See the aircraft that helped shape history

Grumman F-14 Tomcat in Miami
A Grumman F-14 Tomcat at the Wings Over Miami museum in Miami, as seen on July 24, 2015.

MIAMI — The Wings Over Miami museum offers a great opportunity to see vintage aircraft up close.

Located at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport and about 13 miles southwest of the central Miami business district, the museum features a mix of civilian and military aircraft that helped shape aviation history.

The centerpiece of Wings Over Miami’s collection is a 1992 Grumman F-14D. This particular example was one of the last active F-14s to serve with the Navy before it was officially retired in September 2006.

After it retirement, the F-14 dismantled and sent to the Miami museum. The airplane’s flight equipment and engines were removed to prevent it from flying again.

Other aircraft on display include a 1943 North American AT6D, a 1942 Ryan PT-22 Recruit and a 1972 Nanchang CJ-6AOne other noteworthy aircraft is a 1943 Consolidated PBY-5.

A Miami air museum dates to 1986, when pilot Kermit Weeks shared his collection of historic aircraft in a museum setting. Sadly, Hurricane Andrew severely damaged Weeks Air Museum in 1992, and Weeks relocated his collection to Polk City, Fla., and opened the 1,300-acre “Fantasy of Flight.”

The current museum was established in 2001. For more information, visit

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