The CR Smith museum shows the history of American Airlines, a company that dates back to the 1930's. CR was a native Texan who was one of the first great airline executives, and he ran the company through WWII into the 60's when Lyndon Johnson named him Secretary of Commerce, and he came back out of retirement to run the company again for a short time after AA was caught making illegal campaigns to Richard Nixon's re-election campaign.
While CR is a focus, the museum also talks about the different kinds of planes American used, the companies that were acquired, and looks back nostalgically at the old uniforms, menus, 21 Club service, Hawaiian style clothes, etc. It also features some of the executives that led the company, and has an exhibit about September 11, but not about some of the other tragedies that affected the company, nor about the desperate labor problems that have continually plagued it. With the exception of the DC-3 (see below) there are models or pictures of the old airplanes.
What was disappointing was that some of the exhibits, where you push a button and listen to a recording, don't work. The museum needs more upkeep.
The best part of the museum is they have an old DC-3, in good condition, that you can board and look around. It's not like at the Museum of Flight in Seattle where the Concorde and Air Force One are walled off in plastic; I actually got to sit in a DC-3 seat, and it was quite nice.
The museum costs only $5. For seniors (55+) it costs only $3. Free parking across the street. It takes no more than an hour or two to visit.
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