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Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham

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4.4/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • This little gem is off the beaten track by the airport. While not being overly large it is very good. Many interesting displays of aircraft, engines, and artifacts and even a few basic simulators. Han...  read more »
  • We always have fun when we visit the Southern Museum of Flight. We also get a membership every year and it puts you in an association that allows you to use the membership at other science museums. Gr...  read more »
  • We took a cub scout troop and the boys loved it. Very cool to be able to get close to things they usually dream about! 
  • 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😉
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