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Airborne and Special Ops Museum, Fayetteville

North Carolina, NC, USA

Description

Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville is an impressive, modern museum near Fort Bragg Army base. It is in a large building with a commanding entrance and a sculpture in the front. Inside, there are many scenes created with lifelike sculptures of military men and women, and civilians, combined with real equipment like helicopters, planes, and tanks. There are many interesting scenes, with descriptions of the history behind them. You can learn a lot about the battles that have been fought around the world, though it can also make you feel sad to read about so much hardship. 
There is a gift shop.
We didn't have any luck finding a good place to eat in Fayetteville. Circa 1800 is your best bet, though Sunday morning won't work because it has a 90 minute wait at that time. Circa 1800 is located in the historic downtown area, five minutes drive from the museum.
Besides the museum, there isn't much reason to stop in Fayetteville because it is not an attractive area.
This museum is a good stop if you are doing a roadtrip along Highway 95. You will need a break from all the tractor trailers that take this route, and will welcome some downtime. It is on your way if you are driving from up north to Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Savannah, or Jacksonville FL.

Photo Gallery


Statue in front of the building.

The building as you enter.

Inside the lobby, check out the paratroopers and their parachutes.

The US Army's first parachute combat assault, in North Africa.

See the parachutes behind this soldier.

War bond advertisements.

The airplane that carried paratroopers to Normandy on the night before D-Day.

A US soldier observes the approach of French resistance fighters. He will train them to use weapons, explosives, and communications equipment.

Soldier outside a boulangerie in France.

Insignia of the Red Devils, the 508th Infantry Regiment whose first combat operation was Normandy.

On D-Day, rangers scaled the 40-foot-high cliff at Pointe du Hoc, with German bunkers waiting at the top.

Rangers atop Pointe du Hoc, on D-Day.

Soldiers in France.

Uniform, rifle, and French and German phrase books, of the 101st Airborne division who went to Normandy.

Sit here and watch a video about Vietnam.

Tall photos of military men.

The American commander would not surrender to the German commander.

Waco Glider.

Side view of Waco Glider.

Scene in Vietnam.

Exhibit about Triple Nickels, who participated in the campaign against the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam.

The 173rd Airborne Brigade fought across rice paddies and in dense jungle, suffering many casualties.

James Nick Rowe spent five years in captivity in Vietnam.

Green Berets immerse themselves in the day-to-day lives of the villages they defend.

Airborne units in Iraq at the beginning of the century.

Spider hole for special forces in Iraq.

The war in Iraq.

The war in Afghanistan.

Special forces medics provide care in the Phillipines.

Directions

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Airborne and Special Operations Museum is located at 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville NC 28301.
Hours are Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5, closed Mondays. Closed on Jan 1, Easter, Thanksgiving (fourth Thurs in Nov), and Dec 25. 
Admission is free!
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