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Museum of Aviation
Museum of Aviation - Robins AFB GA.jpg
2006 aerial photo of museum buildings and aircraft
Former name Southeastern Museum of Aviation
Established 1981
Location Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
Type Military aviation museum
Owner United States Air Force
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Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
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North American P-51D Mustang
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Boeing B-29 Superfortress
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Lockheed U-2
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McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
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McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle
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Rockwell B-1B Lancer

The Museum of Aviation is the second-largest aerospace museum of the United States Air Force. The museum is located just outside Warner Robins, Georgia, and near Robins Air Force Base. As of July 2019, the museum included four exhibit buildings and more than 85 historic aircraft, among other exhibits, on its 51 acres (21 ha). The museum is also the home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Admission is free to the nearly half-million visitors each year, which makes it the fourth-most-visited museum of the United States Department of Defense.

History

The Museum of Aviation, originally the Southeastern Museum of Aviation, was founded in 1980, after World War I aviator Guy Orlando Stone offered his collection of aviation memorabilia to Robins Air Force Base if the base could build a museum to house it. The Air Force approved the museum in late 1980, and the Southeastern Museum of Aviation Foundation was incorporated in 1981 with the support of local civilians and base officials. Also in 1981, the Air Force Logistics Command, under General James P. Mullins, created its Heritage Program to preserve the history of Air Force logistics. The museum became part of the base's contribution to that program.

The museum opened its first office in 1982 after the acquisition of another private collection. That same year, the Air Force approved the museum's ten-year plan, and fundraising efforts began to collect the $9.5 million in projected construction costs for a permanent museum facility. The museum also added to its artifacts and aircraft collections, with its first airplane arriving in 1983, with a total of 27 acquired that year. The museum officially opened to the public in November 1984 with 20 planes on display and 20 more being restored.

By 1988, the museum's name had changed to the Museum of Aviation at Robins.

In 1989, Georgia governor Joe Frank Harris signed legislation to create the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, to be housed at the museum. Among the original inductees included Stone, whose collection had helped launch the museum.

In the 1990s, museum facilities expanded with addition of the "Hangar One" exhibit space in a former aircraft hangar. In 1992, the museum dedicated its 60,000-square-foot "Phase II" facility, later named the Eagle Building, which housed a theater, a diorama, and more aircraft, among other exhibits. In 1996, the "Century of Flight Hangar" added an additional 60,000 square feet.

In 2013 the museum announced that 32 aircraft were to be removed from display. Some of these were relocated to other museums and some were scrapped on-site.

In 2019, the museum unveiled a statue of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American pilot to fly in combat. Bullard, a native of Columbus, Georgia, served in the Aéronautique Militaire (French Air Force) during World War I. He was posthumously commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1994.

Aircraft on display

Bombers

Cargo aircraft

Fighters

Helicopters

  • Bell UH-1F Iroquois
  • Bell UH-1P Iroquois
  • Kaman HH-43A Huskie
  • Sikorsky H-19D Chickasaw
  • Sikorsky HH-3E
  • Sikorsky MH-53M
  • Vertol CH-21B Workhorse

Missiles and drones

  • AIM-4D Falcon
  • AIM-4E Falcon
  • AIM-4F Falcon
  • AIM-4G Falcon
  • AIM-9L Sidewinder
  • AIM-26A Falcon
  • AIM-120 AMRAAM
  • AIR-2A Genie
  • AGM-28 Hound Dog
  • AGM-88 HARM
  • AGM-136A Tacit Rainbow
  • AQM-34N Firebee
  • AQM-34V Firebee II
  • BQM-34A Firebee
  • BQM-34F Firebee II
  • Lockheed D-21
  • MGM‐13A Mace
  • MQM-107D Streaker
  • TM-61A Matador
  • YCGM-121B Seek Spinner

Trainers

  • Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet
  • Cessna T-37B Tweet
  • Fairchild PT-19A
  • Lockheed T-33A
  • North American T-6G Texan
  • North American T-28A Trojan
  • North American T-39A Sabreliner
  • Ryan PT-22 Recruit
  • Vultee BT-13A Valiant

Special aircraft

The SR-71A Blackbird on display is the current record holder for flight airspeed. Serial number 61-7958 set an absolute speed record of 1,905.81 knots (2,193.2 mph; 3,529.6 km/h) on July 28, 1976, which stands today.

  • 1896 Chanute Glider
  • Aeronca 7AC Champion
  • Cessna O-1E Bird Dog
  • Cessna O-2A Skymaster
  • Cessna U-3B
  • de Havilland Canada U-6A
  • Epps 1912 Monoplane
  • Grumman HU-16B Albatross
  • Helio U-10D
  • Laister-Kauffman TG-4A
  • Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
  • Lockheed U-2D
  • Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawk
  • Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
  • Stinson L-5E Sentinel

Education Center

The Museum of Aviation Education Center offers multiple STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs through their trademark National STEM Academy. The Education Center programs include Field Trips, History Special Events, Virtual programs, TinkerTech, Mission Quest Flight Simulation, ACE (Ask. Challenge.Educate) Programs and ever evolving extensive STEM programs. The Academy is also the home of the Georgia NASA Educational Resource Center where educators and future educators can receive free workshops, STEM conferences, NASA materials and internship opportunities.

Coordinates: 32°35′24″N 83°35′16″W / 32.59000°N 83.58778°W / 32.59000; -83.58778

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