Museum for Aircraft Enthusiasts

The Weisbrod Museum and the International B-24 Memorial Museum combine to make up the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum. The museum is intended to be a tribute to those men and women who carried out their duties during the difficult days of World War II. The primary focus of the museum is dedicated to the Pueblo Army Air Base and the magnificent B-24 Liberator bomber. The Wiesbrod Museum can be found on the grounds of what was once the Pueblo Army Air Base during World War II at the Pueblo Memorial Airport. Managed by the Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society, the museum operates approximately six miles east of Pueblo, Colorado just off of US Highway 50.

Most of the planes on exhibit are on loan from the different branches of the military. The one exception is the McDonnell Douglas F-101 Voodoo which is owned and displayed by a private vendor. The museum depends heavily upon volunteers to lend a hand with the overall operation of the facility. Men and women aircraft enthusiasts regularly volunteer their time supporting the museum activities including admissions, tours, aircraft restorations, and working in the museum's gift shop. Recurring events feature open cockpit tours of select aircraft. Visitors can access the museum's library where a tape collection guides them through the various aircraft and history of the Pueblo Army Base during World War II.

The aircraft on display are full-size, mostly complete, entire planes located inside the hangar area and outside on the museum grounds. The museum staff has taken great care in presenting the aircraft as close to the originally equipped condition as possible. The highlight of the visit for some lucky tourists is to receive a personal tour from a veteran pilot of World War II. Many of the museum staff are veterans who are more than pleased to pass on their exciting stories and relate to visitors what it was like to fly in one of the historic aircraft. Many guests are surprised that this small, out of the way museum, packs so much information and array of working displays. The gift shop offers aircraft themed books for the airplane enthusiasts and related toys for the young ones in the group. There are plans for an extension of the hangar scheduled to take place sometime in 2010. Visitors are advised to allot at least an hour to tour the museum and some additional time to spend in the gift shop area.

In total there are over two dozen historic, fascinating aircraft that helped to write exciting chapters in aviation history. There are lots of photographs to enhance the guests tour of the facility and complement the exhibits. Although there isn't a B-24 bomber present, many of the exhibits and photos show the famous bomber and depict its role in winning World War II. One of the more impressive items is the B-29 Superfortress built by Boeing. Its 141 foot wingspan takes up a large portion of the hangar. Other planes accessible to the visitor are a Douglas C-47 Skytrain, Douglas A-26 Invader, and a McDonnell Douglas F-101A Voodoo, just to name a few.

It's obvious that great care has been taken to preserve the history of aircraft from the World War II era. The goal of the museum staff is to educate the public and promote visitation of the attractions in this unique trip back in aviation history.

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