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A List of Airplane Museums in North Carolina.

Home of the first airplane flight
at Kitty Hawk.

North Carolina is nicknamed the Tar Heel state.   The population of North Carolina is 6,658,000 people, number 10 of the 50 states, its capital is Raleigh and its largest city is Charlotte.  The land area of North Carolina is 48,718 square miles, number 29 of the 50 states, its highest point is Mount Mitchell, 6,684 feet.  The Wright Brothers made the first heavier than air flight of the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk on one of the barrier islands.  The Wright Brothers performed many tests before their first successful flight and all the budgeting and finance had to come out of their own pockets.  You can visit Kitty Hawk at the Wright Brothers Memorial location below. 

 Air & Aircraft Carrier Museums  North Carolina Airplane Museums.

Air and Aircraft Carrier Museums plus the Wright Brothers Museum. 

Orville Wright lived from 1871 - 1948 and his brother Wilbur Wright lived from 1867 - 1912. 
They were the worlds first successful airplane engineers and made the first flight at Kitty Hawk North Carolina on December, 17th, 1903.  Even though there were a small number of airplanes which made powered flights before the Wright Brothers, none of them were controllable.  Therefore the Wright Brothers received the credit for the first controllable powered, heavier than air flight.  There was another reason that they received credit that was not very well known.  They received credit because they had organized documentation in which, where anyone that was handy with tools, the airplane could be reconstructed and flown.   The fact that the Wright Brothers were able to not only perform their own tests but build the airplanes themselves helped their personal budget where someone who wasn't as handy would have bankrupted themselves before ever getting off the ground.

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The last updates on the museum listings were added 18 Jan 2011
Due to legal changes in Illinois, I will not be updating this list until further notice.
These museums change their information and locations very often.
Please try to contact the museum before you try to visit it, it may not be there anymore.

   82nd Airborne Division Museum 
Bldg. C-6841 Ardennes St.
P.O. Box 70119
Ft. Bragg, NC. 28310

Updates thanks to Pat Carry
About 7 Aircraft

  Carolinas Aviation Museum
The museum is located at Charlotte Douglas   International Airport (4108 Airport Drive), Charlotte, NC 28208.  Phone is   (704) 385-4882.
Hours of operation:
Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM
Monday-Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

The museum has three flying aircraft:  Piedmont Airlines DC-3 and two  OV-1Ds.  In addition a three-place 1940's State Airline Bellanca 14-9L  and a SNJ Texan are being restored to flying condition.

Static aircraft include the Wright Glider (full size replica), D558-1  Skystreak (1 of 3 built), KC-97 cockpit, OV-10 Bronco, F-101 Voodoo,   F-102 Delta Dagger, A-7 Corsair II, A-4 Skyhawk, T-28 Trojan, F-84 Thunderjet, BT-17 Stearman, UH-1 Huey (two), HOS-3 Dragonfly, V_333 Skycat,  T-2A Buckeye, CH-34 Choctaw, AH-1J Seacobra, CH-3E Jolly Green Giant,  Kaman HOK-1, Gyrodyne QH-50 Dash, Midget Mustang, Regulas Missile, Honest   John Missiles, Mercury Capsule (full size replica), and more.    Presently total ~35 aircraft.  Coming soon; F-4 Phantom (Currently being de-milled)

Updates thanks to Pat Carry

About 45 Aircraft


Eastern Carolina Aviation Exhibit
201 Tourist Center Drive
Havelock, NC. 28532
Info thanks to Pat Carry
About 5 Aircraft


Dare County Regional Airport Museum
Dare County Regional Airport
410 Airport Rd.
Manteo, N.C. 27954
Phone 252-475-5570
Located in the airport terminal
Info provided thanks to Tim Gaylord
About ? Aircraft


Hickory Aviaton Museum
Hickory Airport
North Carolina
Phone 828-323-1963
Info thanks to Pat Carry
About 9 Aircraft


North Carolina Aviation Museum
Formerly called the Peddycord Foundation for Aircraft Conservation (PFAC)

2222-G Pilots View Road
Asheboro, NC. 27204
Located at the Asheboro Airport just off of Hwy 49 west of the city
Info thanks to Pat Carry
About 11 Aircraft
The museum is named the Peddycord Foundation for Aircraft Conservation (PFAC) in honor of our founder, Mr.Jim Peddycord who was killed along with his son while practicing for our annual airshow four years ago. Ours is a flying museum and houses the following:  B-25 Mitchell (finishing up from a 3 year restoration), TBM Avenger, T-6G Texan, BT-13, PT13 Stearman, C-45 (military Beech 18), Cessna O-2, Cessna L-19 and a French Broussard.  The non-flying a/c are a F-84F and a J-2 Piper.  (The Piper IS flight worthy, but is one of the last of 49 once built by Piper in the early 1940's and called "Flitfires" as a play on words against the sleek and graceful Spitfires then winging over England. It was part of a war bond drive and was actually flown by Orville Wright towards the end of his career.)  This one stays on the ground!!

We also have numerous display cases of authentic military uniforms, weapons, flags, etc. that have been donated by museum members and visitors as well !  We are located at the Asheboro Airport just off of Hwy 49 west of the city.  The telephone # is (336) 625-0170 and the hours are 9a-4p Mon.-Sat. and 12n-4p on Sun.  Admission is 5. for adults and there is a discount for Sr. citizens and veterans.


     North Carolina Museum of Life and Science 
433 Murray Ave.
P.O. Box 15190
Durham, NC. 27704
919 220-5429

Info thanks to Pat Carry
About 2 Aircraft

  Wright Brothers National Memorial 
Rt. 1 Box 675
Manteo, NC. 27945
919 441-7430


     The Western North Carolina Air Museum 
P.O. Box 2343

Hindersonville, NC. 28793

Info thanks to Pat Carry
About 18 Aircraft




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Wright Flyer Scale Model

In celebration of the Centennial of Flight, we are proud to introduce you to this, our finest model ever! Truly museum-quality, this is a 1/5 scale model of the 1903 Wright Flyer I that made aviation history. With an 8-foot wingspan and a length over 4 feet, it is not for the casual enthusiast. Rather, this is for the connoisseur who wants the very best! Individually hand-built, features of this display piece include a museum-quality dummy engine with working linkages and turning propeller, hand rigging and metal turnbuckles, fabric covering, working pilot sling and much more! Perfect for your home entryway, business lobby... anywhere it can be admired for years to come! Arrives in two cartons and requires 2-4 hours of assembly.
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