Airplanes, rockets, and space OH MY! Do you like these things? Then the Freedom of Flight Museum is the place for you in Joplin.
The museum is in the General Aviation Terminal at the Joplin Reginal Airport. It is a small museum, so they do not have aircraft to view but make up for it with plenty of other wonderful things to see and do.
How about an opportunity to sit in a real jet plane ejections seat? Try your luck at landing a miniature airplane on a runway. Climb to the top of a real control tower and learn about the layout of the airport, weather conditions, and pilot radio communications. Check out the story about a local pilot that participated in the Dolittle Raid over Tokyo, and another that was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. Sit in the flight “Stimulator”, a replica of a Boeing B52 bomber cockpit. See what it is like to sit in a T-38 Talon supersonic trainer cockpit.
Is space flight and the universe more to your liking? Then visit the space room to learn about galaxies, nebula, stars, and comets. Did you know that the Rocketdyne company in Neosho, Missouri constructed the engines that helped send men to the moon?
Hours are 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. To take a tour at another time, please contact the museum at either 417-434-2194 or 417-540-2657. There is no admission fee.