February 23, 2015 | Leave a Comment
Located along the South Third Street, just three acreages east to the Missoula Airport, Museum of Mountain Flying preserves and interprets the history of mountain flying in not only the city of Missoula, or the state of Montana, but that of the entire Northern Rockies. The museum was brought to life in 1993 by the arduous efforts of three gentlemen, namely Stan Cohen, Dick Komberec and Steve Smith.
Many tourists who visit, or are planning for a visit to, different locations in Montana might not know that the state is the birthplace of mountain flying. The Museum of Mountain Flying, thus, acts as a major reflector of origin story of mountain flying. Tourists can find appropriate vintage aircrafts like C-a5 and DC-3, memorabilia, artifacts and photographs since the birth of mountain flying in late 1920s to the early 1970s.
The museum also stores historical documents concerned with mountain flying including personal narratives, diaries, official documents and framed articles from newspapers, magazines along with books. Tourists can also listen to tape recordings and watch motion picture clips, all of which are ingredients of mountain flying history.
At the hangar of the Museum of Mountain Flying, tourists can find a gift shop full of exciting souvenirs and a library preserving books related to aviation. The museum also hosts a number of aviation events every year including air-shows, memorial events and dinners. Visitors can also reserve the museum for any such occasions.
Tourists from all over the world visit the Museum of Mountain Flying all round the year. One of the pleasant facts about the museum is that it has no paid employees. Whoever the tourists find helping them around in their exploration and answering to their questions are those local volunteers who’ve chosen to serve the museum at the cost of just getting the chance to present an important section of their native land’s history to the world, the history of mountain flying.
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