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“Great rare old aircraft!”

Port Townsend Aero Museum
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The planes are regularly flown and are in remarkable shape! The Beech Staggerwing is a thing of beauty as is the Ryan PT22! Give them a visit, My wife even enjoyed the visit!

Thank Fatrichie
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We saw history of aerograft, and Boeing real flight .This Museum is very informative and useful to the students and research .

1  Thank Gangaramaya
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Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

This is not the Smithsonian or the Boeing Museum but it is a beautifully set up local attraction which is obviously well run by aficionados dedicated to vintage aircraft. There are a limited number of exhibits but they are beautiful specimens most of which are still in flying condition. If you are into civil aircraft from the first half of the 20th century you will enjoy this museum.

I particularly liked the Bowlus Baby Albatross and the Ryan PT-22 Recruit which looked like it just rolled off the assembly line. Also not to be missed is an extensive collection of aviation art which is displayed on a walk way surrounding the hanger where the real aircraft are presented. From the upper deck you get a great perspective of the whole building and "aerial" views of the exhibits.

All in all it's well worth the trip to this little gem. Admission is $10 which is well worth it. Recommended.

1  Thank grandcharles
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The museum is immaculate with all airplanes well displayed. Their youth program is truly impressive.

1  Thank SilverSenior
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

I have read the other reviews and understand how each of the reviewers could come up with their conclusions.

My conclusion is that this is a true gem for the community, and for tourists who like meticulously restored vintage airplanes, airplane art , and history of aviation .

There are about 19 airplanes in this SPOTLESS museum...some are on the highly polished concrete floors , and some are hanging from cables from the steel girders of the building . (Like a real mini version of the Smithsonian ).

The museum is located at the airport just 10 minutes from Port Townsend . The walls , ceilings, floors , and exhibits are "spit polished" by dedicated teenage kids who are part of the owners youth program to help kids of the community kick drug and substance abuse! Bravo!

The owner basically takes the kids who need help and puts them through serious "boot camp" and a serious education about how to build, repair, & maintain aircraft . How to live in real life, and get a good job, and/or go on to college. This program really turns these kids' lives around .
The owner is an ex drill instructor and United Airlines pilot during the Vietnam War . He is a no nonsense straight ahead guy. He usually is working in the other buildings repairing aircraft . (If you are familiar with the military term "jar head " ...guys who take and give orders , and who execute them perfectly as trained ...then you have a mental vison of the owner ).

Information about visiting the museum can be seen on their website ptaeromuseum.com . You can see a photo of the display area , and a list of airplanes that are restored for viewing (all work done by the teenagers in the youth program ). The entire upstairs has several hundred perfectly framed photos and art about aircraft (all done by the teenagers in the program ).

This is a first class place to visit IF you like aircraft and history of aircraft . The admission price you pay is to fund the youth program and help maintain the building and grounds . The entry fee is really a small donation .

This is not a place to have your kids run around and yell ! .Enjoy the meticulous airplane exhibits , and admire the owner and his wife, and the kids who lives have been turned around...this is an amazing labor of determination and giving back to the community .

This is a true American success story ..I was totally impressed.

1  Thank barryswobblyworld
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