Museum Collections

About Our Museum Collection

The Sullenberger Aviation Museum collects and cares for artifacts significant to North Carolina and South Carolina aviation history. Our collection began as a volunteer-led effort to amass aviation related material.

Today, the Museum’s collection includes a wide variety of military, commercial and civilian aircraft. In addition, the Museum maintains an extensive collection of books, periodicals, photographs, uniforms and other aviation related materials.

Our Collection Policy

We acquire and maintain collections to preserve appropriate examples of historic and contemporary materials for present and future generations. The Museum collects items directly related to the existing thematic framework & communication objectives of the museum and the museum’s mission. Check back here for our revised Collection Policies & Procedures in October 2023.

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Making a Donation Appointment

Items that fit collecting guidelines must be approved by the Collections Committee prior to acceptance into the collection.

SAM asks that potential donors do not drop in with potential donations without an appointment. Donors must make an appointment with Collections staff in order to make a donation. Mailed donations cannot be opened.

Contact us for appointment by emailing Rachel at


Please do not drop in with potential donations without an appointment. Mailed donations cannot be opened. Please read the Collection Policy and contact us to schedule an appointment. Thank you.

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