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Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum re-experienced

22 October 2012

Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum re-experienced

The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum — located in Titusville FL and neighboring the Kennedy Space Center — continues to revamp, expand and please.

Grumman F4F Wildcat in the  main lobby of the Valiant Air Command Museum — photo by Joseph May

Along with the new hangar there is much more to enjoy. The Grumman F4F Wildcat, on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum, is now in main entry lobby which is a vast improvement, I think, as it makes a statement to the visitor the moment entry is made — this museum is in it for major league play.

28º 31′ 05″ N / 80º 47′ 40″ W

Recently the museum built a new hangar to exhibit Vietnam War era (post Korean War) aircraft. A room along the eastern hangar side displays post Korean War artifacts, many of them international in origin. Happily, the hangar is filled to the brim with aircraft. Seen on this visit: OV-10 Bronco, UH-1 “Huey”, T-28 Trojan, F-101 Voodoo, F-8 Crusader, A-7 Corsair II, F-105 Thunderchief, TA-4 Skyhawk, A-6 Intruder, MiG 15 “Midget”, MiG 21 “Mongol”, the Czech made Aero L-39 Albatross and S2F Tracker. There is more to see in the main hangar including the newly arrived F/A-18 Hornet along with a mix of the modern and the antique. Photography angles are limited, quite limited on some aircraft, but all aircraft can be walked around as well as under to better sense their size as well as to inspect their details — something increasingly rare to experience in larger museums. This is an especially great museum to take children — as well as veterans and enthusiasts.

North American T-28  Trojan in U.S. Navy trainer livery at the  main door of  the new Vietnam Hangar of the Valiant Air Command Museum — photo by Joseph May

The Restoration Hangar is also a hub of activity (ask a docent to escort you into it) with engine repair work on the flying veteran of D-Day Tico Belle (Douglas C-47 Skytrain) as well as work on several other aircraft which include a: Grumman F7F Tigercat, McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Grumman TBM Avenger (close to completion) and English Electric Canberra (just starting).

The main hangar continues to house several aircraft, many which have active flight status. Seeing reviews of the museum as well as the aircraft on exhibit, including the main museum review, published previously is easily done by typing “Valiant” into the search window and selecting ENTER.

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Our sincerest thanks go to Mr. Todd Brown for his considerable technical and logistical assistance in the making of this visit.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol Wateski permalink
    3 April 2013 15:48

    I see you have a T-28 in your collection. I’m part of a veterans committee in LaCrosse, WI. trying to locate one to put in our Veterans Freedom Park to honor the Lao vets who flew them during Vietnam and helped our down pilots. I only need the shell of a T-28, canopy, and propeller. The display would be high enough that people wouldn’t know if the engine or seat is there. If you have any around or know where I can contact someone please let me know, I’ve been looking for years to find one of these planes.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      6 April 2013 09:25

      What a wonderful project you have in mind. I will contact the museum for you in a separate email 🙂

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      21 April 2013 07:34

      Hello and thanks so much, Carol. We’ve contacted the museum for you (the aircraft is housed there and is not mine). The aircraft is not theirs either but we have contacted them since they are such resourceful people.

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