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Kissimmee Air Museum

18 August 2010

Kissimmee Air Museum

28º 17′ 41″ N / 81º 26′ 47″ W

This is the type of museum I enjoy the most. Little in the way of formality, volunteers diligently creating displays and keeping aircraft in top shape, as well as the intimacy of being able to get close enough to touch the airplanes there.

Model of Northrop P-61 Black Widow — photo by Joe May

This museum has a relaxed vibe to it — quiet and professional — everything is clean and well cared for. The single hangar is packed with aircraft and displays, with about a fourth of the area devoted to White 1 Foundation workspace. They are currently restoring a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Butcher Bird). A post on what I saw of this restoration work will publish within a week’s time.

Fw 190 restoration specialists, the White 1 Foundation — photo by Joe May

Back to the museum — it is a delight for children and enthusiasts since the aircraft are simply on a hangar floor without protective barricades. They are somewhat packed in together, which severely limits photography angles, but kids especially will enjoy following a meandering route among the aircraft. I couldn’t get decent photo angles of most of the aircraft there so, instead of photographing, I enjoyed myself by wandering around and looking at them, down into the cockpits, noting the details of scuff marks indicating how the pilots entered and exited each airplane.

Bright yellow North American SNJ trainers from the WW II era are spotted at the hangar door. Rides are offered in them so they need to be handy.

North American SNJ awaits a customer — photo by Joe May

A helicopter in a tiger stripe motif stood out as did a MiG-17 cockpit as well as engine. Outside stood a Fouga Magister — a unique and elegant twin jet.

Fouga Magister in Israeli Air Force (זרוע האוויר והחלל) markings — photo by Joe May

Detail of the Magister’s empennage — photo by Joe May

There is no café but excellent restroom facilities and gift shop. Arriving at the museum is quite easy as it is only minutes from Disney World. The museum is on Hoagland Road, on the western side of the Kissimmee Gateway Airport — but most folks not driving into Kissimmee will likely use Tampa International Airport, Orlando International Airport or the Orlando Sanford International Airport.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 18 August 2010 09:17

    Great shots! These are magnificent planes.

  2. Marty Davis permalink
    18 August 2010 13:33

    I’d like to see you examine and discuss the Fouga Magister. That seems like a very interesting aircraft. Is it Israeli-made?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 August 2010 15:14

      Hi and thanks.

      Yes, I can address the Magister a bit and can post something in a week or so. It’s a French design, originally manufactured by Fouga. The late 1950s saw Fouga bought by Potez (also of France and why some say Fouga-Potez or Potez Magister) and the Fouga name evaported in the early 1960s.

      J

  3. 18 August 2010 14:45

    Great post on one of our local attractions! 🙂

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