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Port Townsend Aero Museum, Port Townsend

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  • The airplanes are very nicely displayed. There is information displayed about each plane. The upper level affords an excellent view of the aircraft. There are very interesting displays on the walls ab...  more »
  • We've been to Port Townsend many times, and finally went to the Aero Museum! The airplanes on exhibit are interesting, well explained. It is actually a teaching facility for your people. Most of the s...  more »
  • I can’t say enough about how great this museum is! Especially for such a small airport: the Port Townsend International Airport. The museum staff said it was “international” because sometimes the cust...  more »
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  • Immaculate building and antique collection maintained by the young pilots who volunteer and learn there. Also an incredible collection of authentic framed aviation photographs and artwork.
  • Great aircraft museum! Have a lot of old aircraft that you can practically touch.
  • I've been an airplane "nut" most of my 75 years. I earned my commercial ticket in 1969 thanks to the G.I. bill. But I made my living doing more mundane stuff, however, and feed my flying bug with visits to aviation museums, membership in EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and subscriptions to flying magazines. When the opportunity arose in 1988 to support the founding of a new aviation museum in my Oregon town, I purchased a life membership. Eventually, after retiring from my boring day job, I got involved in the museum's operation as a volunteer and as a director. I learned a lot about what it takes to make a volunteer-run non-profit thrive. The "secret" is a simple one word formula: "LOVE". After selling my Oregon home and moving to the Olympic peninsula (Sequim, WA) I paid a visit to the Port Townsend Aero Museum at Jefferson County International Airport. A friend who had been there recommended it and suggested that I'd find it "attractive". He spoke great truth. General Aviation... the private, non-commercial sector of flying, has been struggling for survival since the 1960s when some landmark product liability court cases put the Pipers, Cessnas and other light plane manufacturers into economic limbo. While the "death" of General Aviation has been so far avoided, the economic realities have priced the common man out of flying. In the late 1960s my private pilot license required an investment of about $800. Today that license will cost about $10 thousand. Without young people getting interested in flying, the future of General Aviation is bleak. PTAM was established in 2001with a unique and inspiring mission that addresses this problem beautifully. With a collection of about 30 aircraft built in the 1920s, 30 and 40s, the museum offers job skills training to teen-aged volunteers. Young applicants pledge one day per week working at the museum restoring, maintaining and learning to fly these antique aircraft. When they are not working with tools, they are attending ground school or getting one-on-one instruction. They are supervised by licensed aviation mechanics and certified flight instructors. Some of these kids are able to achieve their first solo flight before they get their WA drivers license! The aircraft collection is amazing. The quality of the restoration work exceeds anything I have seen elsewhere... and I've been to many aviation museums across the country. The pristine condition of these aircraft is even more impressive when one considers that the majority of them are regularly flown... and a few of them are exceedingly rare! The adjacent restoration facility accepts private projects at competitive rates with all profits benefiting the museum collection and educational mission. The museum receives no taxpayer support and is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity. The museum is open from 9AM till 4PM Wednesday thru Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for youth 7 to 12, and children 6 and under are free. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for special rates (call ahead). Memberships are available.