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National Museum of World War II Aviation
July 15 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm
The National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs documents the role that military aviation played in the emergence of our nation as a world power during the Second World War. Through a combination of its aircraft collection and other exhibits, the museum tells the story of our nation’s tremendous technological advancements during the war that were essential to the success of the Allied war effort.
The museum displays a wide array of fully restored aircraft that represent all aspects of America’s involvement in World War II. Most of the aircraft are meticulously restored to flying condition, and many are flown at air shows. (For those who shared our visit to the museum back in 2019, the new hangar has since been completed and many aircraft that were in storage are now on display.) The visit also includes the WestPac Restorations facility which is adjacent to the museum.
WestPac Restorations is a premier World War II aircraft restoration and maintenance facility. WestPac is a highly specialized FAA-certified repair station that includes paint facilities, a prop shop, and a full service metal forming shop. WestPac has been closely affiliated with the museum since its inception, and allows public access to its facility through the museum’s docent-led tour program.
We plan to take the10:30 AM tour which includes WestPac Restorations. We’ll meet at Cabela’s sporting goods located on the southwest side of the intersection of
I-25 and Ridgegate Parkway in Lone Tree. We’ll leave at 9:00 AM and convoy down to the museum which is located on the south side of Colorado Springs. Please note that there is an admission fee of $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors. The guided tour costs an additional $5.00. While the tour isn’t required, it’s highly recommended.
As an optional extension to the museum visit for us aviation junkies, lunch will be available at “The Airplane” restaurant adjacent to the Radisson Hotel which is near the museum. The restaurant is built in and around a 1950’s era Air Force KC-97 Stratotanker airplane like the one flown by ZCCC member Steve Robertson.
Contact Andy Mortenson if you have any questions.