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.
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