Model Airplane Collection at Great Falls Airport

When you are at the Great Falls International Airport, whether meeting a plane or flying somewhere, take some time to look at the amazing collection of model airplanes.

Bary Poletto started the collection and it is thought to be the largest collection of model commercial airplanes in the world. How many? 883 planes!

Two –thirds of the collection is displayed in glass enclosed cases at the Great Falls airport on the second floor. Bary’s first model plane was a 1968 Northeast Airlines Boeing 727 – and they just kept coming after that. Flags representing 164 countries are also displayed with the airplanes.

Bary has passed away but his family still takes care of the display. They are also working on a website that will show off the collection and give details about the planes.

Young and old alike enjoy this display. I was so impressed by the amount of detail and the sheer volume of the collection. I’m glad I had some spare time to look at it.


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