Tri-State Warbird Museum4021 Borman Drive
Batavia, Ohio 45103
513-735-4500 | http://www.tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org
Tri-State Warbird Museum
The Tri-State Warbird Museum houses fully restored, operable, and award-winning aircraft and honors Tri-State locals who built these airplanes and who served as pilots, including Doolittle Raider Tom Griffin.
Of the 12 million persons who served in World War II, over 2 million were pilots. From bombers to fighters, aviation’s critical role in modern warfare led to quick flight training and pushed industrial innovation. The United States would produce over 300,000 aircraft during the war. With an engine factory just north of Cincinnati in Evendale, Boeing won government contracts to push this innovation. The Tri-State Warbird Museum houses fully restored, operable, and award-winning aircraft from the war and honors Tri-State locals who built these airplanes and served as pilots.
The 24,000 square foot museum offers a 15-minute introductory film narrated by Neil Armstrong, a walk-in display that depicts pilots’ living quarters during the war and two main hangers that house a variety of aircraft. The aircraft was selected based on vital roles in advancing aeronautical technology, such as the P-51D Mustang and B-25 Bomber. The airplanes are presented without barriers, allowing for close inspection. The beauty of the aircraft is striking; previously mere fragments of damaged airplanes, the aircraft have been restored and the museum proudly displays its awards for their restorations. Displays complement the aircraft by discussing the broader history of World War II and the Doolittle Raiders, training for pilots and bombardiers, and the restoration process of the aircraft in the hangers.
Notes for Travelers
Periodically, particular aircraft may not be on display. Therefore, if you are hoping to view a particular airplane, call ahead to ensure it will be in the hanger during your visit.
CreditsCredits: Kristen Fleming
Additional Resources“A History of WW2 in 25 Airplanes.” Air & Space Magazine. https://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/history-ww2-25-airplanes-180954056/
Scott, James M. Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.