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Discover the History of U.S. Airpower at the Commemorative Air Force Museum

The NA-145 Navion, nicknamed "the poor man’s Mustang," is one of many historic aircraft at the museum. Courtesy photo

You don’t need a book for this American history lesson: Experience it firsthand right here in the Hill Country. Learn the amazing history of U.S. air power and aviation at the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force museum. The squadron's museum is located at the Burnet Municipal Airport, 2302 U.S. 281 South.

See authentic World War II artifacts and a hangar with aircraft from the era. Thanks to donations from history enthusiasts, several of the museum’s displays are devoted to the pilots who flew during World War II.

Other exhibits include a turret from a B-24 bomber, a cutaway engine, an air-to-air missile, and guns from the United States, Germany and Japan. Aircraft include the SNJ T6 Texan, a PT-19 Cornell, and an L-17 Navion.

You can even take a flight in one of the historic aircraft at the museum’s events, such as the free Open Hangar Day. This annual event is the best way to see everything the museum has to offer. With the aircraft set up on the ramp, visitors get an up-close look at the World War II-era warbirds.

Guests are also able to walk around the hangar, visit with squadron members, and tour the exhibits. Rides in some of the aircraft are available for a fee.

The museum is home to the Bluebonnet AirSho, held annually in Burnet. The event includes aerobatic demonstrations, aircraft tours, and static displays.

Follow the museum on Facebook to stay up-to-date on events.

The museum is open 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Go to highlandlakessquadron.com or call ahead at (512) 756-2226 to ensure the museum is open.

Students are also invited to tour the facility and learn some of the history of these warbirds. Interested teachers may fill out an online contact form.

Editor Daniel Clifton contributed to this article

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