National Museum of Commercial Aviation, Forest Park

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The National Museum of Commercial Aviation is the nation's first comprehensive airline industry museum in the United States. It is located in Forest Park, Georgia, just south of Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It was founded in 2006 by Executive Director & Chief Curator Grant Wainscott. It is a public 5013 not-for-profit organization, and is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees, chaired by Captain Chuck Maire Jr. The NMCA is a collaborative effort between the non-profit Museum, local and regional governments, and hundreds of business, aviation and community partners throughout the country.
In 2003, a group of retired airline employees and civic leaders met to discuss creating a lasting legacy to the commercial airlines that helped make Atlanta home to the busiest airport in the world. From this initial conversation, a national movement was born, resulting in what is now known as the National Museum of Commercial Aviation (NMCA).
The NMCA is the first comprehensive airline industry museum in the United States, and is poised to become the nation's premier center for airline history and research, attracting visitors from around the globe. It is being designed to become a major tourism attraction and economic generator for the region, and to serve as a cultural and educational amenity for residents and visitors alike. The Museum will take a broad look at all aspects of the airline industry, not just one particular airline or airport, covering everything from the birth of the airline industry to modern labor relations; from air mail to air cargo; highlighting every job in the industry and its value. Most importantly, it will preserve the artifacts and stories of the men and women who built the industry to what it is today. In 2007, after years of research and planning, the Museum selected and subsequently announced south metro Atlanta as its permanent home, followed by a major operating grant award from Clayton County, Georgia to assist with planning, research & other operating needs. As a result of growing public demand, and interest from the aviation community, the first Interim Headquarters & Research Air-Chive was opened in Forest Park, Georgia in March 2008. The Interim H.Q. was designed to act as both temporary museum and sales center to give the public an idea of what to expect further down the road, and immediately became a success.
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  • I visited on a Thursday and I was the only visitor. Richard showed me around and it was so interesting! The museum is run mostly by volunteers and it really deserves more attention. It is rather...  more »
  • My husband came across this on groupon while on our anniversary vacation. It was $5 for adult admission. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about the airlines. It was incredible! Ray was...  more »
  • Very nice museum and displays. Highly recommended for all...not just us "plane nuts" :)

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