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What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by Boogergoblins_ » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:52 pm

What Aviation Museums have you visited, and Have you ever been to or toured a factory that produces aircraft?
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by Maroon 5 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:00 am

Ummm... no. With the current state of YSFHQ and the number of active members, there's a very small chance anyone here has toured an aircraft factory. Would love to, though.
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by Boogergoblins_ » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:02 am

Well if anyone has, I am one of them.
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by Maroon 5 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:05 am

Tell us about it. Would love to know Boeing? Airbus? Cessna?
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by Cobalt09 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:49 am

Well, I've been to the Aviat Aircraft factory. Was really cool. They make the A-1A/B/C "Husky", a bushplane, and also the S-2C Pitts aerobatic plane. Was just awesome to see how they hand-made the aircraft, and even got to bring home some of the fabric they use for the skin of the planes. Only way to cut it is with a very sharp knife, no way you could tear it!
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by Gennaro » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:07 pm

I've been to the Indonesian Aerospace factory in Bandung when i was in the 6th grade as part of a school field trip , They make planes like the CN-235 Transport and Maritime Patrol Aircraft , the N-250 , NC-212 , the licensed CN-295 , UH-1 , NAS332 Super Puma and they also usually do repairs on other aircraft like the Hawk , C-130 , 737 , F-16 , Bo-105 , etc. Its not as huge as Boeing , Airbus or Lockheed , but for a lot of people in my country making an aircraft on our own is already an achievement.
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by decaff_42 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:47 pm

A long time ago, I went to Boeing's Seattle plant where they make 747s and Daum is that building big. They were making either 6 or 12 (can't remember) 747s at the same time.

I also worked at a GE plant where they made parts for T700/CT700 and GENX engines.
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by Owl » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:50 pm

Yup, I went for my Q400 type rating to FlightSafety Canada, which was next door to Bombardier's Downsview factory. My group extensively toured cafeteria there and once they even let us to meet our future steed on the assembly line - they were in the phase of attaching wings to fuselage.

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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by decaff_42 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:58 pm

I toured the Seatle Boeing plant, and got to see 6 747-400s in various stages of construction in the same building...The building is freaking huge...

I was eight at the time, and was just tall enough to be allowed into the tour.
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by Flake » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:45 pm

Not a PRODUCTION company, but I have toured BAE aerosystems here near williamtown, where they do the more extensive maintenence on the F/A-18A, Hawk 127, 737 Wedgetail, Pilatus PC-9/A....

Got to see a lot: maintence area, weapons, electronics, life saving devices. Good place.
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Re: Have you ever toured/been to an Aircraft Production Fact

Post by Boogergoblins_ » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:24 am

Maroon 5 wrote:Tell us about it. Would love to know Boeing? Airbus? Cessna?
Back in 2011 or 2012 (I dont remember) I got to tour Boeing's new South Carolina plant. The only reason I even got such an opportunity was because my father is an engineer for Boeing, and it was "Family Day" at the plant. Also, I dont really consider it an aircraft production plant, or museum, but a while ago, I got to tour all of the Kennedy Space Center, and even got to see Discovery on the pad (we were as close as you could get without entering the fence that surrounds the actual pad). It was actually really cool, we even go to go into the VAB, and that place was MASSIVE! It was HUGE! Again, this was only because my dad was an Engineer for USA (a NASA contractor owned by both Lockheed and Boeing).

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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by Owl » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:12 am

Museums? Not much

Canadian Warplane Heritage, Hamilton, Ontario - recommended visit is during winter season, when planes pounding the airshow circuit are on static display.
Deutsches Museum, Munich together with its aviation overflow Flugwerft Oberschleissheim, you can get quite an overdose of aviation there. It has Komet, Schwalbe, Marut, Helwan 300 and whole bunch of German 1960ies VTOL projects.
Aviation museum at airport Graz, where highlight is JA37.
Museum at Zeltweg airbase, Austria. Lots of Drakens around, some with carefully peeled off skin, so those who like cutaway drawings can enjoy seeing the real thing.

Four years ago I visited -now sadly defunct- Toronto aviation museum:

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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by iqmal_97 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:50 am

I just went to the Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum last year during our family vacation. It was awesome. The fact that I'm one of the only kids....ahem..teenagers in my district to ever touch a real P-51 Mustang, Spitfire and Mosquito cockpit was a milestone for me. Definitely a time I cherished the most.
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Oh, and the fact that the staff there are friendly and being able to talk to a real life veteran pilot was awesome too. Kiwis are so friendly. :)

Also worth noting that I've found a Canberra and a Tiger schemed Polish MiG-21 too during our cross country trip.
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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by Boogergoblins_ » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:03 am

Damn, and from what I see in your photos it indoors too. You are very lucky sir.
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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by iqmal_97 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:36 am

Well, it was. But unfortunately, we arrived 25 minutes from closing time. But the staff were able to pick up my enthusiasm and they decided to close late. Love them <3
Not to mention,I managed to get 5 minutes on this...
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It was pretty cool. The cockpit was made from a real Mossie, with a big screen in front of you. The joystick, throttle and rudder pedals do function as they are. I sunk 3 battleships plus 4 transport vessels b4 time ran out.
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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by Taskforce 58 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:21 pm

I've been to:

Canada Aviation & Space Museum in Ottawa
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton
Canada Aerospace Museum in Toronto - the one Owl posted a picture (Hi Owl, long time no see!)
North Atlantic Aviation Museum in Gander, Newfoundland - not a large one, only a few aircraft including a Lockheed Hudson and a CF-101 Voodoo!
RAF Museum outside of London
Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton
National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC
Kennedy Space Center's visitor center - more about space than aviation
Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing - not a purely aviation museum, but lots of aircraft exhibits, including the wreckage of a Taiwanese U-2 shot down over mainland China!

Factory - I've toured the Bombardier facility in Montreal as part of my ATC class. They build Challengers and Global Expresses there.
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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by Boogergoblins_ » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:54 am

Wow. That is all I can say.
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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by Scarecrow » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:34 am

- National Museum of Naval Aviation (several, several, several times) in NAS Pensacola, FL.
- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (several times) in Dayton, OH.
- Chanute AFB Air Museum in Rantoul, OH. Flew a C172 up and visited this one - quite interesting.
- USS Alabama Battleship Museum in Mobile, AL. Had a huge hangar full of interesting airplanes, to include the A-12, A-4, and even a YF-17. It got hit by a hurricane years ago and got quite screwed up - but they've since rebuilt. I am going to visit them again this July.
- USAF Armament Museum at Eglin AFB (Niceville), FL.
- Boeing Prologue Room in St. Louis, MO. Not really a "museum" but many large models (some 1/3 scale, 1/7, etc) and displays of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas products.

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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by jackwhite252 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:45 am

I've been to 2, Since I live 2 hours from Kitty Hawk, NC of course I've been to the Wright Brothers Memorial and airport, also you can walk the flight path of the Wright Flyer. My next museum was my favorite, the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, NC where the "Miracle On The Hudson" aircraft flown by Chesley Sullenberger is based, the full body, minus the wings of course... The plane was sent here as its home since 85% of the passengers on US1549 were from Charlotte

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Re: What Aviation Museums Have you been To?

Post by Hawks » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:24 am

Returning from vacation in Ireland last summer I took advantage of an overnight stay in Ramsgate, Kent to visit the Hawker/Spitfire Memorial. It´s a great place to be since they collect every snippet of history that might give you a clue what the battle of britain was all about. Not only for airforce personel but the civilian side, too. There are even tables regarding german pilots shot down over the canal and what they did before the war..... excellent and well worth the visit. IIRC admisson is free but there are huge donation boxes and I gave a fair share to help fill them so should you if you ever go there.

This summer I plan on visiting Meier Motors but I can´t decide if this is a factory or a museum....I am very much looking for it!
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