The WNC Air Museum houses a unique collection of aircraft that helped make aviation history. Though called a “museum,” the Hendersonville Airport is the second busiest private airstrip in North Carolina.

Walk right up to the flight line and see, touch and smell the excitement up close and personal. Tour the hangars, visit with the folks who make these historical pieces fly. The museum also hosts two annual air fairs, one in the spring and the other on Labor Day weekend, when you can actually go aloft in some of these historic aircraft. Bring the kids and your camcorde. Come prepared for a fun,relaxed visit back in time.

Directions. Take exit 22 off I-26 (Upward Road) and go west (turn toward the Holiday Inn Express and the Shell Station). Follow Upward Road to US-176 (Spartanburg Hwy). Turn right and continue to Shepherd Street or Brooklyn Ave. (there are signs pointing to the airport). Turn right on either and continue to the airport.

Museum hours. March through October: Sat. 10 am to 6 pm, Sun. and Wed. noon to 6 pm. November through February: Sat., Sun., and Wed. noon to 5 pm.

Admission is FREE. For more information, call (828) 698-2482.