National Soaring Museum

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51 Soaring Hill Drive, Elmira, NY 14903 [Directions]
Hours (as of Sep 2009 1)
7 Days a Weeik: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Phone / Fax
607 734 3128 / 607 732 6745
<nsm AT soaringmuseum DOT org>

The National Soaring Museum is located in Harris Hill Park near Elmira NY (100 miles south of Rochester). Located on a hill 'overlooking' the Corning-Elmira Regional Airport, it has a soaring museum and an active air field.

There are also several other 'soaring' launches in the area, and at least 3 Hang-Glider launches can be seen from the air above the field. If you want to go hang gliding, or soaring, that is the place to go. If you show up on a Saturday morning in spring or fall, there is often (almost always) someone willing to take you for a glider ride if you can afford it.

[wikipedia]Eileen Collins (female shuttle pilot) got her start at the soaring museum, along with many other New York born pilots. High-school students in the area can swap work hours for lessons at the airfield.

Harris Hill also has some vintage 60's rides and games, batting cages, a pool, and some other attractions.

The [WWW]Wings Of Eagles Discovery Center (AKA National Warplane Museum) is on the north side of I-86 next to the airport.

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2006-01-15 19:26:55   This is a out of the Rochester area, but it's worth an entry becaise it's a very cool place. —FarMcKon

2006-01-15 19:44:04   It's in the Rochester area from my perspective. (-: —TobinFricke

2006-01-16 14:26:10   100 Miles is a 2 and 1/2 hour drive! You have a rather strange view of 'The Rochester Area' if that includes Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica, and almost 1/2 of :p —FarMcKon

2006-01-16 20:18:21   I am from California, which is 3000 miles away. —TobinFricke

2006-01-16 20:29:59   Crazy West Coast long-haired surfy-types! Try pulling that in Sicily... —HeatherYager

2007-03-06 07:12:07   It would be an easy day trip. If you are a real aviation nut then the Warplane Museum is just down the hill and in Hammondsport you could stop and see the Curtiss Museum (early aviation I think). The rides at Harris Hill are kiddie rides. —JcPop