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“One Man's Dream Turns Into A Great Museum”

Liberty Aviation Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Liberty Aviation Museum is a newer "working" museum that opened in July of 2012 at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport (PCW Carl Keller Field) in Port Clinton, Ohio. Our museum consists of our B-25 Mitchell, WWII bomber "Georgie's Gal" built in 1945, recently restored by Aero Trader out of Chino, CA. Ground vehicles include a 1941 Dodge ambulance, 2 Jeeps, German 37mm AA gun, German Horch Truck, German Field Kitchen, German Kubel, 3 BMW Motorcycles, Tiger Tank Replica, Hetzer Tank Replica, Panther Tank Replica (currently undergoing restoration away from the museum), & 2 WWII PT boats under current restoration (The PT-728 Thomcat is currently on display while restoration work is being completed in the museum's new hangar expansion. The sister boat, the PT-724 is currently on display outside by the museum's second hangar. The PT-728 Thomcat will be available for boat experiences when restoration is completed. We have many items that are on rotating display that may not always been on display throughout the year during your visit. Please contact us if you are interested in viewing a specific item. On permanent display within our galleries is the WWII service uniform of actor Clark Gable. The museum also has 3 screen worn uniforms from the actors who played Col. Klink, Col. Hogan, & Sgt. Schultz from the TV show Hogan's Heroes. Also, throughout the year we have many events such as big band hangar dances, Ford Tri-Motor rides, WWII era B-25, B-17, C-47, & AT-6 aircraft rides, Waco Biplane rides, concerts, books signings, car shows, and more. Please visit our website for more information!
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“One Man's Dream Turns Into A Great Museum”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

In a quiet little lakeside area, we're told a man had a dream to open a museum honoring WWII with a sub-topic of the famed Ford Tri-Motor that once serviced the local islands and inhabitants - It has come to pass! My wife and I initially heard of the new museum just prior to it's opening last year. On returning through the area from the Toledo Navy game, we stopped to visit it; what a nice surprise ! Small, compact yet with a diversity of artifacts it made for a nice couple hour walk through. The primary item of interest is a restored B-25, "Georgie's Gal" as well as an "in-process" restoration of a Ford Tri-Motor. Other artifacts surprising were German WWII vehicles and weapons as well as U.S. counterparts. I'd recommend checking their schedule of events as during the summer months B-17 flight's are available as well as an aircraft "swap meet".

Also of note was an original "50's" diner relocated into the complex offering good food with a great runway view, the Tin Goose Diner! Named of course after the Ford Tri-Motor.

Visited October 2013
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Port Clinton, OH
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great small aviation museum”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Home of the Tin Goose. They are building one here and have various WWII planes visit. They offer rides for kids and hold local fundraisers and fairs here. Attached to the museum is the Tin Goose Diner offering food and drink in a 50's setting. Unique and interesting to visit.

Visited August 2013
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Bucyrus, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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“New museum”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

It sounds like a place that only men would like, but ladies will also like it! The gift shop and restored authentic diner are great too.

Visited August 2013
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Dublin, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“If you like airplanes and/or WWII - era aviation history, you'll like this!”
Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Small but very well done aviation museum. Lots of info about the Ford Tri-motor, interesting info about early air transportation, especially related to Lake Erie area, and some interesting WWII exhibits too. Bonus is being able to walk through restoration workshop and see restored planes and vehicles. Allow a couple of hours. Be sure to stop in the diner for lunch or at least a snack!

Visited September 2013
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Midlothian, Virginia
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33 attraction reviews
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“Blast from the Past”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

While on a weeklong family reunion vacation in Port Clinton, we decided to take in all the local attractions as well as visiting Put-In-Bay via the Jet Express ferry. Among the places we visited was the Liberty Aviation Museum.

What the main indoor museum lacked in size, it made up for it with vintage flight memorabilia, great photographs depicting life and the role aviation played during the 1920s through the 1950s between the islands and Port Charles.

Exiting the rear of the indoor museum you entered into a full blown hanger where restoration was taking place on several vintage aircraft. As you walked down the walkway there were fully restored World War II equipment and vehicles (fully armored half track, jeep, German anti-aircraft gun, German Zundap and BMW motorcycles with sidecars , etc.).

As we made our way around this assortment of vehicles we came up on the tail of a fully restored North American B25 Mitchell. Walking slowly from tail to nose every details (to include the weapons) was clearly visible as if it had just come out of the factory. Unlike other aviation museums we’ve been to, you were up close and personal. To the left of the B25 was a restored ‘Red Tail’ Tuskegee Airmen P51 Mustang.

Once returning inside to the main lobby you could visit the vintage ‘Tin Goose Dinner’ a stainless steel historically restored 1950s dinner for some traditional American eats.

Visited August 2013
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