Museum of Aviation (Warner Robins)

Summary

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).[1] The museum is also the home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.[2] 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.[3]

Museum of Aviation
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2006 aerial photo of museum buildings and aircraft
Museum of Aviation (Warner Robins) is located in Georgia
Museum of Aviation (Warner Robins)
Location within Georgia
Former name
Southeastern Museum of Aviation
Established1981
LocationRobins Air Force Base, Georgia
TypeMilitary aviation museum
DirectorKen Emery
OwnerUnited States Air Force
Websitehttp://www.museumofaviation.org/
Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
North American P-51D Mustang
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Lockheed U-2
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle
Rockwell B-1B Lancer

HistoryEdit

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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

The museum opened its first office in 1982 after the acquisition of another private collection.[2] 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.[2] 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.[4]

By 1988, the museum's name had changed to the Museum of Aviation at Robins.[5]

In 1989, Georgia governor Joe Frank Harris signed legislation to create the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, to be housed at the museum.[6] Among the original inductees included Stone, whose collection had helped launch the museum.[2][7]

In the 1990s, museum facilities expanded with addition of the "Hangar One" exhibit space in a former aircraft hangar.[5] 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.[5] In 1996, the "Century of Flight Hangar" added an additional 60,000 square feet.[5]

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.[8]

Aircraft on displayEdit

BombersEdit

Cargo aircraftEdit

FightersEdit

HelicoptersEdit

Missiles and dronesEdit

TrainersEdit

Special aircraftEdit

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.[77]

Education CenterEdit

The National STEM Academy is a registered trademark program of the Museum of Aviation Foundation.  The National STEM Academy offers field trip and individual programs that integrate innovative, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines, including the ‘Arts‘ such as history, literature, and more through the Heritage, ACE (Ask. Challenge. Educate.), Mission Quest, and the Educator Resource Center programs. These programs are offered for learners ages 4 through adult. Rigorous, goal-setting experiences challenge participants to solve problems and are aligned to state and national education standards. Career opportunities and workforce development strategies are highlighted throughout.

Field trips, workshops, and special events are conducted both at the Museum of Aviation, “On the Go” through outreach at school sites, and via live virtual field trips. 36,224 students and teachers were served by National STEM Academy programs during FY 2019.  STARBASE ROBINS served 16,988, for a total of 53,212 students and teachers served by the Museum of Aviation Foundation Education Center.

The Museum of Aviation Foundation, including the National STEM Academy, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Proceeds from all National STEM Academy programs, as well as, National STEM Academy monetary donations, go directly back to support the National STEM Academy. [91]

 
ACE Field Trip
 
Professional development workshop through the Educator Resource Center at the Museum of Aviation.

See alsoEdit

 
Heritage Guided Tour
 
Mission Quest Flight Sim Field Trip

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Plan Your Visit". Museum of Aviation. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Head, William; Iobst, Richard W. (Summer 1992). "Preserving the History of Air Power Logistics in the Southeast: The First Decade of the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFВ, Georgia" (PDF). Air Force Journal of Logistics: 25–29.
  3. ^ Museum of Aviation Donor Guide (PDF). Museum of Aviation Foundation. pp. 3–4.
  4. ^ "About the Museum of Aviation". Museum of Aviation. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  5. ^ a b c d Head, William; Truluck, Diane H. (1997). A History of the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, The Crown Jewel of Georgia (PDF). Office of History, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.
  6. ^ "Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame: About". www.gaaviationhalloffame.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  7. ^ "Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame: Hall of Fame". www.gaaviationhalloffame.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  8. ^ Prior, Ryan (2019-10-09). "The first African-American fighter pilot now has a statue at an aviation museum in Georgia". CNN. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  9. ^ "B-17G "Flying Fortress" Undergoing Restoration". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  10. ^ "B-29B "Superfortress"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  11. ^ "B-52D "Stratofortress"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  12. ^ "VB-26B "Invader"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  13. ^ "WB-66D "Destroyer"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  14. ^ a b "LOANED AIRCRAFT BY LOC" (PDF). National Museum of the United States Air Force. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  15. ^ "B-57B "Canberra"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  16. ^ "B-1B "Lancer"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  17. ^ "C-45G "Expeditor" Undergoing Restoration". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  18. ^ "EC-135N "Stratotanker"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  19. ^ "KC-97L "Stratofreighter"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  20. ^ "UC-78B "Bamboo Bomber"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  21. ^ "C-46D "Commando"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  22. ^ "C-7A "Caribou"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  23. ^ "C-47B "Skytrain"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  24. ^ "C-54G "Skymaster"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  25. ^ "C-119C "Flying Boxcar"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  26. ^ "C-123K "Provider"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  27. ^ "C-124C "Globemaster II"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  28. ^ "AC-130A "Spectre"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  29. ^ "C-130E "Hercules"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  30. ^ "C-141C "Starlifter"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  31. ^ "EC-121K "Constellation"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  32. ^ "VC-140B "JetStar"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  33. ^ "A-37A "Dragonfly"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  34. ^ "F-102A "Delta Dagger"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  35. ^ "F-106A "Delta Dart"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  36. ^ "P-40N "Warhawk"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  37. ^ "A-10A "Thunderbolt II"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  38. ^ "F-16A "Fighting Falcon"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  39. ^ "F-111E "Aardvark"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  40. ^ "F-80C "Shooting Star"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  41. ^ "F-101F "Voodoo"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  42. ^ "F-4D "Phantom II"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  43. ^ "F-15A "Eagle"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  44. ^ Espinosa, Shellie-Anne (28 June 2019). "F-15A becomes signature aircraft at Museum of Aviation". Robins Air Force Base. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  45. ^ "RF-101C "Voodoo"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  46. ^ "MiG-17 "Fresco"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  47. ^ "F-86H "Sabre"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  48. ^ "F-100D "Super Sabre"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  49. ^ "P-51H "Mustang"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  50. ^ "F-89J "Scorpion"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  51. ^ "F-84E "Thunderjet"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  52. ^ "F-105D "Thunderchief"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  53. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Bell UH-1F-BF Iroquois, s/n 65-7959 USAF, c/n 7100". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  54. ^ "UH-1P "Iroquois"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  55. ^ "HH-43F "Huskie"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  56. ^ "UH-19D "Chickasaw"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  57. ^ "HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  58. ^ "MH-53M "Pave Low"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  59. ^ "CH-21B "Workhorse"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  60. ^ "AGM-28A "Hound Dog"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  61. ^ "AQM-34N "Firebee"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  62. ^ "AQM-34V "Firebee II"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  63. ^ "BQM-34A-53 "Firebee"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  64. ^ "BQM-34F "Firebee II"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  65. ^ "MGM-13A "Mace"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  66. ^ "MQM-107D "Streaker"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  67. ^ "TM-61A "Matador"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  68. ^ "PT-17 "Kaydet"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  69. ^ "T-37B "Tweet"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  70. ^ "PT-19A "Cornell"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  71. ^ "T-33A "Shooting Star"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  72. ^ "T-6G "Texan"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  73. ^ "T-28A "Trojan"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  74. ^ "T-39A "Sabreliner"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  75. ^ "PT-22 "Recruit"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  76. ^ "BT-13B "Valiant"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  77. ^ A-12, YF-12A, & SR-71 Timeline of Events
  78. ^ "L-16B "Grasshopper"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  79. ^ "L-19A (O-1E) "Bird Dog"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  80. ^ "O-2A "Skymaster"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  81. ^ "U-3B "Blue Canoe"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  82. ^ "U-6A "Beaver"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  83. ^ "AIRCRAFT PROJECTS". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  84. ^ "U-10B "Super Courier"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  85. ^ "TG-4A "Yankee Doodle"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  86. ^ "SR-71A "Blackbird"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  87. ^ "U-2C "Dragon Lady"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  88. ^ "RQ-4A "Global Hawk"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  89. ^ "OV-10A "Bronco"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  90. ^ "L-5E "Sentinel"". Museum of Aviation Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  91. ^ "About the Education Center". Museum of Aviation. Retrieved 2022-04-18.

External linksEdit

  • Museum of Aviation

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