National Soaring Museum, Elmira

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The National Soaring Museum (NSM) is an aviation museum whose stated aim is to preserve the history of motorless flight. It is located on top of Harris Hill near Elmira, New York, United States.
The NSM is the Soaring Society of America's official repository. In 1975, the SSA Board of Directors transferred the Soaring Hall of Fame to the National Soaring Museum.
The museum features a large collection of vintage and historical gliders.
The museum also administers the National Landmark of Soaring program to recognize people, places and events which are significant in the history of motorless aviation.

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  • We were blown away by the extensive collection and presentation of information. It is high quality. An upscale museum with modern decor. In addition to gliders, there are miniature dollhouses on....  more »
  • This is a unique collection for Soaring and aviation enthusiasts. It houses a special collection of gliders and sailplanes as well as being a memorable educational location.  more »
  • What a beautiful place! We enjoyed the video that explained how soaring came to be and how Elmira was chosen. The scenery was breathtaking. The woman who was in charge of the museum was so pleasant and informative. We want to go back.
  • Admittedly I'm a bit of a nerd and I love a well put together museum. This place is well organized and founded in far more history than I had even considered may be possible. The displays are well put together and the staff are both knowledgeable and very kind. This place is a gem. And to boot, the view from the museum is breathtaking. I'll recommend this place to just about anyone. This museum does good justice to a unique and fascinating part of our history and that of flight.

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