Biggest and Best Civil Aviation Tourism Sites

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia
For civil aviation enthusiasts, there are many opportunities to become an aviation tourist whilst travelling worldwide. There are large aircraft factory tours, and a multitude of aviation museums both large and small.

For civil aviation enthusiasts, there are many opportunities to become an aviation tourist whilst travelling worldwide.  There are large aircraft factory tours, and a multitude of aviation museums both large and small.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia

Aircraft Factories

Boeing Aircraft Factory

Location:  Seattle, WA USA.

A 90 minute tour is available to walk through the factory and see 747767777 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft final assembly lines.  This tour can be booked directly through the Future of Flight Centre.  Some Seattle companies also offer this tour combined with bus transport to and from central Seattle.  Read the limitations carefully.

Airbus Aircraft Factory

Location: Toulouse, France.

A 90 minute tour is available to view the A380 aircraft final assembly line from an observation tower, then board a full scale A380 section.  There is an additional option (extra 60 minutes) to board Concorde No. 1 for a small extra fee.

Airbus Aircraft Factory

Location:  Hamburg, Germany

A 2 ½ hour tour is available to walk through the factory and see A318A319 and A321 aircraft final assembly line.  Read the limitations carefully.  Ensure you specify your preferred language when you book.

Aircraft Museums

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Location:  National Mall and Washington Dulles International Airport, Washington DC, USA

The two locations hold the historical collection for air and space history and technology, including the original Wright 1903 Flyer.  The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Centre contains the larger displays including many civil and military aircraft and spacecraft.

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK

The Imperial War Museum holds the British and Commonwealth history of civil and military aviation.  Includes many civil aircraft on display such as Concorde and the de Havilland Comet 4.

Museum of Air and Space – In French only   Museum of Air and Space – Review in English   Museum of Air and Space – Second Review in English

Location: Paris, France

The Museum of Air and Space holds the French history of civil and military aviation.  Includes the history of hot air ballooning, the history of civil and military aviation and spacecraft.  Displays include a Concorde and a 747.

Aviation Museum  Thirty Thousand Feet

These websites provide detail to find other aviation museums worldwide.

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