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Carolinas Aviation Museum

Located on the grounds of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, this aviation museum displays multiple standing aircraft and many captivating artifacts.

Visit Carolinas Aviation Museum to learn the history of aviation in the United States and see many impressive aircraft. Sit in the cockpits of military, civil and commercial aircraft in this massive facility. The museum also displays a collection of helicopters, including a CH-46D Sea Knight with a remarkable history of service during the Vietnam War.

Notice the Airbus A320-214, a modern airliner and one of the museum’s main attractions. The exhibit Miracle on the Hudson marks a significant moment in United States aviation history. In 2009, the aircraft hit a flock of migrating geese and both engines shut down. As a result, the aircraft had to attempt a “water landing” on the Hudson River. Fortunately all passengers and crewmembers survived. See the actual aircraft and learn more about this incredible event in the main exhibit.

Study many impressive military aircraft displayed in the museum. The D-558-1 Skystreak is an extremely rare research aircraft, one of two in the world. Another highlight in the museum’s military collection is the AV-8 Harrier II, commonly known as the Harrier Jump Jet. The AV-8 Harrier II was designed to take off vertically and hover in mid-air.

Carolinas Aviation Museum also displays a replica of the Wright Flyer, the first powered aircraft to achieve sustained flight. Other civil aircraft on display include a Savoia Marchetti S.56B, an Italian-designed single-engine biplane and flying boat. Look for the Cessna 150, one of the most popular aircraft in the world. The museum’s Cessna exhibit is integral in teaching visitors how an airplane is operated. 

Book a group tour to learn how Carolinas Aviation Museum preserves aircraft history and encourages younger generations to continue evolving aviation technology. The museum hosts many different tours for children and adults. It is open daily year-round, excluding major holidays. The large facility is located next to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from downtown Charlotte.

With a large collection of airline artifacts, displayed aircraft and educational programs, Carolinas Aviation Museum is perfect for families and aviation enthusiasts.


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Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd ¥10,075
Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd

Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Rd

2950 Oak Lake Blvd, Charlotte, NC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of York Road Community Park and Renaissance Park. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office and Carolinas Aviation Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Airport North ¥8,611
    Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Airport North

    Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Airport North

    2700 Little Rock Rd, Charlotte, NC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Toddville Road, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Billy Graham Library, Bank of America Stadium, and Charlotte Convention Center. NASCAR Hall of Fame and EpiCentre are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport ¥10,656
      Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport

      Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport

      2400 Cascade Pointe Blvd, Charlotte, NC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, York Road Community Park, and Carolinas Aviation Museum. Renaissance Park is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

        Quality Inn & Suites Airport ¥6,222
        Quality Inn & Suites Airport

        Quality Inn & Suites Airport

        3100 Queen City Drive, Charlotte, NC
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Toddville Road, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Carolinas Aviation Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Billy Graham Library and Bryant Park. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market and Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Airport ¥10,656
          Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Airport

          Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Airport

          2770 Yorkmont Rd, Charlotte, NC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Carolinas Aviation Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Billy Graham Library and Charlotte Premium Outlets. NASCAR Hall of Fame and Discovery Place are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport I-85/I-485 ¥8,430
            Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport I-85/I-485

            Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte Airport I-85/I-485

            4238 Business Center Drive, I-85 And Little Rock Road, Charlotte, NC
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Toddville Road, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carolinas Aviation Museum, Billy Graham Library, and Lake Wylie. Bryant Park and Charlotte Regional Farmers Market are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte Airport ¥9,580
              Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte Airport

              Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte Airport

              2731 Little Rock Rd, Charlotte, NC
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Toddville Road, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Carolinas Aviation Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Lake Wylie. Charlotte Convention Center and Billy Graham Library are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Comfort Suites Airport ¥8,143
                Comfort Suites Airport

                Comfort Suites Airport

                3425 Mulberry Church Road, Charlotte, NC
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Charlotte, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Carolinas Aviation Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bank of America Stadium and Charlotte Convention Center. Billy Graham Library and Bryant Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).