I saw a Groupon for this museum a few weeks ago and decided to hop right on it since I hadn’t been in several years. The Frontiers of Flight Museum is located right next to Love Field Airport (home of Southwest Airlines), and it packs any and everything involved in aviation into 100,000 square feet.
I decided to go last weekend, on June 6th, because they were commemorating the anniversary of D-Day. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge museum-goer and assumed that I’d be in and out, but I really enjoyed all of the exhibits and the history.
I started with the space exhibits, which had tons of information on the work of NASA and different missions.
They had a lot of things to see and touch, but my favorite thing was watching the old footage of real space missions, like Neil Armstrong walking on the moon for the first time. It was amazing.
The next section I moved to was Army and Navy aircraft. I took a few pics, and had some fun while I was at it too.
The next section is where I really started to get into the museum. They had an entire section dedicated to POW’s and the history of different wars as they related to aviation. It was both moving and incredibly interesting. Real maps, photos and footage make history so much more real than a textbook. This was my favorite part by far.
One thing I definitely wasn’t aware of was the involvement of women in aviation during World War II. They were involved enough to get their own mascot created by Walt Disney. Apparently she was a gremlin that went by the name Fifinella. She was originally designed to be part of a movie based on one of Roald Dahl’s books, but the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) received permission to use her as their official mascot.
I’m going to try and find a book on WASP because everything I saw at the museum was so interesting. I could ramble on quite a bit about all the war history, but instead I’ll leave you with a few more aircraft photos.
Oh! I almost forgot about the progression of flight attendant and pilot gear over the years.
There was also a great display of Southwest Airlines history with tons of photos and a kids play area. If you live in Texas, you probably know SWA has an incredible history. If not, the exhibit explains it all in a fun visual way.
General Information on Frontiers of Flight Museum
You can find ticket prices, location and operating times on the website here: http://www.flightmuseum.com/.
This is a great place to check out whether you’re with friends, by yourself or taking family. My friends that are new to Dallas enjoy visiting, and my grandpa loves to go for the history. There’s also enough to keep kids busy, which I know my friends with kids would appreciate.
And now I’m off to search for that book on WASP!
Have you ever been to the Frontiers of Flight Museum? What’s the best museum you’ve ever been to?