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Southeast Michigan

Aviation Museum

Discover a Southeast Michigan gem: the Michigan Flight Museum! The Museum is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with rare historical aircraft ranging from World War I to the Gulf War. Visit today and get inspired by the hands-on interactive STEM exhibits, educational tours, unique aviation artifacts, and more!

Things to See

Current Exhibits

At the Michigan Flight Museum, you’ll discover a diverse array of exhibits. While some are permanent fixtures, others grace our halls for a limited period. Stay tuned for exciting updates as our dedicated team continuously curates fresh displays to enhance your museum experience. 

WOMEN ANSWER THE CALL

Women Answer the Call exhibit tells the dynamic history of how ordinary American women joined the war effort to help the US win the war. Millions of women rolled up their sleeves and got to work. This exhibit features hands-on riveting stations and several other interactive displays.

VIETNAM WAR EXHIBIT

This exhibit is focused on the Vietnam War and highlights some of our main Vietnam-era aircraft, including the F-4C Phantom II.

WORLD WAR II EXHIBIT

Come see our exhibits and displays relating to WWII – Norden and Sperry bombsights, a B-24 cockpit and top turret, a B-24 instrument panel, a Link Trainer, and exhibits relating to the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASPs (Women Air Service Pilots).

WORLD WAR I EXHIBIT FEATURING THE SPAD XIII

This exhibit features a WWI era fighter aircraft, the SPAD XIII. This aircraft was built entirely by hand over the course of several years by a dedicated crew of volunteer

DEEP LANDINGS

This exciting, new immersive exhibit tells the story of the danger, sacrifice and determination of US Naval and Marine aircraft carrier pilots from World War II to present day. Try your hand at being a carrier pilot taking off and landing on one of the flight simulators, including a new Virtual Reality simulator!

THE TUSKEGEE EXHIBIT

This exhibit features a historical look at the Tuskegee Airmen, from its inception to today, as well as artifacts from real men who flew with the famous Red Tails.

MICHIGAN’S AMBASSADOR IN BLUE: A THUNDERBIRD STORY

This exhibit focuses on the life and career of Col. Doug Roach, a Hometown Hero of Romulus, MI who went on to become a distinguished Air Force pilot and flew with the USAF Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team.

KC-135 COCKPIT

Ever wonder what it takes to fly an aircraft? Come sit in the pilot’s seat of a KC-135 and see all the instruments that a pilot has to use on the job.

SIMPLE MACHINES IN AVIATION

This exhibit allows visitors the chance to explore how the Five Simple Machines, such as the lever, pulley, and wheel, can operate in a complex machine such as an airplane. The O-2 Skymaster is the example aircraft used in this exhibit.

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David B
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A great place to see some of fantastic WWII aviation history. The docents are very knowledgeable and the static displays are very well done with a focus on Willow Run’s contribution to the air war.
Mark B
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Our volunteer guide Dennis was excellent. He devoted lots of time for just the two of us. The displays pertaining to the home front in ww2 were the highlight of the visit for me.
Robert M
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There is always something new going on at this place and children can get a chance to get up close with old aircraft and jets.
Kamran A
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Amazing people work at this location. They were very friendly and hospitable. Made this mini museum trip enjoyable. Good for families with smaller children.
Donna S
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We learned so much about Rosie the Riveter and so many other things. The kids did the simulator. They had staff that could answer any questions. I'm glad we finally got to visit it.
Maxim S
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Went there with the family 5yo and 9yo. Great morning trip. Welcoming crew. Displays with artifacts are super interesting, great collection.
Richard K
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The airplanes and other exhibits were greatly enhanced by the extremely knowledable docent. He provided a great deal of interesting and revevent information. His knowledge was matched by his enthusiasm. The exhibits included World War II military uniforms and pictures. Spend some time here.

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The Michigan Flight Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industries, and their associated technologies while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments.

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