The other big kid-pleaser of the museums (along with the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, above), this popular facility has more than 60 aircraft on display, providing an overview of aeronautical history from hot-air balloons to spacecraft. It emphasizes local aviation history, particularly the construction here of the Spirit of St. Louis; there's also a motion simulator ride that puts you at the controls of an F-22 fighter jet. The museum is housed in a cylindrical hall built by the Ford Motor Company in 1935 for the park's second international expo. The imaginative gift shop stocks items such as old-fashioned leather flight hoods and new-fashioned freeze-dried astronaut ice cream. Allow at least an hour for your visit.
- © Frommer's 2013
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