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Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

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Address: 5765 West Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59808
Phone Number: +1 406-329-4934
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Excellent tour and extremely interesting

When we went there we were the only ones, so we got a private tour which was extremely interesting, able to ask a lot of questions and learned so much. It was a holiday, so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Sierra Vista
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Sierra Vista
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121 reviews 121 reviews
31 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

When we went there we were the only ones, so we got a private tour which was extremely interesting, able to ask a lot of questions and learned so much. It was a holiday, so didn't get to meet any of them, which was a bummer. So interesting to learn they make their own gear. We have a whole new... More 

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Hamilton, MT
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We like to take our out of town guests to the Aerial Fire Depot & Smokejumper Center. The Center has good displays & they do a great job on a tour of the facility. After the tour I have heard our guests remark that they didn't know there was so much to the business of fighting fire - especially smokejumpers.... More 

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Portland, Maine
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

You will be able to learn quite a bit about the Smokejumper program that began in 1939 on the Okanogan National Forest outside Winthrop, WA.

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Florence
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Be sure to take the tour and treat your guests to the museum. This is especially good in the summer when there is much activity and the jumpers are there! Lots of history and it is fun and interesting both, to see where the jumpers are based, who go all over to fight the fires for our safety.

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Jonesborough, TN
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83 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We enjoyed this museum very much. From the model of a fire watch tower, to the details on how to make your own smokejumper outfit, we learned lots of new facts about smokejumping and firefighting. Lots of great T-shirts and patches to buy!

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Florida
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147 reviews 147 reviews
8 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Make sure to take the tour which is completely behind the scenes. You get to see the complete operation of the smoke jumper base and we even spent some time inside the DC-3 jump plane. If you are anywhere nearby during fire season is well worth the time.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I brought my family to get a glimpse into the life of a smokejumper at Region 1 headquarters, Missoula. My little brother used to jump out of this base and it was fun to see his picture on the wall and run into people who knew him on the base. His daughter designed the signs outside. I enjoyed the video... More 

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Larkspur, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Super great stop for a family to tour where the smoke jumpers live and see what their lives are like waiting for a fire. Saw the parachutes hanging and how they fold them, toured the airplane and tried to lift the 80 lb pack they wear in a fire. The men live and work in this museum/dorm space. Excellent education.

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woodstock, ct
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

What a pleasant surprise! New respect for these courageous men and women after seeing first hand their equipment, their dedication and their skills. Shortly after our tour began- we were watching parachutes being inspected and packed-a very exacting job, an announcement came over the intercom and our guide said, "Sorry, I have to go, I will get someone else to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I enjoyed the scenery and the tour was real good . The lDy was very knowledgeable and knew the answers to any questions . It was also neat to walk through there work space and see how things were done and seeing them doing there parachutes !!

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