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“Great Display of USAirways Flight 1549”

Carolinas Aviation Museum
Ranked #10 of 183 things to do in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This museum, located adjacent to Charlotte's Douglas International Airport, is well worth the small price of admission just to see the "Miracle on the Hudson" display of the USAirways Flight 1549 that ditched in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. The actual aircraft is on display along with excellent graphic and photographic displays of every detail of the "miracle" from before take-off until after the rescue of every passenger. The documentation is some of the best I have ever seen at an aviation museum. Watch the web site, http://www.visitnc.com/listings/view/40508/carolinas-aviation-museum, for some Saturdays when passengers aboard the aircraft are present to answer questions and talk about their personal experiences. The documentary movie, shown as part of the display, was well done and very moving.

The museum houses many other exhibits, including a full-scale replica of the Wright Flyer, the first successful aircraft flown by the Wright brothers. Other displays include various military fighters, several civilian aircraft, an F-4 fighter cockpit open for visitors to sit in, some excellent visual displays of aircraft aerodynamics (lift, drag, thrust, etc.), a room devoted to engines and power plants, and numerous other displays.

While not the Smithonian Air and Space Museum or the National Museum of the U. S. Air Force in Dayton, OH, it is well worth a few hours, and the day after we visited, we heard that the museum is actually now an official arm of the Smithonian.

Thank TalonIP
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

This place is absolutely a must-see! A lot of planes, interesting descriptions and stories, films, etc...and you can sit in real cockpits as well. The guides were also really nice and helpful (and as it turned out lots of them were real pilots formerly:)). We really enjoyed and recommend it.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Between sitting in jet cockpits and touring the aircraft we had a nice time. I was surprised at the US Airways flight exhibit which I enjoyed.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went to the museum to see the miracle of the Hudson plane and it did not dissapoint. The storys depicted on the screens around it were fascinating, they also had a movie made up of different clips , sent in by people that viewed the crash. My son loved sitting in the pilots cockpit of a jet that was used in Vietnam. A museum guide gave a delightful talk bringing us into a pilots world during the war. They have a huge helicopter used to pick up wounded soldiers. A replica of the Wrights brothers plane and many more interesting planes and helicopters. The guides are really great, and give interesting descriptions of the planes and the training the pilots go through. Thank you Charlotte for this museum.

Thank graynblue
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Very interesting and beautifully done. A must see. We took the additional tour of the dc-7 on the Tarmac and it was great.

Thank MarthaMM
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