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.
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