Honor United States Air Force veterans with a visit to this large display of aircraft, with important stories of history and heroism.
See one of the nation’s most fascinating collections of military equipment at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. Allow several hours to study the 85 aircraft, missiles and cockpits in this multi-structure museum. One of the earliest aircrafts is a glider made by Robert L. Scott at the age of 12 in 1920, shown as a replica in a large diorama.
A cutaway of a C-47 aircraft of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment shows how paratroopers, pilots and gear were transported to the World War II Normandy invasion. See the story of D-Day from the perspective of the townspeople of Graignes, France. Learn about the Tuskegee Airmen in an exhibit explaining how these African-American pilots served valiantly during a time when much of the nation was still racially segregated.
View other World War II exhibits featuring the Hump Pilots, who provided supplies and support in the Greater Asia region, as well as the Flying Tigers, who defended China against Japanese forces. The 483rd Bombardment Group exhibit tells the story of B-17s in European combat in the last year of the war.
Look for aircraft from the Vietnam War, such as the UH-1 Huey helicopter that was used by special operations teams. The more modern SR-71 is a sleek reconnaissance plane that set an air speed record of 2,193 miles per hour (3,529 kilometers per hour). Get a close-up view of an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the popular USAF Thunderbirds Ambassadors in Blue flyers.
Use the self-guided tour brochure to be sure you see all the museum’s highlights. Pick up forms for two scavenger hunts before you start your visit. The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame features noted aviators from the state. Stop for souvenirs in the gift shop or have a cup of “jet fuel java” coffee.
The Museum of Aviation is open daily, with several holiday closures. Admission is free. Check the website for numerous special events. Find the museum on 51 acres (21 hectares) at the southern end of Robins Air Force Base, about 4 miles (6 kilometers) southeast of the town of Warner Robins, Georgia.