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American Airpower Museum, Farmingdale

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The American Airpower Museum, is an aviation museum located on the former site of Republic Aviation at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, New York. It maintains a collection of aviation artifacts and an array of aircraft spanning the many years of the aircraft factory's history.The museum is one of relatively few worldwide that actually flies historic aircraft. It operates an original Republic P-47D fighter among others in its airworthy fleet.The museum has many static displays which includes a Republic F-84 first generation jet fighter, a rare example of the swept-wing RF-84F reconnaissance variant, and an Republic F-105 Thunderchief. The last production aircraft was the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II.The museum has a group of volunteers which includes both former Republic workers and veterans of all branches of the military. A flight experience is available on board a C-47 aircraft which actually flew during the Normandy invasion on D-Day.For several years the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had been pursuing a $10.6 million plan to tear down the 35000sqft hangar built around 1940 and replace it with a safety apron at the end of a north-south runway to provide more room for emergency stops. In March 2011 Democrats Charles Schumer and Steve Israel said that the FAA stated it was not necessary for the hangar to be torn down, but if it was, federal money could be used to help relocate the hangar
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  • Although I said my visit was in December the truth is , I actually go several times a year. Whether you go on just a normal visiting day or go for one of their special weekends when their amazing coll...  more »
  • We arrived shortly after opening time on a beautiful sunny fall day. We were warmly greeted, and then Jimmy volunteered to give us a guided tour. I love this sort of stuff, so I knew I would like it, ...  more »
  • We visited the museum on a beautiful Saturday and had the pleasure of enjoying the C-47 D-Day flight experience. The museum staff was incredibly welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable about all of the...  more »
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  • This museum is a great way to show our local aviation heritage to all ages and see vintage planes fly!
  • Good for what it is, I wish it was more. Volunteers working that day were less than knowledgeable and not too bright. A little sad
  • With just a bit more funding this place would be 5 stars. For its size, one of the coolest places on LI. Hidden gem. Great history. Good for kids.
  • The volunteers are the best! I love hearing them share their personal stories.
  • Amazing. I have been here countless times and being the only history buff in my family (living in us) they get pretty annoyed when I say we should go there, but they always have a good time. It is overall my third favorite muesamn and my first in the USA. It is overall amazing