Nov 19, 2015 - Wanderlust    No Comments

Carolinas Aviation Museum

What is the one thing I love almost more than anything else in the world?  If you happened to  guess airplanes, you’d be right. And what did I discover not too long ago?  We have an aviation museum right here in the Carolinas.  Charlotte, to be exact. I mean we should, being the birthplace of aviation, home of the first flight, ect, but you never hear about it.  The Smithsonian in Washington DC…yep, everyone knows about it.  Museum of Flight in Seattle, it’s pretty popular too, but the one in Charlotte, even I’d never heard about it.

I love planes.  I love flying.  It was at one time my dream to become an Air Force pilot and astronaut.  Fortunately, I did not pursue the astronaut path.  I’d still like to be able to get my private pilot’s license one day though, and I’d love to own a small plane. Any trip to Washington DC sees me spending at least an entire day at the Air and Space Museum so imagine my surprise when I found out there was a local museum dedicated to flight. The Carolinas Aviation museum is a small museum dedicated to flight activities in the Carolinas.  It has a lot of military planes, and quite a few US Air planes [including Piedmont Air which they bought out around 1990].

the requisite Wright flyer

the requisite Wright flyer

The museum is located on the grounds of Charlotte-Douglas International [who knew airports could be so much fun]. The museum’s claim to fame is the USAir flight that is now known as the Miracle on the Hudson.  The actual plane is there along with a ton of info about the plane. Unless you are in to planes and military history, you probably won’t find this museum as interesting as I did, but for me, it was a fun little side trip in exploring Charlotte, North Carolina.

peidmont airlines 2

CAM fighter

Military planes USAF and USN

Military planes
USAF, USMC, and USN

the Miracle on the Hudson plane USAir flight 1549

the Miracle on the Hudson plane USAir flight 1549

 

1549's kryptonite

1549’s kryptonite

 

I have a thing for bi-planes.

I have a thing for bi-planes.

 

I'd love to know what all the switches and buttons do.

I’d love to know what all the switches and buttons do.

 

more switches and buttons...at least this one has room for a co-pilot

more switches and buttons…at least this one has room for a co-pilot

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