“preserving the stories of courage, character and patriotism”
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force preserves for all Americans the stories of courage, character & patriotism displayed by the men & women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to present.
We went to the museum two days ago, and it was our second visit. We visited three years ago on a Savannah trip, but wanted to see if the B-17 was filled restored now. The museum is beautifully done, and very interesting even if you are not educated in aviation. The WWII section at the beginning contains interesting tidbits and a helpful outline of how the events unfolded through the late 30s-mid 40s. Be sure to go through the three theatre experience of being briefed, the maintenance of the fighter planes, and flying the plane. The only real downfall of the museum is that there is so much information that if you spend a long time reading every word at the start, you will be very uninterested at the end. Which is a real shame considering they now have a wonderful women in aviation area at the end of the museum. Definitely worth your ticket price.
I have always been interested in the history of the 8th Air Force because my Father was in the 554th group based in Ipswich, England during WWII.
He was shot down on his 13th mission on Easter Sunday April 1944. He fortunately survived to spend 13 months in Stalag XVII.
Of course, this museum pays tribute to him as a war hero as well as to all those who paid the ultimate price and were not as fortunate as my Dad to return home, enjoy life and raise a family.
Thank you “Mighty Eighth” for not letting us forget the price that was paid by these men for our Freedom !
Lots of things to see and a great outdoor area to stretch your legs after a long drive.
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National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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