"First Class University and Aviation History" College Park by AlbuqRay

College Park Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 118 photos

Home of Many Aviation Firsts

I recently spent four days in College Park, Maryland, while attending a symposium. I knew the University of Maryland was located there but I had no idea that College Park played such an important role in aviation history. Most of my Things to Do tips will be about the College Park Aviation Museum. The museum had special meaning to me personally because it connected me to the history of the Ercoupe, a small plane that my mom and dad owned when I was a boy. It turns out that the Ercoupe was manufactured in College Park.

Talking Wilbur Wright

As you enter the main gallery of the Aviation Museum, you will be greeted by an animatronic Wilbur Wright (no doubt started by a motion detector). He will tell you how he ended up at the College Park Airport and some aviation history. If Wilbur is not working, you may need to ask the museum staff to activate him.

Testudo's Home

In ancient Roman warfare, the testudo or tortoise formation was a formation used commonly by the Roman legions during battles, particularly sieges. Testudo is the Latin word for "tortoise". However, Testudo is also the 1000-pound official mascot of the University of Maryland. For over sixty years, he has been the symbol of the campus. In addition, Testudo is the name of the interactive web services internet site for the University. See the Sports Travel, Local Customs and General Tips below for University of Maryland information.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful university and outstanding aviation museum
  • Cons:Lots of traffic and hard to find parking
  • In a nutshell:Many aviation firsts and a basketball team almost that good
  • Last visit to College Park: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2010 at 4:14 AM

    What a great combination of a historic airport and an interesting aviation museum. The sort of place I really enjoy visiting.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Both your mom and dad were pilots - now that is something!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2007 at 4:13 PM

    Quite a nice page on the Aviation Museum with lots of great info. Interesting little plane, the Ercoupe! Excellent hotel & restaurant tip.


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