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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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We visited the smokejumper center while in Missoula. We really enjoyed this part of the trip. We took the tour that took about 30 to 45 min and then walked around in the museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We visited the smokejumper center while in Missoula. We really enjoyed this part of the trip. We took the tour that took about 30 to 45 min and then walked around in the museum. The tour takes you through the center were they keep their gear, pack up supplies, pack their parachutes, and shows you were they fix their chutes... More 

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Goleta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We visited at the end of the day and caught up with the guided tour. You are taken all over and shown what the smokejumpers are packing, carrying and training. The highlight for us was when a call came in for a team to deploy. We were able to watch them suit up, check their gear and load onto the... More 

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Souther California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This one of those "don't miss" places. Free admission and great people there. There is a small information building with displays and info but the tour is a MUST. The tour lasts a little over an hour and you go into the heart of the operation. We were there when an alarm went off and was able to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This was a really cool and FREE tour. Having seen the news with the fires spreading across California, it was very interesting to learn how smoke jumpers handle these situations. Tough and grueling job - I was intrigued, enlightened, and earned a great deal of respect for these men and women. Stop in if you have time, you won't be... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had an hour to kill before going to the airport so we stopped by. Tour was fascinating. We were not aware of smokejumpers. It was fun to learn about how it started, how they train, and how it operates. This is a training facility with smokejumpers there onsite. Museum was small and well done. Would recommend when you have... More 

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Running Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

if you don' live in a wild fire area as we do, this is an excellent place to visit to see the extent these heroes (in my mind) go to to protect our nature's resources and our lives in many instances.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is a must see! For those of us old enough to have watched the movie about smokejumpers, it was like being part of it all! The heroics of those who fear up and dive into a maelstrom of fire is awesome inducing!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We went for the 75th Smokejumpers Reunion - they did a very nice job making sure everyone felt welcomed.

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Forsyth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I loved, loved, loved this visit, and it was the highlight of a two week road trip! Thanks to our tour guide and especially to the smokejumpers. We caught a guided tour, which included a visit to the base, including the parachute repair and packing rooms, the reading room, the loadmaster area and the DC-3TP aircraft.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Got a one hour guided tour. Spoke to actual Fire Jumpers. Visited most areas. Climbed in the plane. Highlight of my stay in Missoula.

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