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We love to surprise Aidan these days. I would bring home surprise pasalubongs (cupcakes…) , or treat him to surprise restaurants (Haagen Dazs, Kozui…) or (our favorite) bring him to surprise places he would enjoy (Global Fun Carnival, etc.). He loves airplanes and helicopters, and we bought him helicopter / airplane toys to play with. Occasionally, we would go sunset airplane watching at the Heritage Park: Sunset Air Plane Watching | Heritage Park Sunset Airplane Watching.

The ultimate surprise for any kid who loves Airplanes / Helicopters is to bring him in close encounter with the real thing! Of course, you need to set it up as a surprise and bring him to the Aerospace Museum of the Philippine Air Force in Villamor Air Base!

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The world class Aerospace Museum opened its doors on the 60th founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force last June 29, 2007. It was a long awaited opening after 10 years of planning, design and construction. The first floor has interactive displays of modern aerospace science. The second floor houses the Air Force heritage and the history of Aviation in the Philippines. The third floor has a view deck to see excellent views of the air base and its surroundings. Our favorite part of the museum is the display of the 18 kinds of military aircraft permanently towed in the museum for public viewing! The museum is located in the intersection of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 and Villamor air base complex. For P20 per person, you can enjoy this museum with your kids! They are open on weekdays and halfday on Saturdays.

b Ways to enjoy the Aerospace Museum by the Philippine Air Force

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1. Touch one of the modern planes on display in the first floor of the museum. Aidan got scared at first because the plane lit up when you go near it.

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2. Ride and see what’s inside an actual helicopter. I can see the surprised happiness in Aidan’s face when he climbed into the helicopter.

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3. Sit in the cockpit of one of the jet fighter planes.

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4. Be amazed with the different airplane models on display like the airport model above.

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5. Get inside one of the big commercial airplanes donated by the Philippine Airlines. This is air-conditioned plane.

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6. See what it feels like to peak into a night vision goggle.

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7. Further explore a total of 18 military aircrafts on display in the aerospace museum.

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8. Introduce your kid to different kinds of military guns. (maybe this is not a good idea)

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9. See this vintage 8mm movie camera and an old military phone.

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10. Enjoy dirty ice cream with your kid!

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Aerospace Museum of the Philippine Air Force
Intersection of Villamor Airbase Complex and NAIA Terminal 3
P20 Entrance Fee | Mon-Friday 8am to 5pm and 8am-12nn on Saturday

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