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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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Jonesborough, TN
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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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7 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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6 reviews 6 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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Seattle, Washington
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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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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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