Bucket list

Roamy here. Several of my co-workers are retiring this year, and at least one plans to travel. We talked about some of the aerospace museums I had been to and would recommend. So I started thinking about the ones I have been to and trying to figure out where to go next. I’ve been to the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, both parts of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in DC, the USS Intrepid in NYC, San Diego Air and Space Museum, National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, the B-24 Museum (now Pueblo Weisbrod) in Pueblo, CO, Wright Brothers Museum at Kitty Hawk, the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, AL, the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, California Science Center in Los Angeles (meh in 1990, hope it’s better now), the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, and the Boeing plant tour in Everett, WA. And of course, I’ve been to the US Space and Rocket Center here in Huntsville more times than I can count.

That doesn’t count the other science museums that I’ve enjoyed, like the Henry Ford Museum, the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, CT, the Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN, and the Museums of Natural History in DC, NYC, Harvard and Anniston, AL. Probably a bunch more I can’t think of right now.

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Okay, I haven’t really been everywhere; there’s still plenty of places left to see. So here’s my bucket list:
• Kansas Cosmosphere
• USS Arizona Memorial
• Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
• Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, GA
• Hill Aerospace Musuem in Ogden, UT
• American Air Museum in Duxford, Great Britain

Other suggestions?

14 thoughts on “Bucket list”

  1. I would suggest the Boeing Musuem of Flight in Seattle to round out your having been to the Everett plant. It includes the “Red Barn” where it all started.

  2. For Roamy, I would add the following:
    -There is a warbird museum about ten miles from Kennedy Space Center with a bunch of decrepit junk visible from the road, but a great restored collection, and a restoration facility that, if you are nice (or have nice daughters with you) they let you walk through.
    -Patriot’s Point in Charlston S.C. with a variety of ships and aircraft, plus some ground stuff from Vietnam (and a relatively rare PBR MK I).
    -Mountain Home AFB in Idaho has a very nice static display.
    -And the aviation museum at Fort Rucker, the national museum of Infantry at Fort Benning, and the Patton museum of armor and cavalry at Fort Knox, just so you can be a well-rounded combined arms kind of person.

    For what it is worth, I went to the Hill AFB museum in July. I was pressed for time, so I didn’t go inside the museum, but the outside collection was seriously dilapidated. They have a great assortment, but most of them look exactly like you would expect an aircraft to look after sitting static for a couple of decades in the sun and no maintenance. You can zoom in on mapquest and see the collection very well, including the poor state of them! If you want to see the aircraft, great, just know you are going to see an ugly example of it, in most cases.

    1. I’ve been to the Smithsonian Paul Garber restoration facility, but it’s not open to the public any more. That was neat, though the space suits in cold storage look creepy. I’m betting Mini-me could charm her way at the one you mentioned.

      I’ve been to Patriot’s Point, but that was 1978, so that needs a revisit.

      I can’t believe I forgot the aviation museum at Ft. Rucker, considering I blogged about it back in March. Also have been to the Army Transportation Museum at Ft. Eustis.

  3. I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska so I enthusiastically recommend the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland, Ne. It was formerly the Strategic Air Command Museum or SAC Museum and was located next door to Offut Air Force Base. They shared a fence. I spent many a Saturday there as a teenager. Just Down the road is the Wildlife Safari Park.
    If you have a few days,you could also go to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, the Old Market area of Omaha and the Durham Museum (formerly the Durham Western Heritage Museum and in its past life as Union Pacific’s Union Station). If you like art deco architecture, the last one is a must as is the Joslyn Art museum.
    The zoo, Old Market and Durham Museum are in close proximity to one another. The Strategic Air and Space Museum is a favorite of my boys and I. The Omaha Zoo is world class. If you like zoo’s, I think you’ll be impressed.
    If you decide to visit Omaha, I can give you some tips on good places to eat and other places to visit. Here are some sites for more info on what I mentioned above.
    Strategic Air and Space Museum
    http://strategicairandspace.com/

    Wildlife Safari Park.
    http://www.omahazoo.com/exhibits/wildlife-safari-park/

    Omaha Zoo
    http://www.omahazoo.com/

    Old Market
    http://www.oldmarket.com/

    Durham Museum (Union Station-Omaha)
    http://durhammuseum.org/visit/info.aspx

    Joslyn Art Musem
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joslyn_Art_Museum
    http://www.joslyn.org/

    1. Thanks, Trevor. I edited a Western thriller novel some years ago that revolved around an actual train wreck that occurred on the line between Lincoln and Fairbury in 1894. If I ever go to Nebraska, I’ll have to add your stops to my itinerary.

    1. Last time I saw Midway, it was tied up at the pier on NAS North Island, still in active service.

    2. I went aboard Midway back in early July. She’s in good shape, but clearly asleep. The ship reminds me of the Courtney as far as comforts are concerned. Courtney was about 9 years younger, but built with the same attitudes.

      If you take kids with you, it can be an all day trip by itself. My wife and I are planning to go out to SD next year when I have to go out for the ACSM conference. We’ll take the two grandkids we have with us and they’ll go to places like the Zoo and beach, then I’ll take them to the Midway. With luck, a Nimitz class boat will be tied up at North Island, as one was this year, and the kids will get to make an outside comparison.

  4. Edwards AFB has a museum of sorts.
    There’s the Titan Missile Museum, associated with the Pima Air and Space in Tucson.
    Patuxent River NAS has a small museum and some unique aircraft, including prototypes of the F-34 and F-35.
    Also, the New Mexico Museum of Space in Alamorgo, NM, and a smaller space museum in Las Cruses, on the other side of the White Sands Missile Range.
    Offbeat stuff: Rachel, Nevada’s UFO displays and the International UFO museum in Roswell, NM.

  5. New England Air Museum in Hartford, CT

    http://www.neam.org/

    Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

    pamplinpark.org

    Go there….tomorrow!!!

    The Pratt Museum on Ft Campbell, KY (they have a Cheyanne helicopter!)

    The USS Constituion Museum

    http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

    EVERYONE needs to visit Old Ironsides!

    The Casement Museum in Fortress Monroe

    The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond

    Fort Sill Museum is excellent….the line of artillery is incredible.

    The Ordnance Museum which used to be at Aberdeen Proving Ground is moving here to FT Lee…there is a mile of tanks in the display when they get it set up.

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