Explore U.S. military history at the Air Force Armament Museum

December 28, 2013

The SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Air Force Armament Museum is the fastest airplane ever built. The aircraft holds all of the official airspeed and altitude records. It set a speed record on a flight from New York to London at an average speed of 1,435.964 mph. Then set another record on a straight course at 2,193.167 mph. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors
The SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Air Force Armament Museum is the fastest airplane ever built. The aircraft holds all of the official airspeed and altitude records. It set a speed record on a flight from New York to London at an average speed of 1,435.964 mph. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Military buffs will delight in vast display of relics

Interested in learning about U.S. military history? Head over to the the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base just north of Ft. Walton Beach. Military buffs of all ages will delight in the large display of aircraft, bombs, missiles and rockets spanning from WWI to present day.

Driving onto the grounds of the museum, visitors first notice an array of numerous aircraft surrounding the building. The fastest plane ever built, the SR-71 Blackbird is the centerpiece flanked by numerous planes from the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf War eras.

Inside the museum are four aircraft as well as a wide variety of bombs, missiles and rockets. Several interactive exhibits entertain and educate. Hundreds of pieces of armament include a gun collection, bombs, bomblets and missiles including the Sparrow, Sidewinder, cluster bombs, Bunker Buster and the MOAB. A 32-minute film on the history of Eglin Air Force Base and its role in the development of armament is shown continuously throughout the day.

The Air Force Armament Museum is located on the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle. It is on Highway 85 South, 7 miles north of Fort Walton Beach. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST. It is closed on federal holidays. Tours are self-guided, admission is free.

No advance notice is necessary for groups; however, it is best to call ahead at (850) 882-4062 to insure there are no other functions occurring at the same time.

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Learn more at http://afarmamentmuseum.com