Museum of Aviation (Warner Robins)

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
Museum of Aviation - Robins AFB GA.jpg
2006 aerial photo of museum buildings and aircraft
LocationRobins Air Force Base, Georgia
OwnerUnited States Air Force


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 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


Cargo aircraftEdit



Missiles and dronesEdit


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.[9]


Other Air Force museumsEdit


  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". Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  7. ^ "Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame: Hall of Fame". 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. ^ A-12, YF-12A, & SR-71 Timeline of Events

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