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Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center

5765 West Broadway Street, Missoula, MT 59808
+1 406-329-4934
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Ranked #3 of 29 attractions in Missoula
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We visited, because we were interested in the training and occupation of smokejumpers. Museum was interesting. Be sure and take a tour with one of the well-informed interns - very informative. And be sure and try to pick up that 80 pound pack. It gives us great appreciation for the people who do this job. Especially timely, since there was... More

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Montezuma, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Smokejumper Center is a great place to visit! Tours are free and our guide was wonderful and informative. Tours start at the top of the hour. They show you all the equipment needed for smokejumpers, as well as tell you the training needed. You then tour the smokejumpers loft where they sew their own equipment, repair and pack parachutes,... More

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Prince George, Virginia
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12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We stopped here on our way through town, and I am sure glad that we did! The tour took about an hour and was very interesting. The girl leading the tour was quite knowledgeable. For such a small place, it was a great time!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

The visitor center and tours are free and if your timing is right you might get a tour of a jump plane too. We learned a lot about wildfires, smoke jumpers and how the whole process works. And we got to tour the DC-3 and the Sherpa (Shorts 360) too. If you are in the area, this is well worth... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Wasn't sure what this would be like but it was so worth a visit. It was a real privilege to see the areas where these brave people work. The guide was well informed and there were lots of opportunities for questions. Good displays

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The US Forest Service have a Visitors Centre at their smoke jumpers base at Missoula airport. A guide explained the qualifications required, the training undertaken and then their operational life. This was then followed by a walk through of their maintenance area, parachute packing area & the store area where they have parachutes & supply packs. It takes a special... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It was free but we left a donation.We learned so much about the smoke jumpers. The tour guide did a great job!! It takes some very special men and women to do this job!!

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Green Valley, Arizona
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210 reviews 210 reviews
95 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was a great place to visit and learn about these most elite of all firefighters and the grueling training and hours that goes into a smoker jumper's career. You can tour the museum yourself where there are great exhibits-some of them interactive-and five videos you can view ranging from a couple of minutes to 15 minutes. There was a... More

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St. Louis
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57 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was one of the neatest thing we saw on our trip and it was a great tour. It was free. The museum should charge a small fee to cover their expenses. The coolest thing about this museum tour is that you get to see how the smoke jumpers train, how the parachutes are packed and stored. The smoke jumpers... More

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