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.
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