If man were meant to fly, he would have been born with wings, just as if he were meant to eat pineapples whole, he would been born with a garbage disposal for a throat. Celebrate those who’ve defied the natural order with today’s Groupon to the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, located near Lake Hood. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get adult admission for two plus flight-simulator use (up to a $20 value).
- For $30, you get a family membership (a $60 value).
With five hangars full of history, the Alaskan Aviation Heritage Museum honors Alaska’s frontier spirit with an impressive collection of classic aircraft. Explore the annals of aeronautical history through the museum’s many educational exhibits, three mini theaters, and more than 20 classic aircraft, including a 1928 Stearman, a 1929 Hamilton bushplane, and wreckage of the 1924 Douglas World Cruiser Seattle, which was one of the four planes launched in the first successful aerial circumnavigation of the globe. After admiring winged antiques, visitors can man the cockpit of the flight simulator, which features digital renderings of many of the aircraft in the museum’s fleet and allows people to experience the joy of slicing a cloud's body in half. A free shuttle service ships patrons to and from Anchorage International Airport.
Along with free admission for immediate family members, today’s membership option includes a 15% discount in the museum’s gift shop, 10% off facility rentals, and use of the flight simulator. The membership will run through the rest of this year and end December 31, 2012. Check the museum’s website for information on seasonal hours.
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum takes visitors on a flyby of the the state's aeronautical history. The vast facility—composed of five hangars of planes and exhibits, a restoration hangar, and three theaters—covers aviation history from the early days of flight to modern military aviation. More than 20 vintage aircraft can be found throughout, including a 1931 Fairchild Pilgrim 100B, a 1943 Grumman G44 Widgeon, and a 1981 Boeing B737-290C. Meanwhile, the museum's spot on the south shore of Lake Hood—the busiest seaplane base in the world—gives visitors a glimpse of modern planes in action.
Anchorage International Airport
4721 Aircraft Dr.
Anchorage, Alaska 99502Get Directions