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Visiting the Museum of Aviation at Robins Afb, Warner Robins, Georgia

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Museum of Aviation - Robins AFB

Museum of Aviation - Robins AFB

There are many wonderful air museums located across the United States. From the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, to the New England Air Museum located here in southern New England, there are many opportunities for the aviation enthusiast to get up close and personal with their favorite aircraft. For those of you who find yourself in central Georgia, there just happens to be one of the premier aviation museums in the country, the Museum of Aviation, which is located adjacent to the Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.

The Museum of Aviation is the second-largest air museum in the United States and it is spread out over four large buildings and 51 acres of land. With over 90 different aircraft on display, the museum has something for everyone. We have had the opportunity to visit the museum on three occasions, and we still find ourselves drawn back to see the incredible display of aircraft that span the history of aviation from past to present. From the flying machines of World War II to the fastest and most technological aircraft of today there is so much to see here that it could very well take you a couple of days to see it all.

Aerial view of the Museum of Aviation

Aerial view of the Museum of Aviation

The very first thing you will notice when visiting the Museum of Aviation is the massive B-1 Bomber that graces the entrance to the museum. The sweep-wing B-1 entered service in 1986 and is still used today, having flown missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. Initially designed to replace the aging B-52 bomber, the B-1 is capable of flying at supersonic speeds up to mach 1.25.

In addition to the four buildings that house aircraft there are numerous static aircraft located outside throughout the grounds of the museum. Each building has staff on hand to answer any questions you may have and you are free to explore the museum at your our pace. You really will be impressed with the excellent condition of all of the displays and the different aircraft from every era of American aviation history.

The museum is free to visitors and is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. They are open every day except for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For the small fee of $5 you can take a guided tour, which last approximately 90 minutes and takes you through one or more of the museum buildings.

The Tuskegee Airmen: A Proud Heritage

This group of African-American aviators fought during the Second World War. They are renowned as the first African-American military pilots in the armed forces of the United States. Although still subject to segregation and discrimination at the time, these dedicated airmen flew in both fighter and bomber squadrons across North Africa and Europe.

Tuskegee airmen at the 2011 exhibit dedication

Tuskegee airmen at the 2011 exhibit dedication

The Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame

Check out this exhibit that highlights the over 90 men and women who have made the state of Georgia a world leader in Aviation. Located on the second floor of the Century of Flight building, the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame was first established back in1989 and continues to honor the aviation achievements of individuals from across the state.

World War II

See a restored P-51 Mustang, the workhorse of the WWII air effort in this exhibit dedicated to the millions who participated in the war to end all wars. A special display highlights “Rosie the Riveter” and the contributions of so many women back here in the states that helped our assembly lines produce the planes that turned the tide in the war effort.

P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang

The Robert L. Scott Story

It wasn't until our third visit to the Museum of Aviation that I stumbled onto the Robert Scott Story. And what a story it is. If you want to learn about a true American hero then make it a point to visit this exhibit. Scott flew with the famous Flying Tigers fighter group that operated in Burma and China during World War II. He flew a total of 388 combat missions and became one of the first flying aces of the war by shooting down thirteen Japanese airplanes. His autobiography, God is My Co-Pilot, chronicles his experiences during the war and was eventually made into a movie. Scott lived out his retirement right here in Warner Robins, Georgia, until his death in 2006 at the age of 97. Do not miss this exhibit.

General Robert Lee Scott at the Museum of Aviation

General Robert Lee Scott at the Museum of Aviation

World War II Normandy Air Invasion Exhibit

Learn about the story of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and their D-Day air drop behind the German lines. This regiment hails from nearby Fort Benning, Georgia and there is an actual C-47 Skytrain that flew the paratroopers on display above this exhibit. Lost in the land and naval invasion of Normandy is the amazing story of the heroic glider and airborne units that ushered troops behind enemy lines. You can find this 6,000 square foot exhibit in the Scott World War II Exhibit Hangar.

C-124 Globemaster

C-124 Globemaster

Thunderbird Exhibit

The F-16A Fighting Falcon is one of the most amazing aircraft to ever grace our skies. First introduced back in 1978, the plane and its future variants have been in active use by the United States Air Force for over 35 years. The airplane on display here at the museum was moved here in 2008 and is one of the most popular exhibits at the museum.

Used by the Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team, millions of folks around the country have seen the Thunderbirds perform their magic at air shows. Capable of flying at 1,345 mph it's no wonder that many of our allies around the world are flying the F-16 today. The airplane on display here at the museum was actually used by the Thunderbirds starting in 1982.

The F-16 Thunderbird Exhibit

The F-16 Thunderbird Exhibit

With so many aircraft on display here it’s hard to list them all but this collection is certainly one of the most extensive and comprehensive that I have ever seen. A few of the notables that deserve mentioning are included here.

Bombers:

  • B-25 J Mitchell
  • B-29 Superfortress
  • B-1B Lancer
  • B-52 Stratofortress

Fighters:

  • P-51 Mustang
  • P-40 Warhawk
  • F-100 Super Sabre
  • F-4 Phantom
  • F-15A Eagle
  • F-16A Fighting Falcon

Cargo:

  • Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter
  • Douglas C-124 Globemaster
  • Lockheed C-130 Hercules
  • Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

SPY:

  • SR-71 Blackbird
  • U-2 Dragon Lady

Attack:

  • A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog)
  • A-26C Invader
  • A-37A Dragonfly

Between the aircraft displays and the many exhibits there really is something for everyone here at the Museum of Aviation. They do a wonderful job of not only displaying the airplanes but also explaining their significance and role in the history of this country.

The museum is also host to a number of events throughout the year that involve the local community. From the annual Museum of Aviation Marathon to the Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament and numerous other educational and recreational exhibits, shows, and contests, they really do it all here.

If you are here visiting an airman stationed at the Robins Air Force Base or just find yourself in central Georgia, plan on spending some time at this wonderful museum that is a treasure trove of aviation history.

Video of the Museum Grounds Taken by Curator Mike Rowland.

© 2013 Bill De Giulio

Comments

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 15, 2013:

Hi Gail. Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Our son was stationed at Robins AFB so we've made many trips down there and we always make it a point to go to the museum. It's free and it's just a wonderful tribute to the men and women who have served our country in the Air Force. check it out on your next trip to the area.

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on March 15, 2013:

What an awesome hub! I love flying in small aircraft and I have been to Georgia many times, but I had no idea this was there. Thanks for the information, video and great photographs. Voted up, awesome and shared.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 15, 2013:

Thanks tirelesstraveler. Fort Benning is only a few hours from Robins. It's a great museum if you find yourself in the area and it's free. Thanks for the visit.

Judy Specht from California on March 14, 2013:

The picture of the Tuskegee Airman dedication was amazing. This looks like a good place to visit if I get to Georgia. My parents met at at Fort Benning and I would like to get to Georgia someday.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 08, 2013:

Hi Margaret. I do find these air museums very interesting and I try to visit whenever they are nearby. We have a pretty good one up here in Connecticut but the Robins AFB museum is one of the best that I have come across. Thanks so much for the visit, vote, etc.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on March 08, 2013:

When I was camping in Tucson my husband and I went to the Pima Air Museum, and it was so interesting. Perhaps when we are traveling in Georgia we'll get a chance to stop at Robins AFB - looks like a wonderful museum. Voted up and interesting - very well done hub.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 08, 2013:

Hi Peggy. The aircraft are displayed both inside and outside. The hangars are very large and can house many aircraft. I find air shows fascinating and we go whenever we get a chance. Will have to read your hub on the West Houston show. Thank you for the vote, share, etc. Have a great day.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2013:

Hi Bill,

What a fantastic museum of aircraft at the Robins AFB. Are all of the airplanes displayed outside or are some in hangars? On a much smaller scale, my husband and I have visited the annual airshow in our part of town. Wrote a hub about it titled West Houston Airport ~ Commemorative Air Force WWII Aircraft ~ Paratroopers and My Dad. We also viewed a collection of aircraft in Galveston some years ago. It was damaged by Hurricane Ike and has hopefully been restored by now. Up votes and sharing!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 04, 2013:

Hi Mary. Yeah, I was shocked also that it was free. In a military town such as Warner Robins there's not too much else to see so this museum is a big attraction. My son was stationed at Robins AFB for years so we would visit the museum whenever we were down there to visit him. Would love to see the Intrepid some day Thanks so much for stopping by and the vote, etc... Have a wonderful day.

Mary Craig from New York on March 04, 2013:

Free? That's a sure shocker, followed by 51 acres of land! I think you pointed out well what makes a museum really interesting and worth seeing, "not only displaying the airplanes but also explaining their significance and role in the history of this country".

This is a great hub bd! Your pictures, as we have come to expect, are excellent, and you give us a comprehensive tour of a very interesting place...having recently visited the aircraft carrier Intrepid I am more understanding and appreciative of this type of museum. Thanks for the tour.

Voted up, useful, and very interesting.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 03, 2013:

Hi ladybluewriter. Thank you. You and your family must have been mighty proud of Darwin Edwards. He certainly left a lasting legacy in that museum. I don't know if you've been there but it really is a great tribute to the men and women who have served in the Air Force. My hat is off to Mr. Edwards.

ladybluewriter from United States on March 03, 2013:

I sent you a fan message about my father's cousin Darwin Edwards who was the curator in Warner Robins when he retired from the Air Force where he was a copter pilot and served in Viet Nam. Thanks for writing this I know he would have liked someone telling about the museum.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 03, 2013:

Hi Bill. We have been to the air museum out in Seattle and it is a great one. I find these museums fascinating and try to visit one whenever we travel if there is one in the area. Thanks for stopping by.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 03, 2013:

Aviation museums really are very cool. Boeing has a great one in Seattle; maybe you saw it when you were out here. Anyway, loved reading this hub and looking at the pictures. Thanks for the tour.

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