By Deb Flomberg
There are a lot of museums dedicated to the preservation of locomotives and locomotive history. However, did you know that there is also a museum in southern California that is dedicated to the world of the aircraft and its place in history? A visit to the Western Museum of Flight is the perfect way to get to know the different type of airplanes and the many ways they’ve been used throughout history.
One step into the Western Museum of Flight and you may be overwhelmed with the many different planes on display. You’ll be able to check out a North American F-86, which was the first swept-wing airplane in the United States fighter plane history. Or visit Jack Northrop’s JB-1 “Bat,” one of only three known to exist in the world. See a 1955 RP-71 Falconer, a 1942 C-3, or the BD-5 Sport Plane, built from a kit and restored to resemble the same plane that was flown by James Bond in his film “Octapussy.” In addition to all the aircrafts to peruse, you can also check out many piston and jet aircraft engines including a 1967 McCulloch Corp 270 five cylinder radial engine and a General Electric gas turbine. There is also an extensive exhibit of model aircrafts, with more than 300 different models, wind tunnel models and scale models to browse.
When you plan your trip to the Western Museum of Flight, be sure to check the schedule of upcoming events as well, and you may be lucky enough to catch one of its signature Celebrity Lecture Series, a must for any true aviation fan. Then swing by the gift shop and pick up a few souvenirs to remember your fun trip to this fascinating museum.
There is really only one way to make this trip perfect, and that is to start off in the 2013 ML63 AMG SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. It’s the best way to enjoy your ride to the museum while still allowing you plenty of room for all your friends and family, plus a bit extra to take home a souvenir or three. All your guests will thank you for driving as they sit back and relax in pure Mercedes-Benz luxury on their way to a memorably afternoon.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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