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TOP 25 AIRCRAFT/AVIATION MUSEUMS IN THE USA


The United States is blessed with hundreds of aircraft & aviation museums. Some of these museums are focused on a specific brand or type of aircraft, whereas others offer a more eclectic collection. To help you make the best of your travel time, we have put together a highly-opinionated list of what we believe to be the top 25 aircraft & aviation museums in the United States. It is not an easy task to pick 25 museums out of a pool of hundreds, so this web-page will forever be a work-in-progress as we travel & visit more aircraft & aviation museums across the USA.

This top 25 aircraft & aviation museums list is sorted alphabetically by state (and not by quality or rank).

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STATE MUSEUM NAME TOWN / CITY HOW MANY AIRCRAFT? (as of December 2015)
Alabama Southern Museum of Flight Birmingham more than 90 aircraft
Arizona Pima Air & Space Museum Tucson more than 270 aircraft
Arizona Planes of Fame Air Museum Williams more than 150 aircraft, more than 50 of which are flyable
California March Field Air Museum Riverside more than 70 aircraft
California San Diego Air & Space Museum San Diego more than 50 aircraft
Colorado Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Denver nearly 50 aircraft
Delaware Air Mobility Command Museum Dover more than 30 aircraft
Florida National Naval Aviation Museum Pensacola more than 150 aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard
Georgia National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Pooler more than 100 aircraft
Georgia Museum of Aviation Warner Robbins more than 90 aircraft
Kansas Mid-America Air Museum Liberal more than 100 aircraft
Michigan Air Zoo Portage more than 60 rare and historic airplanes & spacecraft
New York Cradle of Aviation Museum Garden City more than 75 air and space craft in 8 exhibit galleries
New York Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum New York City tour an aircraft carrier and see more than two dozen historic aircraft
New York Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Rhinebeck more than 60 antique airplanes, automobiles, and artifacts
North Carolina Carolinas Aviation Museum Charlotte more than 50 aircraft
Ohio National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Dayton more than 360 aircraft
Oregon Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum Hood River nearly 80 aircraft
Oregon Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum McMinnville more than 200 historic aircraft and exhibits on display
South Dakota South Dakota Air & Space Museum Rapid City more than 30 vintage military aircraft
Utah Hill Aerospace Museum Ogden more than 90 aircraft
Virginia Military Aviation Museum Virginia Beach more than 60 vintage airplanes
Washington Museum of Flight Seattle more than 150 aircraft in its collection
Washington, D.C. National Air & Space Museum Washington, D.C. unknown, but it holds the largest collection of historic aircraft in the world
Wisconsin EAA AirVenture Museum Oshkosh more than 200 aircraft

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Hill Aerospace Museum, Hill Air Force Base, Utah

RUNNER-UPS: MUSEUMS ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE TOP 25 LIST

Here are a list of other outstanding aircraft & aviation museums in the United States that we considered for the top 25 list above. Let us know if you think there are any other museums of this quality that we should be considering, either for this "runners-up" list or for the above top 25 list itself (email = gparsons66 @ hotmail.com).

STATE MUSEUM NAME TOWN / CITY HOW MANY AIRCRAFT? (as of December 2015)
Alabama United States Army Aviation Museum Fort Rucker more than 45 aircraft on display
California Castle Air Museum Atwater nearly 70 restored vintage military aircraft
California Palm Springs Air Museum Palm Springs more than 30 aircraft on display
Connecticut New England Air Museum Windsor Locks more than 65 aircraft
Florida Florida Air Museum at Sun 'n Fun, The Lakeland nearly 30 aircraft
Florida Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum Titusville more than 45 historic warbirds
Hawaii Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Honolulu (Oahu) more than 40 WWII-era aircraft
Kansas Combat Air Museum Topeka more than 30 military aircraft
Maine Owls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head nearly 30 aircraft
Nebraska Strategic Air & Space Museum Ashland more than 30 aircraft
New Jersey Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum Cape May more than 26 aircraft
New Mexico War Eagles Air Museum Santa Teresa more than 30 historic aircraft
New York Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Hammondsport nearly two dozen historic aircraft
Oklahoma Stafford Air & Space Museum Weatherford more than 20 aircraft
Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic Air Museum Reading nearly two dozen military aircraft plus 40 civilian aircraft
Tennessee Beechcraft Heritage Museum Tullahoma more than 25 aircraft
Texas Frontiers of Flight Museum Dallas more than 30 aircraft and space vehicles
Texas Lone Star Flight Museum Galveston more than 40 historic aircraft
Texas Silent Wings Museum Lubbock unknown
Virginia Virginia Air & Space Museum Hampton more than 30 historic aircraft
Virginia Virginia Aviation Museum Richmond more than 35 historic aircraft




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