Southern Museum of Flight

An A-12 reconnaissance aircraft on the grounds
Photo by: Civilentiger, Creative Commons

As far as history has known, mankind has always been fascinated with flight. Since its invention in the early 20th century, aviation has never stopped to seize the imagination of people from all over the world. Through time, different exploits and feats have been made in the field of flight and with the advancement in technology man has made his dream easier to reach. With all this history surrounding the wonderful subject of aviation it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are premises dedicated solely to the safeguarding of the different artifacts culled through time.

The Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama is a structure built in memory of the different feats in aviation throughout the years. Strategically located three blocks away from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, the facility is brimming with different aircrafts and flight memorabilia spanning a length of eight decades in the history of flight. The complex is divided into different facilities each catering to a specific area of aviation ensuring that the public is treated to a showcase that is meant not only to enrich their appreciation of aviation, but also provide them with education.

The facilities include an early aviation hall where the history of flight is presented through a number of displays and exhibits, an experimental aircraft hall which features the advancement of technology as it applies to aircrafts both for military and civilian use, and the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame which features different personalities that have made a mark in the history of flying. Noted personalities on display here are Amelia Earhart and the Red Baron.

Crowd drawers are the outdoor exhibit featuring 26 different aircrafts with interesting stories behind them as well as a flight simulation area where people can try out the feel of military aircrafts, antique planes, and other popular models.

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