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“Nose Art and George Bush Rescue” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of American Airpower Heritage Museum - CLOSED

American Airpower Heritage Museum
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Green Cove Springs, Florida
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“Nose Art and George Bush Rescue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

We enjoyed the Nose Art exhibit and the George Bush Rescue video footage. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We would have liked to see more airplanes on site. It is a lovely tribute.
Parking accommodated our Motor Home.

Visited May 2013
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Sugar Land, Texas
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“Not enough planes to justify the admission price. Go for the nose art; not for kids.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

We visited at the end of our 6 day spring break road trip. All of the other 15-20 stops we made (even the Marfa lights viewing center at 11.30p) were more packed than they would ordinarily be. Should have been a tipoff that when we got here at 4p on a Thursday that there were only 4 other people in the whole place and the parking lot was nearly empty. True, this is in "the middle of nowhere" but it is only a few minutes off of I-20. Admission for a 9, 11 year old and two adults was $34. Most of the WWII exhibits were things I've seen elsewhere. There weren't as many static displays of equipment that I would expect. The highlight was the airplane nose art display. Never seen anything like it, really good. HOWEVER, this is not for young kids as most of the artwork is of young ladies in various states of undress. The big disappointment was the huge airplane hanger. Most of it was empty and there were very few interesting aircraft. Maybe we came at the wrong time of the year, but I expected much more. They did have a Soviet I-16 fighter, which is somewhat rare, but nothing else very interesting. Your local airshow would be better for WWII aircraft. A mothballed F-14 and F-111 were outside that needed restoration work. The odd thing was that when we went back in the museum at 4.45p most of the lights had been turned off, which we thought was uninviting and bordering on rude.

Visited March 2013
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Texas
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357 reviews
207 attraction reviews
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“A great stop if passing through Midland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stopped here to see the nose art exhibit and it was fantastic. They saved only 50 panels or so out of thousands of planes of nose art and have it on exhibit here. What a great American treasure. The museum also features several airplanes from war times and other exhibits but the nose art was the best. Not great for young children as most of it was of women, some nude but for kids who are mature enough that's up to the parent on what they can see. Visit their web site to learn more at www.airpowermuseum.org. It was located next to the MIdland airport and right off of the interstate. The only negative, I thought the entrance fee of $10 per adult was too high.

Visited March 2013
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Constant Traveller
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“An Excellent Aviation Museum, A Long Way from Nowhere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

I visited the Airpower Museum in Feb. 2013, and found it to be an excellent stop on our trip. The main problem is that Midland-Odessa is simply a long, long way from anything interesting in Texas. Which means it's a REALLY long way from anyplace fun (save the emails; even Texans agree Midland is, umm, how do I say it politely -- "remote").

But in terms of aviation, it is definitely worth the visit. They have a stellar collection of WWII nose-art that is very entertaining. The art is still painted on the aluminum sides of the airplanes. They were cut out of the planes with an axe before the planes were chopped up for scrap. Note: Some of these paintings are not politically correct, nor suitable for young children.

They have a new Vietnam-era display. The Medal of Honor displays are fascinating and heart-breaking. But the best part of all are the airplanes on display and under restoration.

TripAdvisor contributor "TexasRicky" is right; this is a small display (unlike the Smithsonian or the museum at Wright-Patterson) but very much worth the stop. They've got a number of aircraft that rotate in and out of displays, because most of the CAF aircraft are in flight-worthy condition so they're often in the air rather than sitting on flat tires as so often happens at aviation museums. For me, a WWII aviation buff, seeing a flight-ready Fairy Swordfish was a thrill -- this huge, slow and dangerously outdated biplane was the plane that sank the Bismark! So put the Museum on your map and visit it soon. You won't be dissappointed.

Visited February 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Great museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

We drove to Midland for one reason: the American Airpower Heritage Museum, or, as we tend to call it, the Commemorative Air Force Museum. The husband has wanted to visit this museum for years, and I understand why.
Unfortunately, a private event was scheduled in the hangar, so most of the display aircraft were either moved or being stored in another hangar that we were not able to visit. We knew from the website that the display aircraft may or may not be available for viewing, so we should have called first. It would not have changed our visit, though. The man at the entrance made sure to tell us of the aircraft displays so we could decide if we wanted to stay or not. I thought that was very nice, and appreciated his effort.
We went all through the museum building. There was a great Hall of Fame display with stories of pilots I knew of and new ones that I just learned about. There was also a great World War II display that we strolled slowly through. The greatest surprise was the Nose Art display room. I have seen pictures of Nose Art in books and paintings, but this room had actual cut out pieces from aircraft, and most had been restored to "original" condition.
Even without the aircraft, we spent four hours wandering through this museum.
There is a coupon for buy one-get one free admission on their website.

Visited May 2012
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