Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
40° 12′ 07″ N / 75° 08′ 23″ W
The Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum is a brief drive from Philadelphia and a pleasure to visit. What is not to like about a building with state-of-the-art architecture and Convair Sea Dart? There is so much more to experience with so many aircraft displayed on the perfectly kept grass grounds, displays within the building (including a Pitcairn Mailwing) and dozens of superb models constructed by Joe Smith (his work is professional in caliber). Posts reflecting aircraft in the museum will be published over the near term future.
The museum has two primary foci:
- Harold Pitcairn and his work with aircraft, autogiros and aviation manufacture in the area
- Aircraft of the U.S. Navy which is especially fitting as the museum property adjoins a navy air base
Restroom facilities are available as is a large covered picnic area though take care to plan as the museum hours are somewhat restricted. Docents are informed and motivated though one advised they begin clearing the museum of visitors 45 minutes prior to closing (the museum is open 4–5½ hours depending on open days so check their website for the hours)—meaning a gentle reminder will be given to late arrivals leaving plenty of time to complete the visit. An hour or two is enough time for most to enjoy the museum’s offerings at an unhurried pace while the grassed grounds and picnic area invite longer stays as well as opportunity for children to burn off calories. Our thanks to the museum’s editor for clarifications and corrections.