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History buffs and aviation enthusiasts alike will love checking out the Military Aviation Museum. As its name suggests, this museum is packed with military aircraft (more specifically, World War I- and World War II-era airplanes), which have been restored to their prewar condition. Noteworthy items from the private collection include a de Havilland Mosquito (a plane that's primarily made of wood) and a Messerschmitt ME 262 (the world's first jet-powered fighter plane).

Former visitors said this impressive museum offers an "amazing" assortment of planes, adding that the docent-led tour of the hangars (which is covered by the property's entrance fee) can't be missed. For an extra charge, travelers can go for a ride in one of the planes, but these flights cost as much as $375 per person and are only available between early April and late October. Another way to see some of the planes in action is to attend one of the museum's air shows; previous museumgoers raved about all three of the property's shows, especially the "WWI Biplanes & Triplanes" show that takes place every October.

Tickets to the Military Aviation Museum cost $15 per adult and $7.50 for each child between 6 and 17. Discounted rates are available for seniors, members of the military and groups with 10 or more people, and World War II veterans and kids 5 and younger get in for free. Ticketholders have access to all of the museum's exhibits, plus restrooms, a gift shop and a free parking lot. The property is situated about 15 miles southwest of downtown Virginia Beach. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit the attraction's website for more information.

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