Where To Start
You will want to reserve one to three hours for your visit with Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum visit. Each of the exhibition buildings are accessible and have parking available. Minimal walking is required, and wheelchairs are available. Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under our covered pavillion. Vending machines are available for purchasing bottled soft drinks.
The Museum displays a wide variety of vintage aircraft, ultralights, experimental homebuilts, air racers, military, aerobatic and factory-built aircraft from all eras. The aircraft are supplemented by an interesting collection of engines from 1909 to the present day.
The Museum exhibits include the Howard Hughes Aviation Collection, Florida Aviation History, Florida Aviation Hall of Fame, Lakeland in WWII, Rockets and High Speed Flight, Air Racing and Aerobatics, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart Artifacts, and multiple Flight Simulators.
The Buehler Restoration Skills Center included in the admission to Aerospace Discovery is open Monday-Friday and only when volunteers are actively working on aircraft restoration projects. These aircraft are usually being prepared for display in the museum or perhaps even a return to flight! Museum visitors may observe their work and talk with these talented craftsmen about the current project underway. Please check with the Museum receptionist regarding hours of operation during your planned visit.The Buehler Restoration Skills Center is staffed by volunteers, please call ahead of your visit to determine that days hours of operation.
Aerospace Discovery at The Florida Air Museum Library and Archives houses a collection of more than 6,000 aviation books, 27,000 magazines and 40,000 photos, providing the basis for a future historical research center. Although not regularly open to Museum visitors due to extremely limited space, those with a particular interest may contact Librarian Milt Voigt in advance to arrange access for research. For more information or to make arrangements to visit the Aerospace Attic, please call 863-644-2431.
Gifts of Flight
The gift shop features a large selection of aviation-themed merchandise including unique apparel, t-shirts, jewelry, gifts, books and pilot supplies. The gift shop, located inside Florida Air Museum, does not require admission to visit. Gifts of Flight features a large selection of aviation-themed merchandise including SUN ‘n FUN, When Pigs Fly South, and other unique aviation apparel including jewelry, gifts, books and pilot supplies. Did you know that “Unfreeze your bird” The History of SUN ‘n FUN is only available at Gifts of Flight?