PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials behind a new aviation museum in northern Ohio say it will give modern-day visitors the feel of different era, a throwback to the growing interest in aviation between World War I and World War II.
The 23,000-square-foot Liberty Aviation Museum near Port Clinton opened with a ribbon-cutting Friday at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport, and museum CEO Ed Patrick promised its collection will grow and improve, the Port Clinton News Herald reported.
"We'll bring the look and feel of the golden age of aviation," Patrick said.
It goes down to the details, with art deco fixtures and chrome accents to complement the old planes and vehicles from the World War II era, as well as a vintage diner that was shipped from Pennsylvania, and restored to working order. The museum will have traditional glass display cases full of memorabilia, but organizers said some of the sights will be ever-changing.
"Basically the whole structure is a museum, the hangar, the workshop, everything," Patrick told The Blade in Toledo before the opening. "It's not a static museum; when you open the doors, everything isn't just in bookcases. Every day, planes will be worked on, restored, and flown."