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“Great attraction for all ages.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carolinas Aviation Museum

Carolinas Aviation Museum
Ranked #9 of 174 things to do in Charlotte
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great attraction for all ages.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

My wife and I spent the afternoon visiting the Carolinas Aviation Museum and were pleasantly surprised! It was a fairly small Museum, but had many planes and exhibits to keep ourselves entertained. I am personally a big aviation "nerd" so I was very interested with everything and even my wife (who isn't) was impressed and even told me she had a good time.
We saw a couple young families with children that seemed happy and entertained. The only thing I wish was different is the outdoor exhibit. They had some old air-force jets and a DC-7, but had a fence that restricted how close we could get. It would have been nice to get up close and personal with more aviation history.
After it is all said and done, I would love to revisit and would recommend a friend to visit!

Visited March 2013
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Rock Hill, SC
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“Great museum with lots to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

A must see if in the Charlotte area. Great displays of various aircraft including the US Air plane that went down in the Hudson - all put back together. Lots of good information and fun for all ages.

Visited September 2012
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North Carolina
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“Some interesting things to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

The Carolinas Aviation Museum houses the airplane that was US Airways flight 1549, the one that ditched in the Hudson River after a major bird strike. It was just amazing to be close to that airplane, see the damage it sustained, and realize every person on board that day survived. The museum has placed placards all around the exhibit to tell the story of that day. A glass case displays numerous artifacts donated by the crew and passengers, lending a sense of reality to what happened.

Besides the A320, the hangar that is the bulk of the museum also houses a DC-3 painted in Piedmont Airlines colors and numerous old military aircraft. The day we were there (but not all the time), a DC-7 in Eastern Airlines colors was parked outside, with a tour scheduled after the time we had to leave - so we did not get to see that airplane.

This is a very small museum, and while I agree there are better aviation exhibits around, I went to see N106US / US 1549, which you can't see anywhere else.

Visited February 2013
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“Not that impressive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Ok, first of all I should make the disclaimer that I've worked in the aviation industry surrounded by various aircraft for over a decade so maybe that biased me into giving this only an average rating. Also, I've been to the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles, VA so this place pales in comparison to such a place.
The Carolina Aviation Museum is not bad; it has a number of interesting aircraft on display. It also offers a bit of Carolina aviation history which is fitting, of course. The centerpiece at this time would definitely be Flight 1549, which in itself is a wonderful story. However, in reality, looking at it in a museum is not that impressive. It's just an A320 that is beat up from its landing in the Hudson. Great story. Not so great museum piece.
As for the variety of aircraft, I'd rather go to a major airshow at an Air Force base than here. The variety is usually better. Except you will find old aircraft at the museum that you wouldn't find at an airshow nowadays.
Basically, I wasn't impressed. But if you love aviation or don't have the opportunity to go somewhere better it's not a bad way to spend an hour while in Charlotte.

Visited February 2013
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Norcross, Georgia
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“Great Display of USAirways Flight 1549”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited February 2013
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