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“Interesting Air Museum that honours military and civilian aviation” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wings Over Miami Air Museum

Wings Over Miami Air Museum
14710 SW 128th Street, Kendall - Tamiami Executive Airport, Miami, FL 33196
305-233-5197
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Ranked #59 of 122 attractions in Miami
Type: Specialty Museums, Military Museums
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Owner description: Wings Over Miami Air Museum serves as a tribute to those veterans and aviators who pioneered civilian and military aviation. With this goal in mind, the museum both displays and flies military and classic aircraft to share the rich history of flight. It provides an operating legacy of aircraft with an insight to the legends of the pilots who flew them.This is a charming little museum that provides an opportunity for a close-up look at classic and war bird aircraft. They have many enclosed cases filled with models and other memorabilia. Often a visitor will see plane restoration in process and on weekends, people may chat with the pilots of the planes if they are in the hangar.While visitors can't climb on the planes, cameras are welcomed and the staff is very friendly.
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“Interesting Air Museum that honours military and civilian aviation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

Hello
we decided to go and see this museum during our 4 day stay in Florida City. The museum is located on an Airport. It is located at Kendall-Tamiami Airport in Miami-Dade County. You can just drive into the airport and the museum is clearly sign posted. There was plenty of parking outside the museum building. We entered through the gift shop and paid $20 for 2 adults( kids were $6 and pensioners were $7). The place opens from 10am to 5pm Wed- Sat and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. It is closed on Monday and Tuesdays.

After we had paid we went into a door that took us into a museum. There were lot's about the 2nd world war and military stuff and tents and history about the war. Pilots helmets and an engine cut in half which you could actually see working. We then went into another huge hanger where all the planes were kept. Going back a few years , a pilot called Kermit Weeks had an Aviation Museum here but as his collection grew and grew he needed more space and moved everything away. People in the area missed the museum so some people decided to open their own up.

Four military and classic plane enthusiasts got together and decided to change the existing hanger into “Wings Over Miami Air Museum”. The museum’s new founders were Walter Orth, Larry Ploucha, Vincent Tirado and Tom Righetti and they dreamed of a flying museum. They worked with Kermit Weeks who helped them get everything together.

We went into the large hanger and saw loads of classic and military planes that had been beautifully restored. There were some men working on some of the planes and we spoke to some of them. One man said that the helmet in the museum near the entrance was actually his. Most of the planes are still flown and are taken out now and then. There were jet planes and older propeller planes and a few newer modern planes. Such as a 1945 North American SNJ-6 and a 1968 Aero L29-R Delfin Jet and a 1995 Yakovlev Yak 52. All the planes were so clean and shiny they looked new. Clearly the people who have restored these planes loved doing so. There were bout 15 planes inside the hanger and 1 large plane outdoors. Each plane had a description of what it was and what it could do etc. Height, speed etc. People were about so you could ask any questions too.

We then went outdoors and looked at the large black plane. It was a seaplane which needed restoring. We spent about 1 hour and 15 minutes looking round the museum and really enjoyed it. Thought the entrance fee was sensible. As you exit you go back through the gift shop which has rest rooms which we used. When we were at the museum we were the only visitors there which was quite a surprise. Maybe because it was January and most people had gone back to work. I am glad I went here as it was very interesting. As we were leaving we saw the men pulling a plane outdoors that they were going to fly that day. I think this place is more for adults as kids may get abit bored after a while. If you are into flying and planes and the history of planes you will love it all. I am not that into it but I really enjoyed it( hubby is more into planes etc than me). Well worth going to . They also hold events during the year that maybe worth going to.

Visited January 2012
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