Military and aviation buffs mustn’t miss the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum (175 Bourne Ave., 912/748-8888, www.mightyeighth.org , daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m., $10 adults, $6 children) in Pooler, Georgia, right off I-95. The 8th Air Force was born at Hunter Field, Savannah as the 8th Bomber Command in 1942, becoming the 8th Air Force in 1944 (it’s now based in Louisiana).
A moving testament to the men and machines who conducted those strategic bombing campaigns over Europe in World War II, the museum also features later 8th Air Force history such as the Korean War, the Linebacker II bombing campaigns over North Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.
Inside you’ll find not only airplanes like the P-51 Mustang and the German ME-109, there’s also a restored B-17 bomber, the newest jewel of the collection.
Outside are several more aircraft, including a MIG-17, an F4 Phantom, and a B-47 Stratojet bomber like the one that dropped the fabled “Tybee Bomb” in 1958. A nearby “Chapel of the Fallen Eagles” is a fully functioning sanctuary to honor the more than 26,000 members of the Mighty Eighth that died during World War II.
To get to the Mighty Eighth Museum from downtown Savannah , take I-16 west until it intersects I-95. Take I-95 north and take Exit 102. Follow the signs.