Bird Aviation Museum Finds New Home
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Bird Aviation Museum Finds New Home

Location: Hayden
June 1, 2019, 9:00 am


Since 2007, people from all over the globe have flocked to the Bird Museum just south of Sandpoint to witness important pieces of aviation history and learn about innovators who have contributed greatly to modern technology. One of those innovators, Dr. Forrest Bird, founded the museum with his wife, Dr. Pamela Bird. The two passed away within a couple months of one another in 2015. Since that time, Pamela’s daughter, Rachel Schwam, has served as the museum’s director.

Forrest Bird is known mostly for his invention of the modern respirator, which has saved thousands of lives. In addition, Bird, a veteran of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, invented a World War II fighter pilot regulator enabling pilots to reach an altitude of 40,000 feet, which provided them a distinct advantage when it came to fighting.

In addition to housing aircraft from the pre-World War I era, vintage cars and exhibits of inventions, the Bird Museum also offers educational opportunities for all ages. The museum is currently on the family’s property in Sagle but will open at Pappy Boyington Field in Hayden with a target date of June 1—a move that will allow it to continue to operate and be accessible to even more people.

In a letter to supporters of the museum, Schwam wrote, "By obtaining this new location, the museum will be able to continue to stay open for years to come and serve the public, and we will continue our mission to educate visitors about the historic contributions of aviators and innovators who have helped create modern technology, and celebrate these individuals who have forever changed the way we live."

Whatever age you are, there is something for everyone at the Bird Museum. Whether it is a field trip with the school, a family day out or just another opportunity to learn, The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center, which is dedicated to those aviators and innovators who have and will continue to change the world, is a must see.

The museum hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 3pm, with special group tour times available.

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Bird Aviation Museum Finds New Home

Location: 10375 Sensor Avenue, Hayden, ID

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