The Tennesee Aviation Museum


A few weeks ago I went with Tim to that most tacky of American places, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.   It’s a quick getaway from our home, and despite the presence of a sinking Titanic and Dollywood, and way too many cheap outlets and souvenir shops, the place has a few things going for it.  There are several great antique malls in nearby Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just down the road.  For the past several years Tim has wanted to visit the Tennessee Aviation Museum, and I’d always been grateful (having already spent quite a bit  of my life looking at antiquated aircraft) that we were in too big a hurry to actually stop.

This trip though, he was determined to make that visit, and I’m not too proud to admit that I was wrong to resist.  Yes, there was a hanger full of old planes and plane parts, but there was also a wonderful exhibition hall with all kinds of historic artifacts, including of course, clothing.  It was all very interesting, as there was a whole section devoted just to World War II, but it was not, strictly speaking, a military museum.  There were exhibits about early mail planes, and flying preachers and women pilots.  All in all, it was time well spent.  It just goes to show that fashion history can be found in the oddest places!

The top photo is a flight suit of an early mail pilot.  Do you think he looks like Lindburgh?

There were lots of uniforms, as might be expected, and I liked that included were several uniforms from the Women’s Air Corps and Women Air Force Service Pilots.

I  was happy to see another example of a silk escape map.

Probably the world’s most perfect shorts.  These are Korea era Air Force exercise shorts.  Can’t someone reproduce these?

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One response to “The Tennesee Aviation Museum

  1. Zelle

    This reminds me when I went to visit a Museum in Oklahoma city, I don’t remember right now the name but I loved seeing the aviators dresses and enjoyed the day a lot.


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