Visit The Air Force Armament Museum To See The Fastest Plane Ever Built

Air Force Armament Musuem near our beachfront hotel in DestinIf you are interested in American history and technology, the Air Force Armament Museum is a must see attraction in the Destin Florida area. The AFAM is the only museum in the world dedicated to Air Force Armament artifacts and memorabilia. Located minutes away from our beachfront hotel in Destin, Florida, the AFAM is a fascinating and fun look at U.S. military history.

What To See And When To Visit

The Armament Museum is part of the Eglin Air Force Base, which has played a central role in Air Force activities for over 70 years. The AFAM features aircrafts, bombs, missiles, rockets and other weapons from WWI to the Gulf War. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, and admission is free. No advanced notice is needed for groups to visit the AFAM, but it does not hurt to call ahead in order to make sure there are not other functions occurring at the same time.

Museum Highlights

One of the highlights of the museum is the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane ever created.  Active from 1964 to 1998, only 32 of these aircrafts were ever built, and 12 were lost in accidents. This miracle of modern engineering reached speeds of over 2,000 miles per hour. Including the SR-71 Blackbird, there are 25 different aircrafts at the AFAM. Another famous artifact housed in the museum is the MOAB, the “Mother Of All Bombs”. When the Air Force developed the bomb in 2003, it was dubbed the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed.

After spending the morning at the Air Force Armament Museum, you can spend the afternoon at our private beach. As the best beachfront hotel in Destin, the Henderson Park Inn offers a complimentary happy hour at sunset, beach services and beach towels and balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Visit our Photos page to see great pictures of our beach!

Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns. To read his latest vacation tips, click the Google+ follow button below!