Chanute Air Museum
The Chanute Air Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets aviation and aerospace artifacts. Special emphasis is directed to the life and accomplishments of Octave Chanute, Chanute Field/Chanute Air Force Base and its technical training programs, the history of Illinois aviation, and the community of Rantoul, Illinois.
If you love aviation history this was a great place to experience it gonna miss it and thank you to all the men and women that kept it open for all these years and to let all of us experience it also thank you.
I was trained there in Jan 72 and March 74
I was sad to hear that the museum is closing down at the end of this month. I visited the museum in Summer 2014, while on a cross-country motorcycle trip, and had been trained at Chanute in 1969-70 as a flight simulator technician. The museum was one of the nicer ones displaying aircraft and I was pleasantly surprised to see an F-104 Starfighter, as well as a B-58 Hustler. While in training at Chanute, our formation had to march past a B-36 on display. After finishing my training, I was stationed at Castle AFB, outside of Merced, CA and trained B-52 pilots. During another motorcycle trip last summer, I also stopped off at the Castle AFB air museum, and much to my surprise, I found that the Chanute B-36 had been moved years earlier and is now on display at Castle! Thanks, Chanute Air Museum for being there since the base's closure and the fond memories it brought back to me during my visit.
planes are in pretty bad shape, can't really go inside to see
Thought this would be a cool stop while taking a drive. Neat collection of aircraft. And cool processes of restoration on some aircrafts. Any aviation enthusiast should stop.