Honestly, amateur nerds often have more complete knowledge of some specific subject than people who talk about it for a living. People like you learn those things because you love the subject, and find it cool and interesting. Makes it easier for knowledge to stick. People who talk about it professionally will have a lot of knowledge down pat.
Out of curiosity are the planes maintained enough so that it would theoretically be possible to. Wheel one over to Dulles, put fuel in it, and take it for a spin? I’ve bought vehicles from museums before and it can be very hit or miss on how well they’ve been taken care of while they were on display.