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Valor, Valiant, and Fees

Where does a Air Force retiree take a Vietnam Vet for his 80th birthday?  I decided to take him to the Valiant Air Command Warbird Air Museum in Titusville, Florida.  As the venue’s pamphlet states, the museum displays, maintains and restores all types of aircraft that were used by the world’s Armed Forces starting with World War I to the present. 

Upon arrival, we were immediately met with the shock of a $20 entry fee; oh, but wait, the military rate is only $18 and a whopping $2 savings!  This for all military who served their country and were apart of almost every display item displayed.  It was difficult to ignore this insult, but it was a birthday present that needed to be given. 

My #1 advice is to see this museum with a tour guide … it is worth it.  We were fortunate to have a great tour guide who provided the right balance of information, stories, and all in a timely manner. 

There were planes of all types … and it was an impressive display; but, my favorite one was the version of Snoopy and the Red Baron. 

The thing is, I have been to the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, and it is a much bigger and better museum … and it is free!  The Warbird Air Museum is a nice museum, worth seeing, and it is run by a non-profit organization; but, to charge the men and women that served our country such an outrageous fee is disgusting at best, and they need to rethink their financial strategy … I just couldn’t enjoy the venue with what they are charging our veterans. 

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