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Western Museum of Flight

Western Museum of Flight, located in Los Angeles, CA, is a large museum with a collection of over 100 aviation-related artifacts. The Western Museum of Flight holds a special place as it is the first aviation museum in the world, having been opened to the public in 1981.

In an effort to make aerospace education available to everyone, the Western Museum of Flight operates at no charge to visitors and offers daily tours every half hour.

The Western Museum of Flight's collection includes a replica of the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer, an Enola Gay B-29 bomber, and a number of World War II bombers such as the Douglas SBD Dauntless (which sank four Japanese aircraft carriers at Midway) and the North American TBF Avenger (the torpedo bomber responsible for sinking the Japanese super-battleship Yamato and many other ships).

Western Museum of Flight Exhibitions

The Western Museum of Flight is responsible for many acclaimed exhibits, including "Wings of Valor," which is an ongoing presentation displaying World War II aircraft. Large artifacts at this exhibit include a Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber and Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber.

Western Museum of Flight also presents an ongoing aviation art exhibition, "Trail of Wings," which showcases the diverse work of over 70 artists from around the world.

Other exhibits include a 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction, a Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, and a TF-104G Starfighter trainer.

Western Museum of Flight Facilities

The Western Museum of Flight consists of both indoor and outdoor displays. With a collection as large as that of the museum, it is no wonder that some exhibits require more room than the indoors can provide. The Museum has plenty of space available outside and contains two hangars full of jet planes and fighter aircraft.

The other outdoor part of the museum is a mock street scene, with classic cars and other vehicles. By using both indoor and outdoor displays, the Western Museum of Flight can display its aircraft without sacrificing any space for them.

Western Museum of Flight also has a flight simulator available to the public free of charge. The flight simulator is a modern computer program that allows people to experience flying without ever leaving the ground. The flight simulator at Western Museum of Flight is easily one of the most popular things on display, yet it does not take up any space inside the museum.

Western Museum of Flight Details

The Western Museum of Flight is an aviation museum located at Zamperini Field, the municipal airport in Torrance, California. WMOF is operated by the Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation.

Located in: Zamperini Field

Address: 3315 Airport Dr, Torrance, CA 90505

Phone: (310) 326-9544

Function: Museum

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