The interior of the Hickory Aviation Museum has artifacts and memorabilia ranging from WWI to present day including a display about NC natives and WWII heroes Bill and George Preddy provided by the Preddy Foundation. Models are on display that show how aircraft design changed from the Wright Flyer to The F/A-18 Hornet. The Wall of Honor is inside of the museum, honoring members of our organization and local people that are veterans and the Memorial Wall for those that have passed. Take a close look at ejection seats and flight suits.
Our Naval Aviation Annex is located in the old baggage claim area. There you can learn a little about carrier aviation. Various artifacts are on display including, an F-14 camera pod, two 20mm Vulcan cannons, one carried in an F-14, the other in an F/A-18. USN and USMC uniforms are on display along with models of a WWII era aircraft carrier and a modern Nimitz Class Carrier.
The museum is available for private tours and for school groups with advance notice. Call or email to inquire, or just fill out the online form located in the "Contact Us" tab of the webpage and our scheduler will reply to confirm. We need to ensure adequate staffing to make group visits safe and enjoyable. Individuals and families are welcome to visit at any time and can self tour or ask a volunteer to show you around. To tour the P-3C Orion, a volunteer is required.
The Hickory Aviation Museum also supports Veteran’s group such as American Legion, DAV, and VFW. We are available to help host events for any of these groups as well. Please contact us for more information.
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3101 9th Avenue Drive NW Box 22A Hickory, NC 28601 (828)-323-1963 Hickory Regional Airport Code (HKY)
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President and Director: Mr. Jeff Wofford
Vice President: Mr. Kregg Kirby
Treasurer: Mr. Charlie Trefzger
Curator: Mr. Kyle Kirby