FHCAM is a truly unique experience. With 26 aircraft and over 25 vehicles to inspire guests, there is plenty to see within the nearly 75,000 sq. ft. of expansive exhibit space. If interested, docents are available to walk you through the hangars and explain each artifact and its role in history.
Visitors will find military artifacts from the United States, Britain, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Japan on rotation in our working hangars. Each item on display has been restored with unparalleled authenticity in an effort to replicate the original state of each machine when it was first utilized, including the mechanical systems, paint schemes, and markings. The aircraft, vehicles, and artifacts on display at FHCAM are a testament to the engineering skill and enduring human spirit exhibited during the world conflicts of the 20th century.
We invite you to join us in learning more about the stories of these remarkable machines and the brave individuals who flew and operated them. Come and be a part of this living history at the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum—exploration awaits you!
The FHCAM collection is housed inside three hangars: Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie, which span across a 9-acre complex, covering approximately 110,000 sq ft. Here are highlights of each hangar that you can look forward to exploring!
The evolution of science and technology follows a continuous pattern in Alpha Hangar. Museum guests can feel intervals of progress interrupted by surges of rapid change, as technology accelerates between 1935 and 1945, during World War II. Guests will discover over a short time span how a rapid development in technology transitioned from wooden and canvas biplanes to advanced all-metal jets.
Accompanied by larger-than-life illustrations that showcase the edges of innovation by major combatant countries (USA, UK, USSR, Germany, and Japan) leading up to and during WWII, guests are greeted by a B-25J Mitchell. This bomber salutes the entryway, providing a remarkable first impression of the collection. It offers a glance into the fidelity of the restoration process across the entire collection. As visitors pass the B-25 they will see a chronicle of the “Night Witches” and their Polikarpov Po-2 biplane. This exhibit tells the harrowing accounts of this fearsome female force.
Guests will find their way to an educational and interactive video wall that examines in-depth content on eight (8) wars that were important to the United States: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.
This light-filled walkway leads guests into War at Sea and Combat theaters, which highlight the five principal theaters of combat in World War II – Pacific Theater, Western Front, Eastern Front, Mediterranean Theater and China, Burma, India Theater. Exploration of each provides visitors with contrasting examples of the relationship between environment and technology.
The Battlefront Theater shows four short movies. Each film features one significant battle of WWII and incorporates information about artifacts at the museum:
Battle of Britain (Spitfire, Hurricane, Bf 109)
Battle of Kursk (Fw 190, Il-2, T-34)
Battle of Philippine Sea (Hellcat, Zero)
D-Day (B-25, P-47, P-51).
Bravo Hangar was built by FHCAM and opened in 2013. The principal exhibits in this hangar relate to the interplay between technology and environmental conditions.
Some of the most Iconic land-based fighters of WWII are positioned at the ready along the West wall of the hangar, a P-51, Zero, Spitfire, Hurricane, Tomahawk, and
Butcher Bird to name a few. All are airworthy, and all but the Hurricane have combat history.
Charlie Hangar honors the courage and sacrifice of those who have been involved in conflicts. Children give their allowance for war bonds, farmers and factory staff work incredible hours, and volunteers rescue victims from bombed buildings. Some examples of those collective efforts can be explored through the various exhibits and themes in this hangar, including:
Animals of War
Battle of the Bulge
Tanks and People Carriers
XPrize Winner and Space Ship One Replica with the original White Knight suspended in this hangar