Smaller museums usually focus on a single topic or a certain time in history. These museums can be more affordable, personal, and make the perfect day trip. One of those museums is the Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth.
The museum is home to over 20 restored military aircraft from WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It’s a unique place because it doubles as a working hangar. The planes here are routinely flown and kept in working condition by a group of volunteers. Many of the planes in the hangar will be receiving repairs or routine maintenance.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the museum to see the planes. Most of the planes include a display about their history and their important role in the military. Mechanics, veterans, pilots, and other volunteers are on-site to answer any questions you might have. There are also rooms with military artifacts and a gift shop. The museum is a non-profit organization and relies on private donations to keep the aircraft operational.
The volunteers are the reason the museum is so special. They go out of there way to make sure visitors have a good experience. You can tell right away, they have an extreme passion for these planes and their historical significance. The volunteers love to share their knowledge and stories about the aircraft. Feel free to ask them any questions you might have.
This place is a must-stop for anyone who enjoys history,
The Vintage Flying Museum is located on the north side of town, not far from the Fort Worth Stockyards. It’s situated on the southeast end of Meacham International Airport, not far from Loop 820.
When you reach 38th Street, drive until the street ends at the facility. Then drive around the corner to reach the front of the museum that faces the runway of Meacham Field. Visitors are free to park anywhere in front of the buildings.
Beginning of the Tour
When you begin your tour, there are two rooms connected by a hallway. The rooms are not big, but they are loaded with wall-to-wall displays of model planes, military artifacts, and authentic uniforms and flight suits.
The walls are filled with vintage posters and pictures. There are also plaques, photos, and other displays that honor some of the brave pilots that flew these aircraft. These items provide a nice introduction to the planes you will see in the hangers outside.
There are 2 hangars where the planes are stored and worked on. The larger hangar is the main hangar of the museum.
Inside the main hangar are fully operational aircraft or planes undergoing routine maintenance. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the entire building. A smaller hangar next door contains planes undergoing major repairs. The doors to the smaller hangar are usually closed for safety reasons, but a volunteer will gladly provide you a tour of the planes inside.
The main hangar contains some amazing, fully-restored aircraft like the Douglas A-26K attack bomber above. Even though some of these planes are over 50 years old, many of them are flown on a regular basis.
Some of the aircraft here are extremely rare. The B-17 Flying Fortress is one of the few remaining planes in the world.
If you’ve never been inside an airplane hangar, you’ll be amazed at how big it is. The ceiling is so tall, they can literally hang planes from the ceiling.
The Vintage Flying Museum is an authentic place. You’ll see airplane parts and specialized tools at different workstations.
If a plane is being worked on, its engine or other parts of the aircraft might be exposed. This gives you a detailed view of the inner workings of a military plane.
Navigating through the hanger, you’ll see something interesting at every turn. Here are a few more photos of what you might see during your trip.
The Vintage Flying Museum provides a personal and educational experience you won’t find in most cities. You could easily spend 1 to 2 hours here checking out the planes and the exhibits, depending on how long you talk with the volunteers.
|Address:||505 NW 38th St.|
Hangar 33 South
Fort Worth, TX 76106