Honestly no list is ever going to satisfy this crowd. Everyone has their OWN list, as shown by CNN commenters who wrote questions like, "What about Oshkosh?" "Don't forget San Diego." "Hey, check out what they have at Oregon's Evergreen."
Their energy and excitement punched through the page, proof of the passion that powers aviation fans, including the closet geeks who fly under the radar.
Some of the comments yielded the unexpected. About three hours southeast of Chicago, there's a big surprise in the tiny town of Peru, Indiana -- population 11,417.
Indeed you are correct, lastdomino!
This gem has three aircraft crown jewels:
--A sharp F-100C Super Sabre fighter plane that the museum says was formerly piloted by some guy named Neil Armstrong. Later, he went on to be the first man to walk on the moon.
"If you're ever close ... definitely worth the trip," lastdomino wrote.
To the east of Indiana near Dayton, Ohio, lies the aviation museum that rivals the Smithsonian, and which some say surpasses it.
An avalanche of CNN comments raved about the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, which is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum because of its location at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
It's safe to say this is one of the most historic aircraft in the world.
It's the jet that served as Air Force One for President Kennedy's 1963 trip to Cold War Berlin, where he made his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech.
It's the aircraft where Lyndon Johnson took the presidential oath of office after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
The historic jet where this famous photo was snapped is on display in Ohio.
It's the plane that ferried President Nixon to Beijing in 1972 to open U.S.-Chinese relations, triggering events that still affect us.
Not enough White House for ya? This place also houses planes that flew Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.
Other aircraft include the downright weird XF-85 Goblin, a stubby little so-called "parasite fighter" developed to protect bombers after World War II.
Commenter XR1138 clearly loves the famous airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. As a teen, XR watched aviation hall of famer Clarence "Bud" Anderson perform "the most incredible display of piloting skill and energy management that I have ever seen and probably will never see again."
Officially, it's called 2012 AirVenture Oshkosh. It started as a gathering of 150 people and a handful of airplanes in 1953 and has blown up as one of sport aviation's top-drawer events, attracting more than a half-million visitors each year, according to its website.
This year the airshow is set for July 23-29, and as usual, more than 10,000 spectacular aircraft from around the globe are expected to fly in for the Badger State's world-famous aerial celebration.
California and Oregon
Two suggestions from CNN commenters were destinations on the West Coast.
What sets the Sea Dart apart? Waterskiis!
This unusual figher jet was designed as the "first combat-type plane equipped with retractable hydro-skis, the first delta-winged seaplane and the first supersonic seaplane in the world," according to the museum.
Billionaire Howard Hughes' obsession, the Spruce Goose, lives in McMinnville, Oregon.
What's on your aviation bucket list? Where would you like to go for a top-notch aviation thrill? Tell us in the comments section below.