Warbird Air Museum
6600 Tico Road, Titusville 32780
Admission: Adults $12, children (4 to 12) $5, military and seniors (55+) $10, plus tax; group and family rates are available
Hours: Daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day
Location: On SR 405, on the way from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center, via routes 528 and 407; from I-95, take Exit 215
The Valiant Air Command is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving historic aircraft and, not incidentally, putting on some smashing aerial demonstrations. This small museum, located on the grounds of the Space Coast Regional Airport, shows off their collection when it’s not airborne. An anteroom to the hangar contains a grab bag of military and aviation memorabilia, most of it from World War II. There’s a little bit of everything, from propaganda posters, to uniforms, to weapons and war trophies, to model airplanes. Overhead hangs a replica of a 1907 Epps Monoplane. Your interest in all this will no doubt depend on your personal connection to the subject matter.
In the hangar, however, just about everyone will find something worth oohing and aahing over. While there are a few WWII planes, the bulk of the collection dates from the fifties. The collection changes from time to time but there will be enough Dakotas, Messerschmitts, Wildcats, Crusaders, and Hueys to keep the military aircraft buff happy. There’s even an F-5 once used by NASA in attempts to break the sound barrier. If seeing all these planes makes you itch to get airborne, that can be arranged thanks to Warbird Flights, a separate company operating out of the Warbird Museum. Their services are described in Chapter 16: Moving Experiences.
Nearby: Astronaut Hall of Fame, Enchanted Forest, Kennedy Space Center, Police Hall of Fame.
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