Amazing things can happen when a community unites behind a cause. The power of this sort of commitment can be seen at the WACO Air Museum in Troy, Ohio.
The WACO Aircraft Company was the largest manufacturer of US civil aircraft in the late twenties and early thirties. The museum talks about the planes as well as the people who made the company successful.
This is a fascinating story of American aviation history that’s well told here. It’s not a large museum but everything is high quality and an audio tour available through your smartphone tells stories that supplement the signs.
The museum exists because the community formed the WACO Historical Society in 1978 and set to work gathering stories, photos, planes and artifacts that would eventually be used in this museum.
Personally, I best enjoyed the stories of the people who worked here and seeing the planes as well. Most of the planes are located in a hangar that also has event space. It’s interesting to me the way the planes are gathered around the presentation area. I like the idea that they are active participants in whatever programming goes on here and witness to the museum’s events.
It’s also important to note that the women of this company’s past play a prominent role. From the women who worked in the factory to those who flew the planes, you will notice that they didn’t shy away from giving credit where credit is due.
Want to visit the WACO museum? You should! Click here for hours and admission.
While you’re in the area, be sure to grab something tasty at K’s Hamburger Shop and go for a hike at Aullwood Arboretum.