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Welcome to the Prairie Aviation Museum.  We hope you enjoy the display and exhibits inside the museum and the aircraft in the Airpark.  We have 9 aircraft and 2 helicopters on display.  We also have one piston and three jet engines (J57, TF-30 and A-4) on display. At times, like the Open Cockpit Days, we display a Convair 880 simulator and other items we are restoring. Please stop by and join us for a visit, tour, or one of our Open Cockpit Days.

Take a virtual tour of our Airpark.

Includes a history of the planes, pictures, hot spots for details and videos of interest. 

Take a virtual tour of our static displays in the museum.  

Includes a history of the display, pictures, hot spots for details and videos of interest.

Our museum is a not for profit organization.

We do not receive any funds from local, state or federal sources.

Volunteer

You do NOT need to have a background in aviation, just an interest in aviation and space plus a willingness to help others. 

Open Cockpit Days (OCD) are back.
Our next one is Saturday August 20th 2022, 10:00 – 4:00.

Pictures of previous Open Cockpit Days.

How is Prairie Aviation Museum associated
with the original Top Gun movie?
With the newly released Top Gun: Maverick, Prairie Aviation Museum has three planes associated with the original Top Gun movie.
We have the only F-14 Tomcat in static display in Illinois. This is the type of plane Tom Cruise flew in the movie.
 
Spoiler Alert:  An F-14 Tomcat appears in the Top Gun Maverick!
Get your picture sitting in the engine intake of the F-14 Tomcat.
How about Jester and Viper?
They flew a modified A4-Skyhawk. Our Board member, David Wilson, flew the A4M-Skyhawk in the Marines. He hosts the A4-Skyhawk during OCDs.
How about the MIG-28?
Hollywood took the tactical version of the T-38, the F-5, and called it a MIG-28 in the movie. The aircraft flown in the movie were actually Navy F-5’s used by Top Gun as adversary aircraft. They painted them black, stuck a red star on the side, and started rolling the cameras.
 
Our T-38 is an Air Force version. The T-38 was also used by NASA to train Space Shuttle pilots.

2022 Schedule

February 2022 Schedule – Closed
March 2022 Schedule – Closed
April 2022 Schedule – Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 3
May 2022 Schedule – Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 3
Open Cockpit Day –  May 21: 10 – 4
June 2022 Schedule – Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 3
Open Cockpit Day –  June 18: 10 – 4
July 2022 Schedule – Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 3
Open Cockpit Day –  July 16: 10 – 4
August 2022 Schedule – Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 3
Open Cockpit Day –  August 20: 10 – 4
September 2022 Schedule – Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 3
Open Cockpit Day –  September 17: 10 – 4
October 2022 Schedule – Open Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 3