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“A hidden gem!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Southern Museum of Flight

Southern Museum of Flight
Ranked #16 of 88 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: An aircraft hangar museum with exhibits of authentic old airplanes.
Birmingham, AL
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106 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A hidden gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Southern Museum of Flight is definitely off the beaten track, but it does have a lot to offer. There are displays of aircraft from early recipricating engine models up to fairly recent jets. Many of the displays relate to aircraft and pilots with ties to the state of Alabama. One exhibit portrays the little known fact that Alabama Air National Guard aviators flew under contract with the CIA during the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Several were shot down by Cuban fighter aircraft while providing air support for Cuban Brigade soldiers bent on displacing Fidel Castro and returning democracy to the island nation. Aside from displays and exhibits, the museum operates a nice store offering aviation related items and has several flight simulators available for use by children and adults 12 year old and older.

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Better than looks from outside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

Good exhibits interspaced with videos. Larger than looks and houses more planes than realized. Worth a visit

Visited October 2013
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Dunnellon, Florida
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194 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“A diverse collect of aircraft and avaiation related artifacts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

The Southern Museum of flight is sort of a hidden treasure in that, due to its location, you are not likely to just stumble on it, but when you locate it, I believe you will agree it was worth the search. Highlights include an excellent section dealing with the Tuskegee Airman, a fine display of reciprocating and early jet aircraft engines, and a gallery full of experimental (home built) aircraft. You will also enjoy the story about the recovery of a B25 Mitchell from a lake in SC - the plane and artifacts are on display. The tour is self-guided but plaques and videos provide plenty of information. Allow 1 to 3 hours depending on your level of interest and don't miss the line of historic aircraft, including a A12 Blackbird, parked behind the fench about two blocks behind the musuem.

Visited September 2013
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MIAMI
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36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not as I expected.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Museum needs to be updated and better maintained. Did not have any updated airplanes. It was somewhat interesting, but did not like the aspect or the place or location. It was somewhat dark and gloomy. Unless you are a lover of planes, I don't really recommend.

Visited August 2013
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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The Lockheed A-12 is here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

If anyone in your group has an interest in rare airplanes, this is the place. They house, one of the very few, CIA's Lockheed A-12. The museum was well set-up and has a few flight simulators for the teenagers in your group. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Visited August 2013
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