Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine

A retired Beech-18 "Smokejumper" airplane sits at the Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting for museum attendees to enjoy.

Soon after the Wright brothers ushered in the modern era of aviation in 1903, firefighters began using planes to spot fires and track their spread. In the 1950s, many former military planes were retrofitted to be able to drop water on fires. [1] The Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting in Greybull, Wyoming, is a quirky outdoor museum dedicated to sharing this history and the evolution of firefighting aviation from the 1950s into the 21st century—a topic not highlighted in most aviation museums.

Do not expect a traditional museum-going experience with carefully curated exhibits, however! The Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting provides a self-touring experience with its primarily outdoor archive of old firefighting planes. If you cannot visit during the museum’s season, which runs from mid-May through September, you can take virtual tours of the airplanes on the museum website .



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