Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
Aviation enthusiasts and hobbyists will be able to find all they dream of and more at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport in Horseheads, New York. Previously known as the National Warplane Museum, the centre is dedicated to the memory of the brave pilots who fought wars for freedom, and the machines that assisted them in their missions. History is preserved within the walls of the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, and welcomes visitors of all ages to explore and discover aviation through its interactive and educational exhibits.
Each year, the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center hosts a variety of aviation related events for the public to enjoy, but also accommodates personal events, military reunions and tour groups. The exhibits within the centre detail numerous historic events, but there is also a vast collection of aircraft, such as fighter planes, transport aircraft and scout planes, for visitors to marvel at, some dating as far back as 1919. Some of the airplanes are in the process of being restored, others are only for exhibition purposes and a small number offer visitors the opportunity to take a ride in one of these historic wonders.
For the adventurous visitor who wants to take to the skies there a few aircraft to select from, some being military airplanes, whilst others were used by civilian pilots. The aircraft used for visitor rides include a SNJ (AT-6) Texan, N2S (PT-17) Stearman and a PT-19 Cornell. In the collection visitors will find a variety of aircraft that are airworthy, but are only used for display purposes. Look out for the Stinson L-5 Sentinel, Mikoyan MiG 21Fishbed, McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee and Westland HAR10. Fascinating replicas, missiles and automotive displays can also be seen. Another great feature of the centre, over and above its extensive aircraft collection, is the flight simulator exhibit. Here, visitors will see how pilots are trained, with a Fresca 125 Helicopter, HotSeat Flight Simulator, C-97 Flight Engineer Training Station and Singer General Aviation Trainer simulators on display.
The Wings of Eagles Discovery Center is a wonderful attraction for the entire family to enjoy, and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4 pm, and from 12 pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit this memorable museum and be transported through the history of aviation into modern technology and the latest aviation discoveries.