The Cavanaugh Flight Museum gives visitors an amazing chance to see some of the most famous planes from World War I and II, as well as more recent planes! Set in 4 huge hangers, there are over 50 planes, as well as classic cars, military vehicles and anti-aircraft weapons!
Check out my Mommy Tips for making the most of your visit!
1. Know Before You Go
While you can take a self guided tour of the museum, docent guided tours are available by appointment, and very informative!
Parking is FREE.
Expect to spend about 1.5 to 2 hours at the museum.
Bundle up during the winter, although they are heated, the hangers are cool.
2. The Red Baron
The Cavanaugh Museum has over 50 planes, but one of it’s most popular is a replica of the Red Baron’s famous Fokker Dr. I triplane! Manfred Von Richtofen, AKA The Red Baron, was a famous German fighter pilot in World War I.
3. Du Doch Nicht!
Hanger No. 1 is filled with some amazing planes from WWI, and the Du Doch Nicht! Fokker was flown by Ernst Udet, another of the amazing pilots of WWI Germany’s “Flying Circus”.
4. How ‘Boot That
Considered the crown jewel of the Cavanaugh Museum, the How ‘Boot That is an original plane flown during WWII, and is considered to be the most original, flying B-25 anywhere in the world. The Cavanaugh’s B-25, after being retired, was used in the 1970 movie, Catch-22.
A table is set in the hanger, although it will never be dined upon. It is to remember all those who gave their life in the air.
The museum does not sell food. They do allow food and drinks at their outdoor tables, however not in the hangers.
7. Planes make for great photo ops!
8. Kid’s Birthday Parties
I think a birthday party inside a hanger at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum would be GREAT! You can add a tour of Addison Airport in this military vehicle!
Imagine soaring over Dallas in a historic warbird or biplane? They also offer helicopter rides. Passengers must be 18.
10. Fall Fly Days and Car Show
Each September the planes of the Cavanaugh take to the air during Fall Fly Days. You can also see some amazing classic cars on that Saturday at the Pontiac Southern National Car Show and Sunday at the American Classic Car Show. Of course, I’ve already put the date on my calendar just to see, and hear, the firing of the Sherman Tank!