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Hickory, North Carolina: Hickory Aviation Museum

Some indoor displays, but mostly a decent collection of old military aircraft parked tightly together on a tarmac where you can walk around, touch, and occasionally sit in. You can't ask for much more than that from a small aviation museum.

3101 9th Ave. Drive NW, Hickory, NC
Northwest edge of the city. From US-321 turn west at the stoplight onto Clement Blvd NW/9th Ave. Drive NW and drive 1.5 miles to the airport and museum.
Tu-F 10-3, Sa 10-4, Su 1-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Donations greatly appreciated.
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Curtiss XF15C-1

Hickory Aviation Museum

A small aircraft museum with displays from major museum donors sits in a city airport in western North Carolina. Many volunteers are on hand to guide visitors around the displays. Major aeronautical hardware in an unexpected place -- quite the treat -- including a one-of-a-kind Curtiss XF15C-1 "Stingeree." Half propeller and half jet, it used both during the transition between the two engine types. Only three were built: one crashed, the other was scrapped.

[Jody High, 09/20/2023]

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