Tennessee Museum of Aviation

Tennessee Museum of Aviation Located on the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (KGKT) in Sevierville, making it possible for our WARBIRDS to bring aviation history to life.

The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is located on the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (GKT) in Sevierville. The exhibit gallery is filled with hundreds of historic artifacts; along with a 52 foot "Wave Wall" tracing aviation history, Military Aviation History and Tennessee Aviation History. Explore the touching Faith and Courage exhibit, paying tribute to U.S. Military Chaplins. The FLYING SPIRIT GIF

The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is located on the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (GKT) in Sevierville. The exhibit gallery is filled with hundreds of historic artifacts; along with a 52 foot "Wave Wall" tracing aviation history, Military Aviation History and Tennessee Aviation History. Explore the touching Faith and Courage exhibit, paying tribute to U.S. Military Chaplins. The FLYING SPIRIT GIF

Operating as usual

09/06/2021
As Gold Star families are laying their loved ones to rest, please remember those hurting in your thoughts and prayers.We...
09/02/2021

As Gold Star families are laying their loved ones to rest, please remember those hurting in your thoughts and prayers.
We thank you for your Service & Sacrifice...
--Marines--
Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo
Sgt. Nicole L. Gee
Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover
Cpl. Hunter Lopez
Cpl. Daegan W. Page
Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez
Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza
Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz
Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum
Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola
Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui
--Navy--
Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak
--Army--
Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss

**Please keep comments respectful and not political**

As Gold Star families are laying their loved ones to rest, please remember those hurting in your thoughts and prayers.
We thank you for your Service & Sacrifice...
--Marines--
Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo
Sgt. Nicole L. Gee
Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover
Cpl. Hunter Lopez
Cpl. Daegan W. Page
Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez
Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza
Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz
Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum
Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola
Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui
--Navy--
Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak
--Army--
Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss

**Please keep comments respectful and not political**

Let's send Birthday messages to Lt Col Jim Nolan, USAF, ret. Jim has just turned 100‼️ He was a B-17 Commander in the 40...
08/27/2021

Let's send Birthday messages to Lt Col Jim Nolan, USAF, ret.
Jim has just turned 100‼️
He was a B-17 Commander in the 401st BG who flew 29 missions (didn't make 35 because the war ended). He went on to become one of the first pilots in USAF helicopter Search and Rescue in the H-5 and H-19. His family will show him the posts this weekend, thanks to all who are able to participate!
OUR PAGE HAS 8000+ FOLLOWERS ... YOU CAN HELP MAKE THIS A VERY SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR
🇺🇸 LT COL JIM NOLAN 🇺🇸
BY POSTING A BIRTHDAY MESSAGE

MARK YOUR CALENDAR ---In collaboration with Old Guys and Their Airplanes, Military Tales will be hosting a YouTube Live-...
08/13/2021
The Unchained Eagle

MARK YOUR CALENDAR ---
In collaboration with Old Guys and Their Airplanes, Military Tales will be hosting a YouTube Live-Stream event:
On Saturday, 28 August 2021, Vietnam Veteran, and former Prisoner of War (POW), Col Robert Certain, USAF (Ret) will be featured in a live-streaming Q&A. The moment is part of the award-winning historical documentary series produced by Old Guys and Their Airplanes (OGTA) and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFCS).
Viewers who participate via the Military Tales YouTube channel and South Dakota Public Broadcasting streaming service will also have the opportunity to send questions to Col Certain during the interview. The event will be hosted and stream-sourced from Blue Skies of Texas retirement community (formerly known as Air Force Village).
We invite you to watch and participate. If you cannot watch the live event, as with all Military Tales videos, this presentation will be available on Military Tales YouTube Channel for replay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwLjoLIijQM

VIETNAM WAR FORMER POW TO GIVE LIVE Q&A INTERVIEW ON CRUCIAL BATTLESchools, museums and groups are encouraged to hold Watch Party of event(Sioux Falls, SD) —...

Are you ready to take an epic road trip? Follow the link -> https://goldenflakeroadtrip.com/ to enter the Golden Flake G...
08/09/2021

Are you ready to take an epic road trip?
Follow the link -> https://goldenflakeroadtrip.com/ to enter the Golden Flake Great Southern Road Trip. Maybe you will win a trip to @Visit Sevierville or have a chance to win great road trip worthy pork skin snacks from Golden Flake.

The Sevierville Trip Includes:
--Two-night stay at Comfort Inn Apple Valley
https://comfortinnapplevalley.com/
--Family four pack of tickets to:
***RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo
https://www.rfadventures.com/
***Sevier Air
https://sevierair.com/
***Tennessee Museum of Aviation
https://www.tnairmuseum.com/
--$100 Voucher for Collier Restaurant Group
https://collierrestaurantgroup.com/

Are you ready to take an epic road trip?
Follow the link -> https://goldenflakeroadtrip.com/ to enter the Golden Flake Great Southern Road Trip. Maybe you will win a trip to @Visit Sevierville or have a chance to win great road trip worthy pork skin snacks from Golden Flake.

The Sevierville Trip Includes:
--Two-night stay at Comfort Inn Apple Valley
https://comfortinnapplevalley.com/
--Family four pack of tickets to:
***RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo
https://www.rfadventures.com/
***Sevier Air
https://sevierair.com/
***Tennessee Museum of Aviation
https://www.tnairmuseum.com/
--$100 Voucher for Collier Restaurant Group
https://collierrestaurantgroup.com/

Longtime Volunteer, Don Campbell earned his final set of wings Thursday, August 5, 2021.  Don was a significant member o...
08/06/2021

Longtime Volunteer, Don Campbell earned his final set of wings Thursday, August 5, 2021.
Don was a significant member of our Volunteer Team for nearly 10 years. He was spotlighted as an event host and tour guide. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of aircraft, along with his personal insight and experience during the Vietnam War.
Don was an Air Force Veteran, flying various aircraft throughout his 21 years of service (1958-1979). His 118 combat missions, as a fighter pilot, in the F-100 Super Sabre was his most treasured. Don was a very humble man, always saying he was honored to have had the chance to service in Vietnam.
Don Campbell leaves behind wife Kay along with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Please keep the Campbell family in your thoughts and prayers.
We can only say "Heaven must have needed a Hero" as we say good-bye.
We salute you Sir
You will be missed
https://youtu.be/PJtjjhBUtFQ

07/14/2021
Lt Hampton Tillery

Yesterday was a special day for the museum and the family of Hampton Tillery, as he was reunited with his A-1H.
A young Air Force Lt Tillery flew #139665 in Vietnam. At that time, in 1970, he added "Pumpkin Pie" as the nose art.
Although, Hamp didn't get to see #665 in the air ... he was able to hear the engine start once again, sit in the cockpit and sign the interior of the speed break.
🇺🇸 WELCOME HOME SIR 🇺🇸

Have a safe 4th of July
07/03/2021

Have a safe 4th of July

Have a safe 4th of July

While taking A-1 cockpit photos... we had a ghostly image of the rudder pedal. Makes you wonder how many lives were save...
07/01/2021

While taking A-1 cockpit photos... we had a ghostly image of the rudder pedal.
Makes you wonder how many lives were saved by the young men who sat in this cockpit.

While taking A-1 cockpit photos... we had a ghostly image of the rudder pedal.
Makes you wonder how many lives were saved by the young men who sat in this cockpit.

YOUTUBE LIVE-STREAM EVENT:Watch through this link:  https://youtu.be/O04I6nBgvbU  2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time in Sevie...
06/25/2021

YOUTUBE LIVE-STREAM EVENT:
Watch through this link: https://youtu.be/O04I6nBgvbU
2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time in Sevierville, TN

(Tucson, AZ) — On Saturday, June 26, the 390th Memorial Museum of Tucson, Arizona will be hosting a special event featuring the story of a WWII veteran’s last combat mission directly from the man himself.
Col. Richard Bushong, a highly decorated veteran of WWII and the Vietnam War, will detail the final mission he flew to Augsburg, Germany on April 13th, 1944.

Col. Bushong’s last combat mission was especially harrowing because the B-17 he was piloting, Belle O’ the Brawl, was damaged by flak, causing it to lose power to two engines as well as experience significant systems loss. In those moments of danger, Col. Bushong called on all his training and courage, ultimately safely landing his plane at the 390th Bomb Group’s base in Framlingham, England. While the experience was terrifying at points, all ten crewmembers walked away from the mission unharmed.

“With so few remaining WWII combat veterans, we’re in a full-court press to get these opportunities out to the public,” explained 390th Memorial Museum Executive Director Alex Wright. “This is true American history you can learn from someone who made it. That’s a terrific opportunity for all.”

Col. Bushong’s story will be followed by a public unveiling of the specially commissioned artwork depicting Belle O’ the Brawl as she was that day in April 1943. The event will close with a question and answer session for Col Bushong and the artwork’s creator, John Mollison. Mollison, an aviation artist, and film personality, designed the artwork using 390th Memorial Museum resources as well as a network of historians and subject experts around the country. Col. Bushong has signed a very limited number of prints that will be sold to benefit the 390th Memorial Museum.

The “Last Combat Mission” event will begin at 11:30 am; Arizona Time the public is invited to attend in person but the event will also be live-streamed via the 390th’s Facebook Live and YouTube platforms.

Watch through this link: https://youtu.be/O04I6nBgvbU
2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time in Sevierville, TN

YOUTUBE LIVE-STREAM EVENT:
Watch through this link: https://youtu.be/O04I6nBgvbU
2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time in Sevierville, TN

(Tucson, AZ) — On Saturday, June 26, the 390th Memorial Museum of Tucson, Arizona will be hosting a special event featuring the story of a WWII veteran’s last combat mission directly from the man himself.
Col. Richard Bushong, a highly decorated veteran of WWII and the Vietnam War, will detail the final mission he flew to Augsburg, Germany on April 13th, 1944.

Col. Bushong’s last combat mission was especially harrowing because the B-17 he was piloting, Belle O’ the Brawl, was damaged by flak, causing it to lose power to two engines as well as experience significant systems loss. In those moments of danger, Col. Bushong called on all his training and courage, ultimately safely landing his plane at the 390th Bomb Group’s base in Framlingham, England. While the experience was terrifying at points, all ten crewmembers walked away from the mission unharmed.

“With so few remaining WWII combat veterans, we’re in a full-court press to get these opportunities out to the public,” explained 390th Memorial Museum Executive Director Alex Wright. “This is true American history you can learn from someone who made it. That’s a terrific opportunity for all.”

Col. Bushong’s story will be followed by a public unveiling of the specially commissioned artwork depicting Belle O’ the Brawl as she was that day in April 1943. The event will close with a question and answer session for Col Bushong and the artwork’s creator, John Mollison. Mollison, an aviation artist, and film personality, designed the artwork using 390th Memorial Museum resources as well as a network of historians and subject experts around the country. Col. Bushong has signed a very limited number of prints that will be sold to benefit the 390th Memorial Museum.

The “Last Combat Mission” event will begin at 11:30 am; Arizona Time the public is invited to attend in person but the event will also be live-streamed via the 390th’s Facebook Live and YouTube platforms.

Watch through this link: https://youtu.be/O04I6nBgvbU
2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time in Sevierville, TN

06/25/2021
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Actually too hot for this... but, it was needed.
Blowing the dust off after a few minor maintenance tweaks.

THANK YOU Amanda !! (Sevierville Chamber of Commerce)WJHL - News Channel  11   Johnson City, TNDAYTIME TRI-CITIESAmy Lyn...
06/22/2021
Family Fun in Sevierville

THANK YOU Amanda !! (Sevierville Chamber of Commerce)

WJHL - News Channel 11 Johnson City, TN
DAYTIME TRI-CITIES
Amy Lynn Jun 16, 2021

Family Fun in Sevierville
(WJHL) Amanda Marr, of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce tells us about their recent honor by Airbnd ranking the area one of the most wish-listed destination worldwide.
For more information visit www.VisitSevierville.com

(WJHL) Amanda Marr, of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce tells us about their recent honor by Airbnd ranking the area one of the most wish-listed destination worldwide.For more information visit …

Don' forget Dad this year - remember to stop by the Flying Spirit Gift Gallery for a Father's Day gift.....Hats, T-shirt...
06/17/2021

Don' forget Dad this year - remember to stop by the Flying Spirit Gift Gallery for a Father's Day gift.....
Hats, T-shirts, coffee mugs, shot glasses, pins, patches, books, models, Hawaiian shirts and one of a kind gifts
Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

Don' forget Dad this year - remember to stop by the Flying Spirit Gift Gallery for a Father's Day gift.....
Hats, T-shirts, coffee mugs, shot glasses, pins, patches, books, models, Hawaiian shirts and one of a kind gifts
Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

http://www.dday.org/It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitlers d...
06/06/2021

http://www.dday.org/
It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitlers dream of N**i domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men. After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for the Allied Forces, it all came down to this: The boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs. Many of the first young men (most not yet 20 years old) entered the surf carrying eighty pounds of equipment. They faced over 200 yards of beach before reaching the first natural feature offering any protection. Blanketed by small-arms fire and bracketed by artillery, they found themselves in hell.When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties; more than 4,000 were dead. Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, Fortress Europe had been breached.
http://www.dday.org/history/d-day-the-invasion/overview
Historic news broadcast:
https://www.dday.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ddaynews.mp3

http://www.dday.org/
It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitlers dream of N**i domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men. After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for the Allied Forces, it all came down to this: The boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs. Many of the first young men (most not yet 20 years old) entered the surf carrying eighty pounds of equipment. They faced over 200 yards of beach before reaching the first natural feature offering any protection. Blanketed by small-arms fire and bracketed by artillery, they found themselves in hell.When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties; more than 4,000 were dead. Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, Fortress Europe had been breached.
http://www.dday.org/history/d-day-the-invasion/overview
Historic news broadcast:
https://www.dday.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ddaynews.mp3

During the A-1 annual maintenance, Jeff had several panels removed ... giving us access to hidden areas.Amazing to see t...
06/01/2021

During the A-1 annual maintenance, Jeff had several panels removed ... giving us access to hidden areas.
Amazing to see the wiring, hoses, pulleys, cables, reservoirs and tubes underneath the panels.

Memorial Day is for honoring and mourning the men and women who have died in the performance of their military duties wh...
05/29/2021

Memorial Day is for honoring and mourning the men and women who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. All Americans should always remember these brave service members who answered our Nation’s call to serve and fought for our freedom.
The Missing Man Table represents the emotions and feelings reserved for those who did not come home.
The table is round, to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and women.
The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
The single red rose; displayed in a vase, reminds us of the lives of these Americans and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith while seeking answers.
A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate; captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted, symbolizing their inability to share a toast.
The chair is empty, the seat that remains unclaimed at the table.

Memorial Day is for honoring and mourning the men and women who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. All Americans should always remember these brave service members who answered our Nation’s call to serve and fought for our freedom.
The Missing Man Table represents the emotions and feelings reserved for those who did not come home.
The table is round, to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and women.
The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
The single red rose; displayed in a vase, reminds us of the lives of these Americans and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith while seeking answers.
A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate; captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted, symbolizing their inability to share a toast.
The chair is empty, the seat that remains unclaimed at the table.

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135 Air Museum Way
Sevierville, TN
37862

General information

The Tennessee Museum of Aviation is an independently operated non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to preserving aviation history, maintaining and exhibiting historical aircraft and advancing aviation education. Admission: General - $12.75 Senior - $9.75 (60+) Children (6-12) - $6.75 (under 6 admitted free) Veterans - $8.75 (ID required) Admission Desk: 865-908-0171 ext 27 Flying Spirit Gift Gallery: 865-908-0171 ext 27 Discounted Group Sales School Field Trips Welcome Annual Events WINTER HOURS -- Dec 1 - Feb 28 Tues-Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm Closed: Sunday & Monday

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm

Telephone

(865) 908-0171

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WHERE HISTORY LIVES!

WHERE HISTORY LIVES! 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.


  • EXHIBIT GALLERY ... 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.

  • AIRCRAFT HANGAR ... 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, collectable 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.
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    Kim and I were married this past Tuesday --- by a policeman! Yes, we really do support law enforcement everywhere.
    Outstanding displays great aircraft history.
    This place is incredible! The staff are so friendly! Could easily spend a whole day here!
    Yankee Lady.
    Enjoyed our visit today.
    Yankee Lady on her revenue flight 10/27/20
    For my friend Neil.
    Thank you for your honorable, brave service -- our NJ classmate, Lt. Col. Robert J. Vorgetts, USAF (Ret.) et al.
    I must have really gotten OLD 🙄 -- I was in and around Sevierville 6 days last week and didn't make it to the Museum even once. Shame on me. I'll be sure to get there when I return to Sevierville and Pigeon Forge for a few days over the Christmas holiday.
    may be awhile before coming back
    Here's a video/slideshow of "Lieutenant America" flying this morning.
    Here's my video/slideshow of A-1H Skyraider "Lieutenant America" flying today.