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“A step back in history” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Pooler
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force preserves the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to present.
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Monroe
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“A step back in history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Special trip to visit as my husband's great uncle was a pilot of a B24 and it was an honor to personally know him. To visit the memorial in his name and to get an insight of the journey these men and women were involved in protecting our USA was a historical lesson to which all of our children should be proud.

Visited April 2013
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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“A Long Overdue Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

Mrs Too and I have driven past this museum I don’t know how many times on our way to or from Florida, but never had an opportunity to stop in and tour it. Actually, she would much rather visit some of the many historic home sites such as Mepkin Abbey, Monticello, or the Adams homestead in Braintree, but has entertained my passion and accompanied me to dozens of aviation venues, from the Piper Museum in Pennsylvania to the Strategic Air Command museum in Omaha, even the Royal Navy Air Service museum in Devon, England. I earned my student solo license at age 15 (when it was legal to do so) and wound up in the cockpit of a supersonic fighter jet.

This museum is not so much a collection of aircraft as it is a memorial to the psyche and raw courage of those who flew and crewed our “big friends”, the heavy bombers. Jimmy Doolittle, who accomplished the unbelievable mission of leading a successful bombing raid on Tokyo from an aircraft carrier despite knowing that he would be unable to shepherd his squadron back home. Jimmy Stewart, the actor, who so personified the American citizen soldier that in every contract he signed after the war, there was a specific prohibition against ever even mentioning his service record. In the memorial garden there are stone tablets engraved with the name of dozens of entire lost airplanes and the name, rank and position of every man aboard. One such stone is dedicated to the resistance fighters who nursed, sheltered, and assisted in their safe escape, the many downed crews who were able to get away from their destroyed airplanes.

In my opinion, it is not possible to take in the entire panorama at one sitting without experiencing a sensory overload. Even Mrs Too agrees that a single stop here simply will not suffice. We will be back every time we head this way until we are thoroughly sated.

Visited February 2014
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Valrico, Florida
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“Should be on the top of your list when visiting Savannal GA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

The museum is only a short drive from Savannah and worth the trip. Powerful story of the Eight Air Force Bomber activity during WW2. It is mostly a self guided tour, and there are a series of three films to watch back to back. It will bring tears to your eyes. Lots of static displays of Aircraft and the Memorial Gardens and Chapel are absolutely beautiful.

Visited February 2014
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Rome, New York
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“Pleasant Surprise - Who knew?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

Stopped in by accident because it was near the motel. What a shock! It is much more impressive from the inside than the exterior entrance suggests. Complete history of the 8th AF with its most impressive leader Jimmy Doolittle. Plan to spend half a day. Easy self-guided tour. Most impressive was the memorial garden...and I was there in the winter. I can only imagine what it is like in the summer.

Visited January 2014
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Statesville
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“Great museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

Impressive museum and great history. Loved the garden and Chapel. Check it out sometime. B17 restored really well. Great tribute to the Mighty Eight.

Visited February 2014
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