Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham

4.5
#6 of 10 in Museums in Birmingham
The Southern Museum of Flight is a civilian aviation museum Birmingham, Alabama USA. The facility features nearly 100 aircraft, as well as engines, models, artifacts, photographs, and paintings. In addition, the Southern Museum of Flight is home to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame, which presents Alabama Aviation History through collective biography.
Notable aircraft on display include a Wright Flyer, Curtis Pusher, Fokker D-VII, Alexander Eaglerock, F-4 Phantom, F-86 Sabre, AH-1 Cobra, Soviet-built MiGs, Mi-24 Hind, A-12 Blackbird spy plane, the “Lake Murray” B-25, and an array of experimental aircraft. The Lake Murray B-25C Mitchell bomber crashed in South Carolina during a 1943 training exercise. The right engine was torn off during the crash but the crew was able to escape unharmed before she sank to a depth of 150 feet (46m). The aircraft became a dive site for local technical divers until she was raised from the depths of the lake in September 2005. Dr. Bob Seigler who spearheaded the project, John Hodge and Dr. Bill Vartorella, formed the Lake Murray B-25 Rescue Project to salvage the aircraft from the bottom of Lake Murray. After recovery the remains of the aircraft were moved to the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama for conservation and museum display. A video crew, including maritime video experts from Nautilus Productions, documented the recovery for the Mega Movers series on the History Channel.
Featured on display is a diorama exhibit honoring Alabama’s famed Tuskegee Airmen, as well as the Korean War Jets Exhibit and Vietnam War Helicopters Exhibit.
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  • We are an Aviation family and this was a great museum. Thank you for the great experience. It has a variety of planes and interactive simulators for the kids AND adults.  more »
  • Visited early in the morning and the displays are very impressive for so small a location. The quality of the displays enabled a great deal of interaction and you could almost visualize being there ac...  more »
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  • My grandfather used to bring me there as a little girl. I hadn't been since then but we had a blast at Membership Day with my girls. Great event and great museum. We will be back. It also looks like a great event venue so I'll have to check it out for that too!
  • Great facility. Friendly staff. Affordable prices. My whole family enjoyed this place. Everyone will find something to enjoy. A fun 2-3 hour event.

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