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Worth the Drive: Cavanaugh Flight Museum

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012  |  Updated 3:57 PM CDT
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Cavanaugh Flight Museum

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An event at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum honored Vietnam veterans who served with an elite Navy helicopter squadron.

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The flood waters from TS Hermine have receded and the skies are clear -- sounds like a great weekend to go flying.

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum at Addison Airport offers recreational flights on five different types of aircraft including one Korean War-era helicopter, a jet trainer and a biplane. 

Flights start at $125 but can cost as much as $1,500 depending on the aircraft. They need 48 hours notice, so you'll need to plan ahead if you want this to be part of your adventure.

If actually going aloft aren't in the cards, but you still want to see some really cool historic aircraft, the museum, with more than 50 restored planes and helicopters, should be right up your alley.

My personal favorites are the newly aquired Vietnam-era Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra helicopter, the WWI-era Sopwith Camel and a host of WWII-era planes including the German Messerschmitt ME-109.

Aside from the aircraft, the aviation art gallery and vehicle/armor collection are not to be missed.  The gallery hosts pieces by several renowned aviation artists and is functionally a museum within a museum.  The vehicle/armor section boasts a sherman tank, jeeps, wreckers, tractors and more.

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is located at 4572 Claire Chennault at the Addison Airport.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p..m Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Adults are $8, seniors and military are $6 while children 4-12 are $4. Kids younger than 4 are free.

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