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COLLEGE PARK AVIATION MUSEUM

The College Park Aviation Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is located on the grounds of the College Park Airport. Both facilities are owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which maintains the airport as both an operating airport and an historic site. The airport is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the grounds have many historic features including a 1919 Airmail hangar.
The Museum building is 27,000 square feet and contains a main gallery with original and reproduction aircraft, a library, auditorium, and multiple interactive exhibits. The goal of the College Park Aviation Museum is to research, preserve, interpret and promote the history and collections of the College Park Airport, and early World War I –era aviation in general, by operating the site as a public museum, providing educational exhibits, special events, programs and tours for the general public, school-age community and tourists.
The history of College Park Airport, the World's Oldest Continually Operating Airport, dates to 1909 when the Wright Brothers arrived in College Park to fulfill their government contract by teaching the first US Army officers to fly.







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