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Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of FlightLocated in Polk City, FL between Lakeland and Kissimmee, Fantasy of Flight is more than an aviation museum calling itself an “Aviation Attraction.” One of the first things that makes it stand out is how the facility is arranged. When you enter the museum you feel as if you are walking though the history of aviation. The first few exhibits are arranged as a walk-through diorama starting with the birth of aviation and ending with a US Army Air Corp base where you can walk through a B-17. Upon exiting the B-17 diorama you enter the main hangar holding nearly 40 vintage aircraft with a centerpiece of a rear Short Sunderland flying boat. Read More…

Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum

Located just west of the main entrance for Kennedy Space Center, the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum (VAC) is in its self a hidden gem. The museum is not located right next to the 405 but just a short half-mile drive through the trees on Tico Road. VAC is located on the ground of Space Coast Regional Airport (KTIX) where you can taxi right up to the Warbird Ramp making for a fun flying destination.

As you can guess from the name of the museum, the focus is on warbirds, in fact they only have one non-warbird in their collection, a Stuart 51. The VAC has an impressive collection of US Navy aircraft including an F-14 Tomcat, F-18 Hornet, F-8 Crusader, and A-6 Intruder.

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Being Present at History

On a cool dark night the Aeroseums team gathered along with 40+ other lucky invites to witness history, the final touchdown of a Space Shuttle. We had been selected as part of NASA PR’s new program called a NASA TweetUp. This event selected 50 people randomly from applications submitted over the social networking service Twitter. The people selected where from all walks of life; educators, IT, bloggers, engineers, and so on. We all shared one thing in common, an excitement about space.

After a long set of flights from Appleton (KATW) to Orlando (KMCO) then a drive to the space coast we hit out hotel only long enough for a short nap and get the electronics ready. Next up was short drive to the PR office at Kennedy Space Center, a long wait hanging out with some cool space junkies and the bus ride out to the landing site. All in all about 3 hours of waiting and constantly thinking and reminiscing about the Space Shuttle program then knowing that very shortly we would be present at a moment in history.

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