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“Vintage collection of flying a/c from the teens to the 70's.”

The Western North Carolina Air Museum
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

From the outside a visitor may think a stop may not be worth the time, however once entering their mind will change. From WW1 three replica fighters, to light a/c of the 30's & 40's to a 1977 racer. All a/c are in mint condition, no rust buckets. One reviwer stated some rope barriers, during myn visit NO battiers. All a/c are open to walk up to & inspact. Just NO TOUCHING. Four are hanging from the ceiling, with one mounted on the wall.

A partial listing aree:
1915 Nieuport 7/8 scale
1917 SE-5A
1917 Curtiss Jenny 5/8 scale
1928 Heath.
1930 Aeronia C-3.
1930 Curtiss Robin.
1931 Taylor Cub.
1936 Piper J-2.
1941 Piper J-5.
1930's Corbin Junior Ace.
1950's Baby Great Lakes-only 4 feet in height.
1954 Cessna 170B.
1960 Wittman Tailwind.
1077 F1 Packer Reno Races-mounted one the wall.
Benson Gyocopter-Home built from a kit.
Since all a/c are flyable, certain planes maybe on loan or attending a air show.

All staff/volunteers were helpful in answering all my questions. Admisson is FREE, with donations appreciated. A small gift shop in one corner. One wall iis covered with photos, along with several large & medium models. The museum is one large room, which give the impression of being in a a/c hanger. The museum is located next to the Hendersonville airport. Also displayed are flight manual & two combustion 1930's engines.

Hours of operation:

April-October,
Saturday 10:00-5:00.
Sunday & Wedsenday 12:0-5:00.

November-March.
Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday 12:00-5:00.

Any person enjoying a/c from WW1 to the 40's, this museum will not disappoint. Good lighting for photography. No windowes of any kind.

I recommend a visit.

1  Thank Jack L
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This museum is housed in an airplane hangar, and has displayed many vintage craft in various stages of restoration. The staff is kind and friendly and will explain anything, along with just chatting about your interest and knowledge.

The museum is located right next to the Hendersonville airport (it can be hard to find unless you know this). The staff was what really made this experience delightful. They do what they do out of love for the planes, and are happy to share their thoughts and experiences, sharing how they restore and walking you through the process.

1  Thank jade4mom
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

This Air Museum is close to downtown. Has a beat collection of vintage airplanes, most form the 30's. The available Museum staff are helpful and can answer virtually any question you have. Incredible that this Museum is free is free but you better believe we donated a few bucks to their work.

1  Thank MBNick
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Had a hard time finding the Museum from downtown asked for directions and ended up in the middle of the country. Stopped again and got better directions to it. It is near the Community College. It has a several old planes from the 30 and 40s. Enjoyed watching the bi-plane taking off and landing right outside.

1  Thank NCFan
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The museum houses about a dozen common and rare old aircraft.
The WWI types are reproductions but very well done. The General Aviation types are originals from the '30's, 40's and 50's. Several of the aircraft are one of only a half dozen left in the world.
The volunteers/members are extremely knowledgable, helpful and friendly. You can watch as they work on a restoration in progress. The museum is clean, orderly, with a lot of memorabilia.
You'll want to make a donation after your visit.

1  Thank Irotram
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