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College Park Aviation Museum.

College Park Aviation Museum

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College Park, Maryland

This small, Smithsonian-affiliated museum is at the world's oldest continually operating airport, which opened in 1909 when Wilbur Wright arrived to provide flight instruction to America's first military aviators. Airplanes on display date back to 1910. Among the many firsts at this site: the first woman in an airplane (as a passenger), and the first bombs dropped and machine guns fired from a plane.

College Park Aviation Museum.

One of the museum's airplanes -- and they're all old airplanes here -- was the first open-cockpit biplane to reach the North Pole. Another, from the 1920s, is the world's first helicopter, although the museum notes that it was "unable to perfect a safe and smooth landing." The 1910 Wright Model B was the first airplane with wheels.

College Park Aviation Museum.

College Park Aviation Museum

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD
From Campus Drive turn north onto Corporal Frank Scott Drive. Follow signs a quarter-mile to the museum.
Daily 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5.
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