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Crown Jewel of Aviation Museums

Quonset Aviation Museum
Quonset Aviation Museum

Rhode Island’s achievements in commercial, military and private aviation are revealed in Quonset Aviation Museum. The museum’s collection has military vehicles, missiles, aircraft and over 5000 smaller aviation artifacts.

A total of 28 aircraft dating from 1944 include a Russian MIG-17, F-14 Tomcat Jet Fighter, TBM Avenger, A-4 Skyhawk, A6 Intruder and SH3 SeaKing. There is a mixed propulsion prototype Curtiss XF15C and a twin tail C-1A Trader, one of a kind aircraft s prototype for the E-1 Tracer aircraft.

Major US aircraft manufacturers of Curtis, Douglas, Grumman, Hughes, Lockheed, with McDonnell Douglas. Bell and Sikorsky Helicopters are represented in the collection. The facility has complete wheelchair access, in a smoke free facility, with parking available.

The air museum founded in 1992 has a mission of preserving, and interpreting the states aviation history using collections, exhibits and research. It is housed in Painting Hanger #488 on 3 acres of the old Quonset Naval Air Station. This 50,000 square foot structure is one of three existing wood and brick hangers built during WWII.

488 Ecclecston Ave.
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Hours of operation
June 17-September 30 (summer hours)
Daily 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
October 1 – June 14 (winter hours)
Weekends only 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Adult - $7.00, seniors - $6.00, 12 and under - $3.00
Active military free with ID

North Kingstown RI a town of 26,286 was founded in 1674. It is 70 miles south of Boston, 173 northeast of New York City and 183 miles south east of Albany NY. North Kingstown has Warwick is 15 miles north and Providence 20 miles north.

Within North Kingstown is Devil’s Foot Rock, a footprint like natural impression appearing like a petrosomatoglyph. A petrosomatoglyph appears to be an image of human or animal part in rock. The town also has the Casey Farm, an original colonial plantation, currently one of the oldest operational farms in New England.

Quonset State Airport is a joint civil military airport on Quonset point west of Narragansett Bay in northwestern Rhode Island. The airport has 754 acres with two asphalt runways. The airport had 20,750 aircraft operations for a 12-month period ending in 2007 averaging 56 per day. The general aviation airport does not offer scheduled airline service. It was site of the Naval Air Station from 1941 until cutbacks in the early 1970’s.

Quonset Aviation Museum is a 6 hour drive of 400 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 east past Albany into Massachusetts to Worchester MA. Drive route 146 southeast to Providence RI, south on US 95 then Roger Williams Way. Turn left on Ecclecston Avenue following signs to Quonset Aviation Museum.

One visitor made the following comment on their visit.
“Where else are you going to be able to get this close to some of the finest flying machines to ever carry the insignia of the United States of America?”

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