When you reach the McCarran International Airport, you will see something very special that marks a great era in the history of aviation. It is the Howard W Cannon Aviation Museum that will demand your attention. It is the place from where the first flight took off in 1920 to the modern jet planes can be viewed at one place. This amazing museum is reachable mainly over the Baggage Claim area. You can also reach here by the A, B, C and D gates or Terminal 2 of the airport. You can also reach it by the General and Corporate aviation terminal. Therefore, if you are waiting for a flight at the airport, simply stop by this museum and have a look at the amazing history of aviation.
If you are not travelling by air already, you can simply reach this place by following the Sunset Road. Not only this, you can also tune into FM 88.5 to talk with the pilots directly while taking off or landing their planes. You will find some great old time planes that will depict the history of aviation in Southern Nevada. There is also a Ford Thunderbird convertible, red 1956 model that was used in this airport during late 50s and 60s.
This is not a place for an average visitor who does not feel interested in this field. However, if you are an aviation buff or love to see the innovations that changed our world forever, you must definitely check this space. It is a true dedication to the pioneers of this industry who have lived and worked in Nevada. The museum is open 24 hours, all through the year for the pleasure of the visitors. There is no fee charged for the museum.
You will find 30 cases displaying the best in aviation. Moreover, there is also a small video presentation that would help you in understanding the aviation legacy of Nevada. The airport hosts more than 36 million people annually and this is why the museum gets a lot of traffic and appreciation.