4672 First Flight Drive
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Students and Active Military with ID: $8.00
Children under 5: Free
North Carolina is regarded as the "Birthplace of Aviation," and the Charlotte region is steeped in flight history. Located on the grounds of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (one of the top 10 busiest in the nation), the Carolinas Aviation Museum has a collection of over 50 aircraft and a large collection of smaller historic items related to aviation in the North and South Carolina. There are a large number of military aircraft, with each branch of the military being represented.
The collection includes:
- Over six helicopters from all branches of the military (most with ties to the Carolinas), most which have seen combat.
- Military aircraft, including a McDonnell Douglas 1982 AV-8B-1 Harrier, a Boeing 1941 PT-17/ N2S, a Douglas 1944 C-47 Dakota, a LTV 1956 A-7E2 Corsair II, a Grumman F-14D Super, a North American 1950 T-28B, a McDonnell Douglas 1985 F-4S and a Boeing 1941 PT-17/ N2S
- A Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3 (a military plane from 1942 that was the predecessor to today's airliners)
- A Grumman OV-1D Mohawk(a battlefield observation and reconnaissance aircraft).
- The cockpit of a McDonnell F-4S Phantom II, which visitors can sit it to get a feel for what it took to operate the fighter
- The cockpit of a KC-97 Stratotanker, which visitors can also sit it.
In addition to aircraft, the museum is home to a number of artifacts. Since US Airways has a hub at Charlotte, artifacts are included from various airlines which have merged over the years to form the current US Airways. Allegheny Airlines, America West, Mohawk Airlines, Piedmont Airlines and Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) are all represented.
The museum has recently added the body of US Airways flight 1549, the famed "Miracle on the Hudson" plane. Virtually everything except the passenger’s personal effects are still in the airplane. The landing gear pins, fire axe, and the manuals are still in the cockpit, the Coke cans are still in the food carts.
Visit the museum's official site for more information.