Airborne and Special Operations Museum

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The Airborne and Special Operations Museum provides an educational resource for active-duty Soldiers and civilians alike. Part of the Army Museum system, the 59,000 square-foot museum houses artifacts relating to airborne and special operations units from 1940 to present. In addition to the hundreds of personal items, uniforms and weapons, displays include a C-46 “Skytrain” airplane suspended from the ceiling, complete with a jumper in the door; an extremely rare, fully restored WWII CG-4A combat glider; two helicopters and a Sheridan Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle. The ASOM offers a specially designed film in its 235-seat Yarborough-Bank Theater. The film, “Descending from the Clouds,” includes footage shot at several Army installations including Fort Bragg, and shows dramatic scenes of airborne and special operations Soldiers doing what they do best. The film is complemented by the 24-seat pitch, roll and yaw motion simulator, which allows visitors to join airborne and special operations Soldiers as they race across deserts, ski down snow-covered hills, free fall from an aircraft and fly at tree-top level.

Opportunities to become involved with the museum are always available. The Museum Friends program and engraved paving stones are available for purchase. The stones that line the ASOM’s Memorial Garden and go around Iron Mike are a fitting way to honor veterans and Family members, or to simply support the museum. Volunteers are always needed at the museum’s information desk and as docents helping to interpret the galleries to visitors. As an educational resource, military groups, schools and other groups are encouraged to visit the museum.

The museum is located at 100 Bragg Blvd., in downtown Fayetteville at the corner of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street. The museum is easily accessible from Interstate 95 and centrally located on the East Coast. Hours of operations are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Though normally closed on Monday, the museum is open on federal holidays should they fall on a Monday. The museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. While always welcome, groups are encouraged to call ahead for planning purposes. Admission to the museum is free. Prices for “Descending from the Clouds” is $4 and the Motion Simulator is $5 or $8 for a combination ticket. Tickets are available in the museum gift shop, which has an outstanding selection of airborne and special operations books, prints, clothing, jewelry and other specialty items. For information, call (910) 643-2773 or visit the museum’s website at