What is a warbird? If unfamiliar with the term, you might assume that warbird refers to a military plane designed specifically for war such as transports, bombers and fighters. The flying machines of wartime are diverse, yet planes designed for war are not the only craft that fall into the category of warbirds. A warbird is in fact any vintage military aircraft or civilian aircraft that was used during wartime.
Founded in the 1977, the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum displays, maintains and restores all types of aircraft indigenous to the world’s military. This nonprofit museum has a growing collection of over 45 historic warbirds from the beginning of aviation to the present day. It is dedicated to the preservation, education and commemoration of warbirds from all eras, as well as the men and women who flew them.
Located on 10 acres at the Space Center Executive Airport in Titusville, the museum is composed of two hangars displaying their collection of vintage aircraft and related memorabilia. Besides aircraft, there is a helicopter (or two), a troop transport craft you can climb into, and a restoration hanger. If you’re lucky, you may catch the team in action restoring a plane. Join them on the second Saturday of every month at 8 a.m. for the Fly-In Breakfast. Come, take a tour, and be a part of history.
Open four days a week (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) from 9-5.
Visit their website at www.valiantaircommand.com for additional information.