Tours and Attractions

Museum of Mountain Flying
Phone: (406) 721-3644
Tours: (406) 549-8488
Description: The Museum of Mountain Flying was created in 1993 in an effort to preserve Montana’s aviation history, as well as to commemorate Missoula’s Johnson Flying service. The museum moved into its current facility in 2002. Their collection include a  Stearman bi-plane, a Twin Beechcraft Model 18, a Huey helicopter, and the legendary DC-3/C-47, N24320. Originally ordered by the US Air Force in 1944, N24320 was eventually purchased by Johnson Flying Service where she served smokejumper duty for most of her life. Her most infamous hour was on August 5, 1949, when she dropped 15 smokejumpers over a routine grass fire in Mann Gulch near Helena, Montana. Tragically, 12 of these brave men were killed when the fire blew up and chased them up the mountain. Thanks to dedicated historians and aviation enthusiasts, the DC-3 has been restored to its former glory and is now the centerpiece of the Museum. The MMF is located on the east side of the airport on Aviation Way. Just follow the signs. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 

Smokejumper Visitor Center
Phone: (406) 329-4934
Description: Smokejumpers are highly trained specialists who parachute into remote areas of national forests to fight the spread of wildfires. The nation’s largest training base for smokejumpers is located in Missoula. The remodeled (1992) visitor center at the depot offers updated displays, dioramas and videos related to fire suppression. Guided tours are given of the parachute loft and training facilities. Open memorial day through labor day 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Duration of tour 45 minutes to an hour. Minimum time to visit depot without tour: 20 minutes. Admission is free; donations are accepted.