Republic Airport, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 293 - 6398
DescriptionThe American Airpower Museum is located at Republic Airport, 1230 New Highway, in Farmingdale, New York. The paved parking lot has three handicapped spaces that are closest to the entrance.
The street level entrance has a set of double doors to the admission counter and another set of double doors to enter the museum itself.
The exhibits are located in an airplane hangar, with more planes just outside, on the tarmac. Besides the array of vintage planes, there is a recreation of a WWII briefing room, ready room and canteen. Entry to an amphibian vehicle is three steps up. The aisles are wide. It is easy to maneuver. Some benches can be found near the Canteen.
Single-occupancy, handicapped accessible restrooms are located in the hangar.
There are no food services on the premises. The gift shop offers an interesting variety of items, including shirts, jackets and hats.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 3
Location of handicapped spaces: closest to entrance
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Location of handicapped entrance: street level at main entrance
Doors: double doors
Number of floors: 1
Width of aisles: wide, easy to maneuver
Places to sit: a few benches near the Canteen
Location of restrooms: in the hangar
Type of restroom: single-occupancy, handicapped accessible
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: none
Friendliness of staff: extremely pleasant, and knowledgeable
Notes: * If you ask at the admission counter, a docent will be happy to show you around.
A glorious, sunny day at the end of September brought us to the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport. Parking was easy in the paved lot next to the entrance. Street level, double doors got us to the admission counter (in the gift shop). Another set of double doors provided entry to the museum itself.
“Some sixty-five years ago the current home of the American Airpower Museum was…the home to Republic Aviation, the producer of over 9,000 P-47 Thunderbolts…no American aviation museum with a squadron of operational WWII aircraft has a more appropriate setting for its flight operations…These planes… taxi to the very runways and hangars that dispatched Thunderbolts to war. Vintage aircraft recreate those turbulent years and allow the public to watch these planes in their natural environment – the air.”” (website)
We found the museum to be an incredibly interesting mix of exhibits, vintage flying machines (that are still in use), recreations of a WWII Briefing Room, Ready Room and Canteen, and a full-size amphibian vehicle that can be entered (up three steps), a great place for kids to “”pretend”” in.
The one level museum has a concrete floor and wide aisles which make maneuvering easy. There are some benches near the Canteen. Single-occupancy, handicapped accessible restrooms are located in the hangar.
As we looked around, we were approached by a WWII veteran named Erwin, who asked if we would like to hear his story. Of course we would! We followed him into the Briefing Room where Erwin proceeded to fascinate us with the tale of his thirty-five, B-17 bombing missions over Germany as a navigator. If you get a chance, go to the museum on a Saturday, the day that this 90 year-old charming gentleman volunteers his time.
Beyond the hangar, one needs to have an escort to get “up close and personal” with the planes outside. We did not know that many of these machines still fly, some going to airshows, some for rentals. For a price, one can take a ride in one of the smaller ones (see website). As the time was right, we were able to watch two of the planes take off.
The gift shop offers an array of jackets, shirts, hats and other gifts.
We were here on a warm and sunny day. Both sides of the hangar were open. When we asked we were told that the doors are usually down. Although probably not freezing inside, go prepared if the weather is cold.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.americanairpowermuseum.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”