Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum
By James | Last updated December 21, 2023
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The Valiant Air Command was founded in 1977 by a group of volunteers dedicated to finding and preserving historic aircraft, from the First World War to the present day. Their motto is “to honour the past, educate the future and preserve our heritage”.
The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum is located on the far side of the Space Center Executive Airport in Titusville, not far from the Kennedy Space Center.
The museum has a very ‘homely’ feel about it and you can get up close to all the exhibits; it reminds me of the now closed Flying Tigers Museum in Kissimmee.
The 10 acre site consists of a large Main Bay/Display hangar with an adjoining memorabilia display area, a smaller restoration hangar and outside parking/storage. In total, there are around 30 aircraft on display, from around the world.
The aircraft on display range from Second World War fighters and trainers to early jets like the North American F-86F Sabre, McDonnell F-101F Voodoo and Convair F-106A Delta Dart.
Representing the Vietnam era is a Republic F-105D Thunderchief, McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, Fairchild C-123K Provider and Soviet MiG-17.
More recent aircraft include the LTV A-7A Corsair II, Grumman A-6E Intruder and the US Navy’s recently retired “Top Gun” Grumman F-14A Tomcat.
A recent restoration is that of a Grumman FM-1 Wildcat that was recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan after sitting there for 50 years.
One of the highlights of the restoration hangar is the Douglas C-47A “Tico Belle” which has undergone a long term rebuild following a landing accident in 2001.
The gift shop sells lots of aviation related gifts and souvenirs including t-shirts and books.
General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military personnel and $5 for children (aged 4-12).
Children aged 3 and under are admitted free.
The museum is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years day.
Each March, the museum holds their renowned Tico Warbird Airshow which features a range of military aircraft from the Second World War right up to the present day.
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