Top Gun In Your Own Back Yard!

Hickory, NC

Are you ready for an exciting adventure? Join us on a trip to the Hickory Aviation Museum, a hidden gem nestled at the Hickory Regional Airport. This fascinating museum is a treasure trove of aviation history, and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Step inside the Hickory Aviation Museum, where you’ll be greeted by a captivating collection of artifacts and memorabilia. From the early days of aviation to the present, their exhibits cover it all. Marvel at the models showcasing the evolution of aircraft design, from the Wright Flyer to the mighty F/A-18 Hornet.

But that’s not all! Prepare to be inspired by the Wall of Honor, a touching tribute to both local veterans and members of the museum. Take a closer look at ejection seats, flight suits and explore displays dedicated to military heroes from the Hickory Metro area. Uniforms, helmets and precious mementos from significant conflicts like WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Kuwait will transport you back in time.

As you wander through the museum, your eyes will be drawn to a familiar sight—the iconic F-14 Tomcat, made famous by the movie “Top Gun.” Get up close and personal with an actual aircraft that once soared through the skies, evoking memories of Goose and Maverick. Don’t miss the chance to sit in the cockpit of another F-14, generously rescued from a scrapyard, and experience the thrill of being a fighter pilot!

Operated by dedicated volunteers, including military veterans, the Hickory Aviation Museum is a labor of love. They are constantly working to expand their offerings and create an even more immersive experience for visitors. In fact, they are preparing to build a new building as part of the exciting Aviation Walk project!

To make this dream a reality, the museum seeks sponsors and donors to support their construction efforts. By visiting and donating to this remarkable institution, you are helping preserve history and educate future generations. Remember, admission is free, but your generous contributions ensure the museum’s continued success.

Come, let your imagination take flight at the Hickory Aviation Museum!

Hickory is a wonderful place for visitors! We have great food, furniture shopping, fantastic pottery, our local Hickory Crawdads baseball, and more!

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