Lindbergh, Tuskegee Airmen, Korea, Vietnam, Women in Aviation, Flight Camps, Scouts, Parties and Events and more! Super-friendly staff!
  • One of those underappreciated gems that you're so happy you went to. Nice selection of planes and stories focusing on Southern Aviation.