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Museum of Aviation Warner Robins
Aerospace museum at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, USA
Military aviation museum in Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
Museum of Aviation
2006 aerial photo of museum buildings and aircraft
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 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.
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.
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.