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Carolinas Aviation Museum

Hours

Closed
Sun
1PM-5PM
Mon-Fri
10AM-4PM
Sat
10AM-5PM

Location

Southwest Charlotte

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Carolinas Aviation Museum’s How Things Fly

Students (first through eighth grade) begin their visit with a lesson about the science behind flight, during which they will learn the parts of the plane and the four forces that allow for air travel. Each student gets the chance to take the controls of a Cessna 150. The tour concludes with an overview of the passengers’ role in aviation safety, which comes alive for students as they sit in an Airbus 320 life raft at the Miracle on the Hudson exhibit.

Length of Experience: 1 hour
Group Size: 10−30 students
Availability: For a reservation to be finalized, a nonrefundable deposit or a purchase order is required. The deposit will come out of the total and is not an additional charge. Payment must be made by one person upon arrival.

Carolinas Aviation Museum’s Miracle on the Hudson

While learning about the events of the US Airways Flight 1549, “The Miracle on the Hudson,” high school students will learn how advances in technology and remarkable teamwork between organizations ensured the survival of all passengers that day.

Length of Experience: 1 hour
Group Size: 10−35 students
Availability: For a reservation to be finalized, a nonrefundable deposit or a purchase order is required. The deposit will come out of the total and is not an additional charge. Payment must be made by one person upon arrival.

Carolinas Aviation Museum’s History and Technology Tour

Learn the history behind the first flight and experience the technology that makes flying the safest way to travel. As part of a three-station rotation, students (fourth through eighth grade) will learn about how the Wright Brothers used the scientific method, attempt to fly the Wright Flyer Simulator, handle the controls of a Cessna 150 and learn about US Airways Flight 1549, “The Miracle on the Hudson,” as they experience sitting in a life raft from an Airbus 320.

Length of Experience: 1 1/2−2 hours
Group Size: 60−120 students
Availability: For a reservation to be finalized, a nonrefundable deposit or a purchase order is required. The deposit will come out of the total and is not an additional charge. Payment must be made by one person upon arrival.

Carolinas Aviation Museum’s Self-Guided Tour

Explore the wonders of flight at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, home to the iconic “Miracle on the Hudson” plane Capt. Chesley Sullenberger flew to safety in 2009. Military, commercial and civil aircraft, flight simulators, helicopters and more tell the story of aviation, cataloging technology innovations from the Wright brothers’ Kitty Hawk flight through today.

Length of Experience: 1 hour
Group Size: Minimum 10 participants
Availability: No deposit is required. Payment must be made by one person upon arrival. The accountant will handle all billing and invoicing. An invoice will be created and emailed to the group; you can make the payment via check or online. The deposit is due within two weeks of receiving the deposit invoice.

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Betty Jo Cheek

a week ago

A little hard to find due to airport construction. Very good place to spend an afternoon. Needs more marketing. Miracle on the Hudson plane exhibit was awesome. Kids and adults love the free simulator for landing a plane. Gift shoppe a lil pricey. Places to sit.

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Daniel Thomas

3 weeks ago

This place has something for everyone! My daughter loved getting in the cockpits. My only complaint is how hot it was in the hangar. Would've spent a lot more time in there if it was cooler.

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Bryce Hosseini

a month ago

There's plenty of great stuff to see here. Highlights include the famous Miracle on the Hudson Airbus A320 and a beautiful Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3. Be sure to spend some time exploring the Boeing 727 and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II cockpits.

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David Barbeau

2 weeks ago

Various civilian and military aircraft are displayed in a hanger, and the showpiece is the US Air passenger plane that sucessfully emergency landed in the Hudson River. There is a wealth of information regarding all the people and events surrounding this water landing in which no lives were lost! The plane had just taken off from NY and flying birds destroyed both engines, causing the immediate unplanned river landing. A Wonderful visit and learning experience!

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Michael Carden

a month ago

Everyone here was amazing and nice. For a small hanger, I was amazed how many jets the put in there and how they placed everything. The class was really cool and the gift shop had a lot of nice things to remember your great experience. My son was and still excited about his visit.