The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum honoring Mississippi Aviators, including Gulfport’s John C. Robinson, officially opened in Gulfport this weekend.
It’s been years in the making, but Francisco Gonzalez made his dream a reality. As the project manager of Mississippi’s Aviation Heritage Museum, Gonzalez says a lot of hard work went into the 52,000 square foot museum. “There are a lot of things you can see in here. You will learn the history of Mississippi aviation and you will learn about the heroes of Mississippi. Aviation is a wonderful thing. If you ever learn to fly, if you’re ever taking off, that feeling of sensation of coming out of the ground, I want people to experience that. Here we are not flying but you can go on a flight simulator and pretend to fly.”
Hundreds of visitors stopped in for opening day, including some Cruisin’ the Coast participants. Visitor Tom Bocek said, “This is also part of reliving history because I walk through here and I see the aircrafts I used to fly and the uniforms I used to wear and much of the history my father, who was Marine Corps Aviation, also participated in. So it is a true pleasure and honor to see this museum open here in the Gulf Coast.”
The museum holds 17 galleries, hands-on displays, flight simulators, STEM programs, and more that everyone can take part in.
Gonzalez says he hopes the museum gives adults the chance to relive their childhood and for children the opportunity to take flight.