Join us on Saturday, September 17th to celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day! Daily admission will be free for all ages. No pre-registration or tickets are required. Our hours of operation will be from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We’ll see you there!
We are excited to announce that the Florida Air Museum and Explorations V (soon to be renamed the Florida Children’s Museum) have partnered to create a discount for our members! Florida Air Museum members will receive 10% off of a membership to Explorations V and members of Explorations V will receive 10% off of a
Join us on June 19th, 2022 as we celebrate Father’s Day! Dads will receive free admission with the purchase of 1 Adult or 1 Youth admission. Our hours of operation on Father’s Day will be from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Piper-Fuller field was built and dedicated in 1926 as the city’s first dedicated airport and featured three grass runways in the heart of the lower Pinellas Peninsula. Built by H. Walter Fuller as an amenity for his Jungle Club subdivision, the Piper-Fuller field saw many firsts for the city of St. Petersburg. During its dedication
Just over a decade after Wright Brother’s first flight at Kittyhawk, North Carolina, aviation had yet to find practical use. Barnstormers traveled the countryside in search of passengers but the airplane and allure of the adventurous goggled pilots who flew them were still a mere novelty to the public. But as Antony H. Jannus and
The air was calm and the sun was starting to creep down towards the horizon as Howard Robard Hughes donned his signature hat and carefully stepped into the cockpit of his newly constructed reconnaissance aircraft, one of two Hughes XF-11 bearing serial number 44-70155. Designed by Hughes and his team to fly high-speed reconnaissance missions,
Over the course of the second world war, the number of military bases on the Floridian peninsula skyrocketed from 12 to nearly 200 as the Navy and Army Air Corps began to train pilots over the sandy beaches and thick pine forests of the Sunshine State. The military had such a great need for pilots
The fledging City of Kissimmee in Osceola County was barely 25 years old when aviation started to spread like wildfire across the world’s imagination. Of course, only eight years had passed since the Wright’s 1903 flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina when Kissimmee City Attorney, Patrick Alexander Vans Agnew, took a trip to France. Returning
The world’s first wireless transmission from an aircraft occurred over West Palm Beach, Florida in February 1911 with John Alexander Douglas McCurdy at the controls. J.A.D. McCurdy was a Canadian aviation pioneer and is credited with being the first British subject in the Empire to fly an aircraft in 1909, as well as being the
Captain Dale Mabry was one of Florida’s very first aviation heroes. Due to an impressive family tree and a drive to experience flight, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Army’s 10th Balloon Company during the First World War. He came home to Tallahassee after the war, where he was promoted to Captain. This promotion