Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sevierville, Tennessee Museum of Aviation

The Tennessee Museum of Aviation opened in Sevierville on December 15, 2001. This is a 50,000 sq ft facility, located beside the runway of the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (KGKT). Airworthy Warbirds are the foundation of our collection, which makes this a very unique location for visitors to enjoy unscheduled flight demonstrations. Docents are available to assist visitors on a leisurely walk through our 35,000 sq ft hangar, observing a variety of magnificently restored Warbirds and offering a glimpse at some future projects waiting for restoration. We are a "living" museum, therefore our exhibits and aircraft change frequently. Bring your family to reminisce with veterans willing to share their memories with the next generation. This is a hidden treasure of the Smoky Mountains, and is certainly worth a visit for any aviation enthusiast.

Historic aircraft frequently visit the museum. Several touring aircraft provide visitors with walk-through tours as well as a way to ride along on a historic flight.  As soon as our  "Special Events" are confirmed, dates and information will be posted on our web-site. 

You can browse the museum's air-conditioned exhibit gallery. A 52 foot "Wave Wall" not only traces aviation history from before the Wright Brothers, it includes the timelines of Military Aviation History and Tennessee Aviation History. The family can explore by touching the Faith and Courage exhibit, paying tribute to U.S. Military Chaplins from World War II through the present.  The exhibit gallery includes the General Jimmy Doolittle Medal of Honor, along with thousands of historic artifacts, and Tennessee's Aviation 

The FLYING SPIRIT GIFT GALLERY is packed with gifts and souvenirs for the entire family. You'll find a vast selection of aviation books; adult and children's flight jackets; collectible die-cast models; aviation art; a large assortment of patches and pins; aviation t-shirts of all sizes; plus a unique variety of original vintage aircraft parts. This is probably the largest and most remarkable selection of aviation gifts in the Southeast.  Several of our more popular gift items can be purchased on-line through our shopping cart. 

By visiting our website at Tennessee Museum of Aviation you can sign up for our newsletter, check on events, and learn more about the exhibits.  This is sure to be something different as a hands on exhibit awaits your family this Smoky Mountain Vacation! 

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