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'Miracle on the Hudson' Plane Finally Makes It Home to Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte

June 13, 2011 at 9:49 AM | by | ()

It’s been a long journey—including some tight turns in New Jersey and a pretty big surprise landing in New York—but flight Flight 1549 has finally arrived at its scheduled destination of Charlotte, North Carolina.

On Friday afternoon the plane finally pulled into Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and was greeted to a water jet shower thanks to the airport trucks on hand to welcome it. The plane has since pulled into a hangar at the Carolinas Aviation Museum—it’s final resting place—and was on hand Saturday evening for an event to welcome it back home. Passengers from the flight—along with everyone’s favorite hero pilot—were there to see the plane from which they so thankfully escaped backed in January 2009.

It’s now finally our turn to check out the plane up close and personal, but it looks like there’s still quite a few things to be done before its open to the public. The museum still needs to unload the plane from its trailer and get things into the final display position. Right now it looks like the museum is closed at least through Tuesday, but they’re also requesting that you call before you come and visit. They’ve been pretty good about sharing details on Facebook and Twitter, so you can probably check out an update or two there as well.

Once we get the all clear to visit, admission to the museum is $11 for adults and $7 for the kids—if they’re under six they’re free. The whole museum—after all there’s more than just Flight 1549 to see—is open everyday but Sunday. During the week it’s open from 10am to 4pm, and on Saturday you get one more hour of education as the place remains open until 5pm.

It shouldn’t be too hard to find, but it is on the grounds of the airport so just don’t accidentally head into long term parking or the spot for rental car return. The full directions are pretty comprehensive on the museum’s website, but you can always just pop in the address—4672 First Flight Drive—into your technology of choice to get the turn-by-turn details.

We’re thinking the place is going to be packed over the next couple of weeks, so it might be worth it to wait a week or two for the initial crowds to die down a little bit. After all, you’re probably going to need to give them a little time to get the commemorative t-shirts stocked in the gift shop.

[Photo: Carolinas Aviation Museum]

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