Engaging Demonstrations and Exhibition Tours Coming Up at Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum

Explore programs and events ranging from lectures, demonstrations, and tours, as well as another opportunity to participate in Amateur Photography Day


Dive into history at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) by engaging with our world-renowned collection and immersive programs and experiences slated for the month of April. The variety of events provides educational exploration into featured artifacts with activities for the whole family to enjoy.

This month with the purchase of a general admission ticket, attendees can participate in educational and engaging programs such as a Jeep demonstration, a behind-the-scenes look at the renowned B-25 aircraft, and guided lectures and tours from museum docents. Plus, amateur photographers are invited for another opportunity to capture exclusive content behind the ropes of the collection on Amateur Photography Day.

Upcoming Free Programming:

Attendees can purchase general admission tickets to not only explore the incredible collection of vehicles, aircraft, and artifacts but also participate in free programs on select days throughout the month.

B-25 Aircraft Experience | Saturday, April 13, 2024, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The B-25J Mitchell was the most extensively used medium bomber by the U.S. during WWII, with nearly 10,000 units manufactured and operated globally. Attendees can get an in-depth look at the legendary aircraft and learn more about its famed history. The event is free to attend with a purchase of a general admission ticket at the FHCAM website.

Lecture: The Supermarine Spitfire with Docent Jim Mitchell | Saturday, April 13, 2024, 2 p.m.

This lecture, led by docent Jim Michell, will dive into the Spitfire residing in FHCAM which was involved in combat in England, France and the English Channel. The Supermarine Spitfire is a British fighter aircraft of World War II. The aircraft was highly innovative and the only Allied fighter to be produced throughout the entirety of the Second World War.

Lectures are held in Battlefront Theater, offering guests a chance to sit and learn through instruction and audio/visual displays. Lectures can accommodate up to 40 guests, on a first-come, first-served basis. They generally last between 60-90 minutes. Those interested in attending can purchase general admissions tickets at the FHCAM website.

Tthe Flying Heritage Collection’s Bf-109E, P-51D Mustang, Spitfire Mk.IX, Il-2M3 Sturmovik and B-25J Mitchell in extremely tight formation at the conclusion of Skyfair 2014. You can expect a similarly exciting flyby at this year’s event too! (image via FHC)

American Half Track and Jeep Demonstrations | Friday, April 15, 2024, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

During World War II, the Ford GPW, popularly known as the ‘Jeep,’ served various purposes such as a scout car, ambulance, staff vehicle, and communications car. It served as the main light, wheeled, multi-role vehicle for the US military and its partners. Experience an immersive demonstration of this iconic historical vehicle in action on April 15.

The demo will offer a VIP Area on the ramp in front of the demo area behind waist-height barriers for better visibility and photo opportunities. Members and VIP area ticketholders get priority drawings for the ride lottery. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as the VIP Area has limited capacity. For more details about the demonstration or to purchase tickets, visit the website at flyingheritage.org.

The Doolittle Raid with Docent Rick Paylor | Saturday, April 20, 2024, 2 p.m.

Join docent Rick Paylor for a guided tour of the Doolittle Raid, starting with the B-25 in Hangar A. The hourlong tour – included with the cost of a general admission ticket – will describe the modifications done to enable the Raider’s to conduct this special mission before moving to the outstanding Carrier Hornet model to dive into the history of the ship. Visitors will learn about the takeoff procedures, myths and rumors about the mission, and more about the crews conduction of the mission. Experience a one-of-a-kind, engaging tour with the purchase of general admission tickets at flyingheritage.org.

Special Events:

Special event attendees must purchase an event ticket; general admission is included in the ticket cost.

Amateur Photography Day | Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 12 – 4:30 p.m.

Amateur photographers can get an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience to capture content and view the collection in a whole new way at Amateur Photography Days. In the afternoon, the ropes will be removed from artifacts including the Mosquito, Il-2, P-47, Me 262, the Goliath, Kettenkrad, Ambulance, Half-tracks and Opel. The stair units provided by the B-25, Mosquito, Corsair, and Fw 190A-5 will provide easy visibility into the cockpits for fascinating images and an up-close view. Light refreshments and an FHCAM souvenir will be provided to all ticket holders.

More information and the event’s general guidelines can be found online. Tickets are $150 for members ($200 to include an assistant) and $200 for non-members ($250 to include an assistant). Photographers under age 14 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Learn more or purchase tickets here!

About & Combat Armor Museum

Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) is a 501 (c)(3) committed to educating visitors about the rare, historic aircraft, vehicles, and artifacts in our collection, which are a testament to the era’s engineering skill and humanity’s spirit during the world conflicts of the 20th century.

We are committed to proving complete authenticity in all of our artifacts. This includes all aspects of the mechanical systems and all paint schemes and markings. FHCAM strives to make the operations and appearance as original as possible to the time when the aircraft, tank, or other machine was first utilized.


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