Yes, you heard right. I was doing a little research yesterday and discovered that sometime in December McChord Air Museum became open to the public. All you need is your driver's license, and proof of insurance and your vehicle registration to get a visitor's pass. It's free! This is the first time since shortly after 9/11 that McChord Air Museum has been open to the public (that I know of).
You can check out their site, here.
Among their collection, which is impressive for not being a museum associated with an aircraft company, are such rarities as a C-124! They also have a rare C-82 Packet and a B-23 Dragon.
There are fighters to be sure, among them are the F-106, F-102, and the F-101. There is also an A-10. Considering the history of McChord as a long time Air Defense Command base, it is too bad there is no P-61 or F-82, both of which are such rare items that most museum curators would probably resort to dire measures indeed to obtain one.
I visited McChord Air Museum long ago, before even the first Gulf War. I was young, but have vivid memories. They did not have the C-124 on display at the time. If they did we did not see it. I highly recommend a trip to see this museum, which houses a few aircraft that other local museums DO NOT!
Go out and visit and Air Museum today!
**UPDATE*** July 2013**** The Museum is only open on Wednesday and Thursday for a few limited hours due to the sequestration. Thanks Congress.