Tennessee Aviation Museums

There are many aviation and airplane museums around the United States. It would mostly likely take a lifetime and a fortune to travel to every single one. It doesn't mean that you cant try though!

In these pages you will find a list of aviation museums by state. Each museum contains a description, location, and various other military history museums you can find nearby. Milsurpia has been created for the military history enthusiast and wants to make finding these gems easier. This list of has been archived together as a community. If you notice a museum missing or would like to contribute information, please feel free to reach out and submit it!

To submit a museum or organization for consideration please contact us. Photos and descriptions of locations will not be listed without expressed consent.

Aircraft Parking

Private pilots take notice! Airplane museums around the country are available for you to fly into. Many of the museums in the below aviation museum directory allow private pilots to park for free at their facilities. When you are planning your next flight out, think about checking out one of these museums and supporting the community. Be sure to check the website and / or call ahead for proper parking and taxi instructions.

Event Planning

Another great thing about aviation museums is those wide open hangars! Many of the below museums offer their hangars for events. Consider checking them out and renting a hangar for your next event.

Hixson, TN

Skyraider at Tennessee Museum of Aviation

Airworthy "Warbirds" are the foundation of this 50,000 sq ft facility. The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is located on the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge Airport (GKT) in Sevierville. This unique location helps to bring aviation history to life as vintage aircraft are sometimes seen performing unscheduled flight demonstrations. While at the museum, spend time browsing the Exhibit Gallery. Aviation enthusiasts and history buffs will appreciate the professionally designed displays. The Exhibit Gallery contains artifacts tracing aviation and military history, uniforms, aircraft models and hundreds of aviation memorabilia. Explore the touching Faith and Courage exhibit, paying tribute to U.S. Military Chaplains from World War II through the present. An exceptional 52-foot "Wave Wall" traces significant milestones in the history of aviation from before the Wright Brothers, including timelines of Military Aviation and Tennessee’s remarkable contributions to aviation. The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is Tennessee’s official repository and archive of aviation history. As you enter the Aircraft Hangar, the bright well-lit interior creates an impressive atmosphere. The 35,000 sq ft hangar features aircraft engines and cockpits, military vehicles, and magnificently restored vintage “Warbirds.” Among the number of aircraft within the museums’ hangar, the two Republic P-47 Thunderbolts will almost certainly leave a sense of admiration, as there are less than a dozen of these World War II fighters remaining in the world, and the Tennessee Museum of Aviation has two airworthy P-47 Thunderbolts in their collection. Another outstanding aircraft is the airworthy Douglas A-1H Skyraider, complete with battle scars received from its service during Vietnam. The museums’ collection of trainers, fighters, helicopters, jets and amphibious aircraft will definitely satisfy the interest of “Warbird” fans. - FLYING SPIRIT GIFT GALLERY ... A visit isn’t complete without taking home a souvenir. The Flying Spirit Gift Gallery has a huge selection of aviation books, adult and children's flight jackets, collectible die-cast models, caps, posters, model kits, aviation art, a large assortment of pins and patches, aviation t-shirts of all sizes, and a unique variety of original vintage aircraft parts. It would be hard to find a more remarkable selection of aviation gifts in the Southeast. Whether you’re a seasoned pilot or just have a passing interest in flight, the Tennessee Museum of Aviation is a must-see while visiting the Great Smoky Mountains. Travel off the beaten path and explore the fascinating realm of flight at this hidden treasure. (This description was provided courtesy of the Tennessee Museum of Aviation)