Niagara Aerospace Museum
Niagara Aerospace Museum
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  • Thomas Ernst
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best aviation experience I had !!
    I had an amazing and unforgettable experience in this museum during my weekend there ! You could be easily stunned by the history of this place between the birth of Bell helicopter and 3 rare helicopters, the test flight of the experimental us navy x-22, the place of the beginning of Curtiss engines or the story of the sound barrier and the Bell X-1 which broke it. I would to thank my two amazing guides : David who gave me the best introduction and the best seat for the Saturday conference and Walter for his incredible stories and knowledge about these artefacts and historical events. I would like to thank Don for his hospitality and finally Erick for an unforgettable final and special tour ! This museum reminds me that aviation has no frontiers, no limits and even the sky could not hold you if you have the good rocket ! Thanks everyone and see you ✌🚁
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written March 12, 2023
  • John F
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem of a Museum!
    What a great gem! Went to visit this unknown museum on a Sunday and ended up spending the whole day there! The museum has a (small) collection of planes from the early 1900s to WWII to rocket engines and helicopters. Our docent Walter was one of the most knowledgeable docents I've met at any museum, and as a former pilot added lots of insight. The collection has lots of references and photos of the connection of the aviation industry to the Buffalo region. Who knew that Consolidated Aircraft, makers of the B-24, started in Buffalo? Who knew that all the X planes, from the X1 to the X15, were designed by Bell in Niagara Falls? Walter offered insight as to why Glenn Curtiss moved his Curtiss Airplane factory from little Hammondsport, NY at the start of WWI to Niagara Falls. Will definitely be going back for another visit soon!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 7, 2024
  • ElisaRJohnF
    Rochester, New York5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a VIsit!
    We had been to this museum many years ago. My husband more or less accidentally stumbled upon its web site, and we decided to go again. It was an interesting museum to visit, even if you are not an aviation fan. There's lots of local Buffalo regional history, and our docent Walt was really interesting.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 7, 2024
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ElisaRJohnF
Rochester, NY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had been to this museum many years ago. My husband more or less accidentally stumbled upon its web site, and we decided to go again. It was an interesting museum to visit, even if you are not an aviation fan. There's lots of local Buffalo regional history, and our docent Walt was really interesting.
Written February 7, 2024
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John F
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
What a great gem! Went to visit this unknown museum on a Sunday and ended up spending the whole day there! The museum has a (small) collection of planes from the early 1900s to WWII to rocket engines and helicopters. Our docent Walter was one of the most knowledgeable docents I've met at any museum, and as a former pilot added lots of insight. The collection has lots of references and photos of the connection of the aviation industry to the Buffalo region. Who knew that Consolidated Aircraft, makers of the B-24, started in Buffalo? Who knew that all the X planes, from the X1 to the X15, were designed by Bell in Niagara Falls? Walter offered insight as to why Glenn Curtiss moved his Curtiss Airplane factory from little Hammondsport, NY at the start of WWI to Niagara Falls. Will definitely be going back for another visit soon!
Written February 7, 2024
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Mahendri R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We came to this area for their helicopter experience, but stumbled upon this aerospace museum. It was a nice experience looking at the history of aviation. The museum itself is run by volunteers and they know a lot about aviation.
We got a personal tour by one of the volunteers Walt, a very sweet person. He was really fun to talk to and very knowledgeable. He was narrating stories around major milestones of aviation, which I thought was supercool.
Overall, I highly recommend visiting this place for kids and adults both!
Written June 13, 2023
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Thomas Ernst
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I had an amazing and unforgettable experience in this museum during my weekend there !
You could be easily stunned by the history of this place between the birth of Bell helicopter and 3 rare helicopters, the test flight of the experimental us navy x-22, the place of the beginning of Curtiss engines or the story of the sound barrier and the Bell X-1 which broke it.
I would to thank my two amazing guides : David who gave me the best introduction and the best seat for the Saturday conference and Walter for his incredible stories and knowledge about these artefacts and historical events. I would like to thank Don for his hospitality and finally Erick for an unforgettable final and special tour !
This museum reminds me that aviation has no frontiers, no limits and even the sky could not hold you if you have the good rocket !
Thanks everyone and see you ✌🚁
Written March 12, 2023
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY815 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A visitor can be patr of a group tour or do a solo visit, I did the solo visit, that way I can take my time.

I started with the Curtiss-Wright section that includes glass cases of model, the history of C. W. and several aircraft which are the Jenny trainer, a 1910 Curtiss Pusher & a 1926 P-1A Experimental. Down one hallway are photos of the late 1930's up to 1950's. Also are drawings & two engines of the early 1930's.

After the hallway starts the Bell aircraft starting with the mid 1930's. Both Bell & C.W. only had two aircraft that were produced-Bell the P-39 Airacobra & the P-63 King Cobra while C.W. produced three aircraft- the P-36, the P-40 Warhawk & the 1944 Helldriver. C.W. has more photographs yet Bell's photograph are still interesting.

The hallway leads to the museum's main exhibit-the P-39Q Airacorba that was recovered fron a lake Russia in 2009 in 2009. My visit was mainlyto view the P-39. There is information stand about the pilot-IVAN IVAOVICH BARANOVSKIY-1922-1944. Another smaller exhibit is about "Rosie The Riveters" in which two women from the Buffalo area who assembled this P-39 called 'Miss Lend Lease". Both Bell & Curiss-Wright has two factories in the Buffalo area.

The lobby aircraft are:
Bell Model 47 Crop Duster.
1947 Bell 47-5 Helicoper.
Fleet N24-1 that was flown on the 1930's Navy Air Shop Macon..
A 1930's Cunning-Hall.
Also are two 1930's aircraft engines.

There several information photos of both factories and much information about each factories.

Parking is just outside in tanden. The best way to parkis from the very front or at the rear. I parked at the rear and frove out no problem.
Written November 17, 2022
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Angela K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
What an awesome spot to visit! We were given a tour by Walt Lechowski- he is an amazingly knowledgeable and interesting man!
Written September 18, 2022
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Mainelytravel
York Beach, ME444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Visited on a day when there was a speaker on the Tuskegee Airman. The talk was great and the tour afterward was spectacular. If you are in the area this a must see type of stop.
Written September 18, 2022
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WeLoveToTravel
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Really? Open Saturdays and Sundays only? And even then only open 11am to 4pm?
Recommend they carve out .5% of executive salaries to hire a full time attendant M-S 9 to 5.
Written June 7, 2022
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Angela
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
We had a great time visiting this museum for my Dad’s birthday. Walter was incredibly knowledgeable and provided us with a wonderful free tour of the facility. His back stories added tremendously beyond the plaques on the walls.
Written July 10, 2021
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Lilly
Parrish, FL3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great place to visit, Walter is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable. Great local history, discover USA military planes from concept to implementation.
Written June 19, 2021
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