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The Peterson Air & Space Museum - Colorado



When I decided to something every week here in my adopted state of Colorado and preferably right here in the city of Colorado Springs, I didn't think that I would be able to do it. After all I was coming from a big city, Brooklyn NY to be exact and have always thought that there wasn't much to do here. When people think of Colorado and hear that I'm now living here, the first thing they ask is, "do you get a lot of snow and do you go skiing?". I'll be the first to say that although Colorado is known as "Ski Country", Colorado Springs isn't. We actually get less snow than New York City and so there is no chance in me going skiing unless I go further north or to Aspen. I'll make it one day but for now, as Madison would say "I'm good!". I really can't envision myself on skis, I however can envision myself doing other things, such as going to museums. When we lived in New York City, we visited the museums constantly so I made it my business to find a few that I can take the kids to. One that really intrigued me was the Peterson Air and Space Museum located on the Peterson Air Force Base here in Colorado Springs.


On one particularly cool day last week, I took all three kids to the Peterson Air and Space Museum. Admission to the museum is totally FREE but donations are welcomed. With it also being on a military installation, you also need to have either a military ID or call for a pass before you're able to enter. Luckily for us, we all have military ID's so we were able to just jump into our car and go ahead with our visit. When we arrived we were greeted by a museum volunteer and taken into a screening room where we were shown a short video of the history of the museum, then to top it all off we were offered a guided tour.

P-40E WARHAWK
THE WARNING STAR

The Peterson Air and Space Museum is Colorado's oldest aviation museum was named after 1st Lieutenant  Edward J. Peterson, a World War II Army Air Forces pilot and also a native of Colorado. The museum is also housed on the site of Colorado Spring's first municipal airfield. There is such a rich aviation history here and we were able to visit and tour inside of the Warning Star, an airborne early warning and control aircraft from the 1950's through the 1970's.







After visiting the Warning Star we got to tour the Old City Hangar which was built in 1928 and is the oldest structure in the museum complex. We got to see early generation satellites, a Peacekeeper Missile, the F-47N Thunderbolt transitional fighter-interceptor aircraft  and even a launch simulator used to train missile combat crews. This hangar is where you want to go if you want to see how the US is going to defend itself against a nuclear attack or launch one of it's own. Madison and the boys even got to sit in a flight ejector seat and enjoyed their experience.






The ICBM Launch Control Center, America's nuclear defense for more than 60 years

We all had an amazing time at the Peterson Air and Space Museum. If you're an aviation or space enthusiast or have one on your hands, then the Peterson Air and Space Museum is the place you want to be. It's a showcase of rich civil aviation history, significant highlights from Air Force Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command and our military heritage. It's one of Colorado Springs must see!


The HAWK (Homing All The Way Killer) Missile





Now before you leave the museum, be sure to stop in at the gift shop and pick up a replica of one of the aircrafts that you may just have been looking at or even a tee or coffee mug. It's a great way to commemorate your visit, and all proceeds go towards the daily operation of the museum.





Here is the location and the days of operation and admission rates:

Location: 150 E. Ent Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80914

Days/Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm

Closed:
Sunday, Monday and Federal Holidays

Admission: 
Free but requires a Military ID or Base Pass



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Annmarie John
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  1. I like the planes. They make me want to try to fly one. When I was a kid I said I wanted to be a pilot (not a flight attendant). There's seems to be a thrill about it.

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    1. My son actually wants to join the Air Force and become a pilot one day. I love flying to other places but have never wanted to be a pilot. Seems like a great goal to achieve though.

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  2. My two would love this. We are going back to DC again in April and all my boys are talking about is going back to the Smithsonian Air & Space.

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    1. I have yet to visit DC and when I do go, that is definitely one of the places that I plan to visit.

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  3. Lovely photos. I wish Colorado is just a car drive away from where I am at right now. :). i love going to museums like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're very welcome and Colorado will always be here so if you're ever in the neighborhood, just check it out.

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  4. What a fun little field trip! My kids absolutely love planes. We often drive up to the little airport in our area and watch them take off and land.

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    1. Our local airport is about 10 minutes from my home. If we didn't have to pay for parking I would totally have done that. Instead we just watch them fly overhead. :)

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  5. My son would be in love with this place, if i am going to show him these photos.

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    1. Please do and if you're ever in Colorado, take a trip there.

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  6. I definitely expected something like this in Colorado since it's such a military state. My son is into planes and have been saying he wants to be a pilot and join the air force. He would love to visit here.

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    1. It's funny but not a lot of people think of Colorado as a military state but there is a HUGE military presence here. Your son and mine both have the same dream, to join the Air Force and be pilots.

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  7. It would really be educational being in the air and space museum. You get to see a lot of cool jets and fighter planes.

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    1. Oh yes you really do and it's really a lot of fun.

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  8. Wow you got some great shots! I would love to visit there myself and get up close to that missile. I'm loving how open everything is. Colorado sure is beautiful.

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    1. Do you know that when we first came to Colorado I didn't think of it as beautiful. It has now however seem to grow on me.

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  9. Inspiring! The photos are awesome and the museum showcases some great pieces of technology.

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    1. Not only does it showcase some great pieces of technology but also some great pieces of history as well.

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  10. Love that it is totally free and will have to keep this in mind if I am ever in your neck of the woods :)

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    1. That is totally one of the things that I loved about it. Coming from NYC where every museum we had to pay to get into, FREE is quite a change and a good one too.

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  11. I thought it is really nice to be able to see upclose the insides of an airplance so that we appreciate the work and efforts of the crew! Love your photos!

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    1. Thank you Tiffany, it was really nice to be able to go inside and the kids enjoyed it.

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  12. How amazing! No wonder the kids had an awesome time during your visit. There's so much to see and learn about airplanes. Airplanes have always fascinated me as a kid. It's too bad that you need a military pass though!

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    1. Getting the military pass isn't that difficult. It just requires a simple phone call and you should be good to go.

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  13. It's been so long since I visited Colorado Springs, but I remember it being so beautiful. We stayed at the Broadmoor Resort, which was stunning. But what I remember most was visiting Pike's Peak and the Air Force Academy; hello yummy boys.

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    1. I'm actually not too far away from the Broadmoor and it's beautiful up there.

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  14. I love your plane theme lately. Des would have a blast.
    It always looks so beautiful on your adventures, even in deep winter. Perhaps New England is not for me??
    I love the idea of doing day trips within where I live. I made a wish list once for New England. It's HUGE.

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    1. Oh Tamara, you most definitely HAVE TO take a trip to Colorado. There is so much to do here. I've personally never visited New England but I would love to one day and maybe we can do a few things from your wish list. :)

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  15. Looks like a great educational opportunity outside of the classroom! Love getting out and learning!

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    1. Oh it truly is and you're so right. Getting out and learning can be so much fun.

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  16. Looks like a lot of fun and the kids were happy enough to pose for some adorable snaps! I love learning about space so this would be exciting for me to visit!

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    1. I had to sneak photos in of the other kids because they HATE getting their pics taken. We all however had a lot of fun.

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  17. Oh wow! I've heard of this place before but never really saw pictures or looked too much into it. I'd love to bring my 2 younger brothers and parents here. I'm sure they will love this place. Would also be a great learning experience. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome PJ and I'm sure that your family would enjoy it as much as you will.

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  18. I would have loved to go inside of that plane. How cool! I used to want to live in Colorado. It seems like everyone in Colorado is very chill. I rarely hear about bad things going on over there. :)

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    1. I'm the total opposite. Colorado was actually the last place in the US that I wanted to live in. I came because of the military and it took some time to grow on me but now we love it here, although I still miss NYC which is home.

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  19. This looks like so much fun! My husband would love to go to this museum. Totally his kind of thing!

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    1. Funny how different our husbands are. Mine couldn't care less about this while the kids however loved it.

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  20. Wow such a great visit! I love the pictures at each station showing how crews used them. That makes it so real!

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    1. It really does and everything in the museum is in fact real. Even the nuclear missile that is on display. :)

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  21. That looks like a fun place to visit. I think the insides of planes like that look so cool...all those buttons!!

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    1. Yes there are a LOT of buttons on that plane and each person had their job and knew exactly what those buttons were for.

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  22. Love that you are out ad about your city. I am all about museums too! This one looks liek a great one to visit some day

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    1. It really was and if you're ever in the Colorado Springs area, you may want to consider visiting one day.

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  23. I am not really sure if I can make it to Colorado, but this place really looks interesting. I like how they meticulously recorded the history of each plane.

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    1. Well maybe one day you might and if you do, the Peterson Air & Space Museum will always be here.

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  24. Very recently I read about a airplanes museum in Singapore by Emirates and now you're posting in similar lines!!! I'm loving this too... 😊😊😊

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    1. Awww seems like air and space museums must be the rage right now. You may want to pay one a visit.

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  25. My husband and son would literally spend hours in a museum like this. I'm sure they would go inside every aircraft.

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    1. That would be great. My sons were truly intrigued although my daughter not so much so. :)

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  26. Wow, Madison! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! This is an ideal museum visit for me. I love to explore and I prefer museum with interactive displays. Been inside a submarine yet? I highly recommend. :) Good luck to your future travels!

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    1. Thank you Maerose. We have yet to go inside of a submarine but it would be a dream of mine to do so. Maybe one day.

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  27. Those are some real good snapshots. I love planes too and this small read is really informative.There is so much to learn.Adventure and history:)

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    1. Thank you. There really is a lot to learn there and maybe we might go back another day.

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  28. Thanks for sharing this. Colarado is very far from my country but I love to see more about USA. Hopefully I can go there one day.

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    1. Oh I think you would love it here if you come to visit. Hopefully you'll be able to make it here one day.

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  29. This is a very informative blog post. Gave me a quick but in depth view of the museum.

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    1. I'm glad I was able to show you a little of what they had to offer.

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  30. My son would enjoy going there! He looooves planes, I think more than Legos! I heard we have something similar here in Manila, but not as elaborate and fun as that one.

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    1. Oh I would love to see that one in Manila. I've never been to that part of the world and would love to see that part one day.

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  31. If can I want to visit here as well. This is a great tour!

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  32. This looks like a really great and educational place to visit. I love the warhawk. SO COOL!

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    1. Oh it was a great experience for all of us.

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  33. I'm happy that there is no entrance fee in the museum. I bet that people who appreciate what they see inside offer big donations for the museum management to be able to maintain everything nicely for the years to come.

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    1. It's why we decided to shop at the gift shop. Each purchase helps with the upkeep.

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  34. Used to work in aviation field and I did find them very interesting especially when trained pilots do stunts in them

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    1. Oh can you believe that I've never been to an airshow and the Air Force is so close to me? I might have to go to one soon and share it.

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  35. What a nice place to educate our children about aeronautics and space adventure. They will be amaze what they have learned as much as how I am amaze reading it here.

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    1. It really is a great learning experience.

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  36. this looks like a great place to go if you love all things aviation! My nephews would love this place

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    1. I think most boys would love this. My son were especially intrigued compared to my daughter.

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  37. wow you got to see these things! it's really amazing. i hope i get the chance to visit this hehe

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  38. I love this type of museums! I'll definitely visit it when I'll be in Colorado - a beautiful part of the USA. And my husband and son will also love the museum!

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    1. I hope that you will. Colorado is beautiful and there's so much to experience here.

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  39. I love discovering new activities and places to explore in my town! It looks like you all had a great time!

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    1. Oh we sure did have a great time. I'm pleasantly surprised at all the things there is to do in our small town.

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