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“A small gem of aviation history.”

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!
Reviewed October 26, 2013

This museum has only been open for just over a year. Aviation items that had been gathering over the years created the museum. The museum is composed of two parts, aviation history from the 30's into WW11, and the restoration shop.

The aviation history section has many glass cases. These cases contain equipment used & worn by B-17 bomber crews- oxygen mask & tank, boots, parachute & one .50 caliber machine gun. Other cases are about the Flying Tigers, Memphis Belle B-17 bomber, actor Clack Gable's role as an army air force major. Also about Henry Ford's role in aviation, the first concrete runways and corporate airlines.

The restoration's project is the Ford Tri-motor 'Tin Goose'. At present the restoration is about half complete. A visitor can get within 6-8 feet of the a/c, kept back by a rope barrier. A talked with one man on the restoration for at least 15 minutes. He explained how new parts are designed & built from old parts., what progress is made and answered all questions I asked. Many of the old parts are stored for a visitor to view. These parts include wings, structures for the wings, tail & rudder. All these parts will be returned the part's owner. When completed, the aircraft will be flyable.

A tour may take only 45 minutes, however taking the time to read & view all cases and a complete visit to the restoration shop, 1 1/2 hours will happen. Also is a small gift shop & a 1950's Tin Goose Diner.

In the shop are a number of U.S. & German WW11 vehicles. On the German side are: 3 motorcycles, light utility vehicle and an antiaircraft gun. The American side has a Ford PGW 1/4 4X4 Jeep, Dodge 3/4 ton ambulance & half track. Also is a B-25 Mitchell bomber & Harvard WW11 trainer, both flyable. Plenty of free parking. The museum maybe small, however there is much unexpected aviation history.

I rarely check Excellent, however that is what the museum is. I highly recommend a visit. A visitor will not be disappointed.

1  Thank Jack L
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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.

2  Thank SierraGulf
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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.

Thank PatPortClinton_OH
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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.

2  Thank travelerrose
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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!

4  Thank RLane_11
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