Sunday, September 4, 2016

Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum, Maryland Heights

Location: Creve Coeur Airport- 3127 Creve Coeur Mill Rd, Maryland Heights MO 63146


Adults cost $10, kids under 12 are $5, and kids under 5 years old are free.  I would call before you go, as they have seasonal hours. During the school year they are only open on the weekends.

Why is it called Creve Coeur Airport if it's in Maryland Hgts??? Well it gets its name from nearby Creve Coeur Lake.  They are a non profit and have over 50 antique planes in 4 separate hangars.

We saw about 6 different planes take off, the kids loved watching them!

 You can sit here and watch the planes take off and land and they also have a porch swing and patio outside.

The tour guide takes you through the hangars one by one and tells you about some of the more interesting planes. He was 19 years old and you could tell he was really passionate about aviation. I only know this because I asked how long this museum had been here and he said he was 19 and it had been here since he was little because he loved coming here with his grandpa as a kid.

My daughter brought her Planes book, she's obsessed with planes and even had a 3rd birthday Dusty Crophopper party.

These little planes are RC planes

In the 3rd hangar there is a plane the kids can climb in. This made the trip for them. They LOVED sitting in the cockpit acting like they were flying.

My daughter figured out how to make the ailerons go up and down. It blew their minds. 

This is an old Cardinal baseball team plane!

In addition to old planes they have some old cars too. 

This is the only time they'll ever be in a Mercedes I'm sure.

This old game was a huge hit. It's like an arcade game from the 1950's. You make the helicopter fly around and you try to hit certain targets. They could have played this all day.

This plane was in the Robert Redford movie of the same name, and also appeared in the Rocketeer.

Spinning the propellor

If you have kids who like airplanes I think they would enjoy this place. There are a few other options around town for airplanes but I think this is the best one. There is the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum in Cahokia, and the Prologue Room in Berkeley. But both of those places are mostly planes you can't touch or play in which is boring. Every year an air show comes to town also, usually at Scott Air Force Base or at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield.

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