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Museum of Aviation in Robins AFB, Georgia
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- Museum of Aviation
- 1942 Heritage Boulevard, 1
Robins AFB, Georgia, 31098
- Mon-Sat 9:30 AM-5:00 PM; Sun 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
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About Museum of Aviation
Museum of Aviation, located in Robins AFB, GA, promotes research and public education through its Museum collection. Visitors to the Museum can see Museum exhibits, attend events at the Museum, and access Museum educational programs. The Museum supports itself through ticket sales, membership, fundraisers, and donations.You may contact Museums for questions about:
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (NMUSAF) in Dayton, Ohio has sent their rare Bell P-63E Kingcobra to go on display at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia. The Museum of Aviation serves as a satellite facility to the NMUSAF, the second largest within their system. The P-63, of course, emerged from the earlier Bell P-39 Airacobra, which it closely resembles. The U.S. Army Air Forces never used the P-63 in combat, although some were used for training purposes. It is perhaps for this reason that the aircraft is on the move from Dayton, as a number of other less prominent types in their collection have also been shifted off campus in recent months. The type did see some combat in WWII, however, with more than half of the roughly 3,300 P-63s built ending up as lend-lease exports; the Soviet Union received 2,456 Kingcobras while Free French forces obtained a further 300 examples.
The aircraft in question, Bell P-63E-1-BE Kingcobra 42-11728, never saw combat, but has an interesting history none-the-less. She rolled off Bell’s production line in Buffalo, New York during 1945. Unlike many of her brethren, this Kingcobra did not end up in the Soviet Union as part of the Allied Lend Lease effort. Instead, the aircraft went back to its manufacturer under bailment for a variety of flight test initiatives. This actually saw Bell place the aircraft on the U.S. civil registry as N41964 in February, 1946. In June that year, Bell modified the Kingcobra to include a second cockpit behind the engine, although they removed this addition by 1948. The P-63E was quite a rare model of Kingcobra, with only 13 of the variant produced, but the U.S. Government supplied five examples (42-11727 through -11731) to Honduras in October, 1948. Alongside the handful of P-38 Lightnings which Honduras also received, these aircraft became the first high-performance fighters in the Fuerza Aerea Hondurena (Honduran Air Force). Interestingly, all five of these aircraft still survive in some form or another and 42-11727 is also on the books with the NMUSAF, albeit presently on loan to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
Unfortunately, 42-11728 suffered a landing accident upon arriving in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on October 15th, 1948, relegating the airframe immediately into serving as a spares source for the other four Honduran examples. 42-11728 remained in that nation until Bell Aircraft re-acquired her in 1957. They performed a rapid, though comprehensive restoration, placing her on the U.S. civil registry that year, again as N41964. As part of this work, Bell returned the aircraft to a bare-metal, polished aluminum scheme, with her old U.S. Army Air Forces serial number on the tail. They presented the Kingcobra to the NMUSAF as a gift in January, 1958. She remained in Dayton on display as such through the 1980s, but sometime before the new millennium, the NMUSAF repainted the fighter to resemble one of the bright orange RP-63s Flying Pinball Machines. With armament removed and armor plate installed, these aircraft served as flying targets to help train bomber crews in the art of aerial gunnery. Rather than real .30 cal bullets, the trainee gun-aimers aboard aboard a bomber would fire frangible rounds at the RP-63s, with bullet strikes causing a light to illuminate in the fighter’s nose (where the 37mm cannon used to be) – hence the pinball moniker. In theory, these training rounds would break up upon hitting the fighter, rather than doing serious damage to the airframe, but it must have been a daunting experience for any pilot brave – or crazy enough – to fly the Kingcobra into such a situation! There’s a great article on the subject HERE.
Other than the unusual paint scheme, the NMUSAF never fully converted their P-63 into a formal Flying Pinball Machine, so it lacked the modified armor plate and lighting, it was nice to see a representative of this unusual variant on display. The NMUSAF has recently been redistributing some of their lesser exhibits of late, however, and had moved the Kingcobra into storage in recent years. It is good to know that she won’t be in hiding for much longer. The Museum of Aviation has expressed their intent to repaint the aircraft when they receive it, so it will be interesting to see what scheme they come up with once they make a decision.
The P-63’s fuselage left Dayton for Georgia last week, with the video below showing its departure.
Another aircraft on the move from Dayton, Ohio to Warner Robins, Georgia is Beech C-45H Expeditor 52-10893, also part of the NMUSAF collection. According to the Museum of Aviation website, this airframe will likely be making the journey east via C-17. The images below show the aircraft, partly disassembled, in the NMUSAF restoration hangar.
Museum of Aviation Foundation
Museum of Aviation Foundation
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Museum of Aviation Foundation
United States Air Force
The Museum of Aviation Foundation (full name Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base Georgia Foundation, Inc.) was chartered in 1983 under the State of Georgia as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The foundation built and continues to operate the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, which is now the second-largest museum in the U.S. Air Force.
The Museum of Aviation’s exhibits and programs honor U.S. veterans and their families and remind our Airmen of their legendary Air Force heritage.
The Museum of Aviation’s Education Center contains a NASA Regional Educator Resource Center (RERC), which provides free NASA-produced STEM educational materials for Georgia’s K-12 and university-level educators. The NASA RERC also holds monthly STEM workshops, NASA online training opportunities, STEM conferences, and intern opportunities to future educators. The Director of the NASA RERC is Clare Swinford, 478-222-7547, [email protected]
The Museum of Aviation is a non-Federal entity. It is not a part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.
Program for adults:
- Professional Development STEM Workshop Series offered by NASA Regional Educator Resource Center
Programs for Grades Pre-K through 12 include:
- ACE (Ask, Challenge, Educate)
- WWII Education Project Featuring the Tuskegee Airmen
- On the Home Front During WWII
- Mission Quest Flight Simulations
- Air Traffic Control Lab
- Homeschool STEM Workshop Series
- Mission Quest Advanced Aeronautical Series for Homeschool Students
- Guided Tours for History and GA Studies
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Museum of Aviation
Aerial congestion in the rotunda of the Eagle Hangar.
Warner Robins, Georgia
Unless you're in the Air Force, or you've spent time around Macon, Georgia, you probably haven't heard of the Museum of Aviation. That's a shame, because the place is huge. There are acres of planes and missiles outside, and a giant hangar filled with aircraft and displays, and another giant hangar, and another, and another. It just keeps going.
Globemaster cargo hauler, too big for indoors - for now.
Friends in high places (of influence, not altitude) and the adjacent Robins Air Force Base help explain why the Museum of Aviation is so big -- the second-largest Air Force museum in the entire U.S., second only to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in size and scale. There's a lot to see, the range of exhibits can leave you dizzy, and the fact that it's all so unexpected adds to the fun.
There are airplanes, of course -- too many to count -- but there's also a spacesuit from Skylab, the entire recreated "hideaway office" of Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, the wacky neckties of Lt. Col. Darwin Edwards ("Mr. Museum"), and the hand-sewn uniform of Jose the Duck.
Five Nazis and counting: the "Ferocious Frankie" was flown by a Georgia pilot.
And because generations of tax dollars paid for it, it's all free.
"A typical Air Force base will have a very focused flying mission," said Mike Rowland, the Museum of Aviation curator. "But because we're an Air Force depot we touch many things going on in the Air Force, so we can tell a more expansive story."
Uniform of Jose the Duck, mascot of a World War II bomber crew.
Take the Flying Tigers, for example. The Tigers were pilot-adventurers who left the U.S. military to fight the Japanese before Pearl Harbor, on the other side of the planet from Macon, Georgia. Yet there was enough of a connection to Robins Air Force Base to justify not one, but several Tigers exhibits in the Museum of Aviation. A dummy of Brig. Gen. Robert "God is My Co-Pilot" Scott Jr. sits in the cockpit of one of the Tigers' distinctive fang-toothed P-40s, named "Old Exterminator." William Pawley has an exhibit; he helped bankroll the Tigers, and died under controversial circumstances (Some claim he was part of a plot to assassinate JFK).
Then there's Raymond Perry Rodgers Neilson; his exhibit is titled "The Artist" because he painted portraits of all the Tigers who died in the war (The museum displays a rotating selection). Lt. Gen. Claire Chennault, the Tigers' colorful commander, is shown in a 1942 tableau with his pith helmet, his ever-ready supply of hot pepper sauce, and one of his Chinese manservants, who, according to the display, he christened with names such as "Ten Bowl Rice Man" and "Houseboat." And back to Brig. Gen. Scott -- he has an entire gallery, which you enter through a replica of the Great Wall of China, since he walked its entire 2,000 mile length when he was 72.
A "Super Jolly" helicopter; it flew special ops missions in Iraq.
Tooting our way to victory.
Interactive aircraft exhibits in the museum may not be Disney-slick but they get the job done, giving visitors the chance to experience what it's like inside a World War II B-17 bomber, a Vietnam War Huey helicopter, or a modern-day Joint STARS E-8C surveillance jet, sucking up data so that smart bombs and drones can do the work formerly entrusted to B-17 crews with mascot ducks.
The museum has so many airplanes that even its four exhibit hangars aren't enough to accommodate them all. Many are stored outside in the "back yard," while the museum has begun lifting the planes indoors onto pedestals so that more planes can be slid underneath. These once-again-airborne aircraft include behemoths such as a B-29 Superfortress and an SR-71 Blackbird that once flew 2193.3 mph, "faster than a speeding bullet," said Mike without exaggeration, the fastest recorded speed ever for a piloted airplane.
Mike said that the museum hopes to one day build its biggest hangar yet to shelter its most immense aircraft, but that will have to wait for funding from the Air Force and the museum's Foundation -- which itself is significantly funded by its annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament, which has an exhibit in the museum, too.
Museum of Aviation
Museum of Aviation
- 1942 Heritage Blvd, Warner Robins, GA
- Just outside the entrance to Robins AFB. I-75 exit 144. Drive east nine miles on Russell Pkwy. Take the Hwy 247/US Hwy 129 ramp, bear right at the fork toward Macon, then turn right onto Hwy 247/US Hwy 129. Then make first left into the museum grounds.
- Gates open daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Warner Robins Museum of Aviation
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.
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Entrance to Hangar One at the Museum of Aviation, housing Vietnam era aircraft(staff photo)
The Museum of Aviation is located at Robins Air Force Base in Warner-Robins, Georgia. It is situated on 51 acres adjacent to the base, and is the second largest in the U.S. Air Force museum system. Robins AFB is located in middle Georgia, 100 miles south of Atlanta and 16 miles south of Macon.
It is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is one of only seven aviation facilities in the United States to earn such a professional distinction.
It is a huge, beautiful facility, and spans several buildings and exhibit areas, including:
- Eagle Building
- Hangar 1 - Vietnam
- Hangar 2 - Century of Flight
- Hangar 3 - WWII Scott Exhibit Hangar
- Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame
- The Tuskeegee Pioneers & Beyond
- 483rd Bombarment Group exhibits
- 14th Air Force Flying Tigers
- Flying the Hump in WWII
- Outdoor exhibit areas
- and many more exhibits and tributes
A vast array of historical aircraft, vehicles, engines, missiles and other artifacts are displayed.
Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia (staff photo)
This is a small list of highlights of the more than 90 vintage planes that are on display:
- Boeing B-25 Mitchell
- Boeing B-29 Superfortress
- B-1B Lancer
- C-47 Skytrain
- C-54 Skymaster
- C-60A Lodestar
- KC-97L Tanker
- C-119 Flying Boxcar
- C-141 Starlifter
- P-40N Warhawk
- P-51 Mustang
- F-84E Thunderjet
- F-102 Delta Dagger
- F-105D Thunderchief
- F-111 Aardvark
- F-4D Phantom II
- F-16A Falcon
- SR-71 Blackbird
- and the list goes on and on!
We highly recommend a visit for aviation enthusiasts, and anyone with an interest in vintage aircraft and the United States Air Force history. It truly is an incredible facility well worth visiting.
It is physically located 10 miles east of I-75 exit 144. The official address is Georgia Highway 247 & Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA 31088.
A gate pass onto Robins AFB is NOT required to visit. See map below for detailed location and driving directions.
Parking and admission is free.
Eagle Building, South Entrance, Museum of Aviation (staff photo)
It is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and closed on New Years Day, Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Also available is an extensive, well-stocked gift shop, as well as The Victory Cafe.
Scenic Freedom Park, a picnic area complete with pavilions and restrooms, is located on the grounds for use by visiting groups and families. It also caters to special groups, events, meetings and conferences, and rents several rooms and spaces of varying sizes.
Visitors can take self-guided tours of the facility. Guided tours are also available.
Phone 478.926.6870 for detailed information, or visit the official website of the Museum of Aviation.
On our last visit in September of 2013, we spent nearly three hours touring the buildings and grounds. But the exhibits are so extensive and well done, that one could easily spend an entire day, and still not see everything.
Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, with two hangars in the background
Interior view of the Eagle Building
A-10A Warthog 305, Major David A. Flippo
B-29 Superfortress, S/N 44-84053
P-40N Warhawk, S/N 42-105927
T-33A Shooting Star, S/N 53-5199, Buzz Number TR-199
P-51D Mustang "Ferocious Frankie"
F-84E Thunderjet, S/N 51-604, Buzz Number FS-604A
USAF B-52D Stratofortress, S/N 55-0085
F-105D Thunderchief S/N 62-4259
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird S/N 61-7958
Lockheed C-141C, 65-0248, of the AFRC, March Air Force Base
F-102A Delta Dagger S/N 56-1151, Buzz Number FC-151
C-124C Globemaster II, S/N 51-089
C-119 Flying Boxcar, S/N 51-2566
Lockheed C-60A Lodestar, 42-55918, "Classy Chassy"
B-25J Mitchell, S/N 44-86872, "The Little King"
The 1935 Wilcox-Wilson bill provided for construction of new army air logistics depots, and in the early 1940s Macon civic leaders, led by Mayor Charles Bowden and supported by Congressman Carl Vinson, convinced the War Department to locate an airfield near Macon. In June 1941, the War Department approved the construction of a depot in middle Georgia dairy-farm country near the Southern Railroad whistle-stop of Wellston. The site was chosen because of its flat lands, artesian water, proximity to a main rail line, and abundant and cheap land and labor.
Robins Army Air Field, circa 1944
Known as the Georgia Air Depot in the beginning, the installation was officially named Robins Field in January of 1942 in honor of Brig. Gen. Augustine Warner Robins, a one of the Army Air Corps' first general staff officers. The town of Wellston was renamed Warner-Robins. Throughout World War II, over 23,000 employees at Robins repaired almost every kind of Army Air Force (AAF) aircraft, including B-17s, C-47s, B-29s, B-24s, P-38s, P-47s, and P-51s.
Its training facilities turned out nearly 60,000 field repair mechanics for every theater of war. The workforce supplied every kind of part necessary to keep AAF planes flying, and maintained thousands of parachutes, aircraft electronic and radio systems, and AAF small arms.
The decades following World War II were a time of change for the base. By March 1946 only 3,900 employees remained. Robins AFB served as a repair facility for B-29s during World War II and after the war a large number of B-29s were put in long-term storage at Robins where they remained until the outbreak of the Korean War when they were returned to service. During the Korean War, Robins workers retooled and fitted hundreds of mothballed B-29 Superfortresses.
Robins later played a key role in the Vietnam War, supplying troops and materiel through the Southeast Asian Pipeline and modifying AC-119G/K and AC-130 gunships. Also playing a role were the C-141, the C-130, the C-123, and the C-124 cargo aircraft, all of which were maintained at Robins. In 1973 these same C-141s supported the resupply of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. In October 1983 C-130s from Robins supported U.S. forces in Grenada. In 1990-91, during the Persian Gulf War, Robins provided record numbers of parts, repairs, and personnel to coalition forces in the Persian Gulf. Robins-maintained F-15 Eagles and the E-8 Joint STARS played key roles in defeating the Iraqi military.
Today, Robins Air Force Base is the home of Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, the 78th Air Base Wing, and more than 60 other units that make up a vital part of the Air Force warfighting team. It is the largest industrial complex in Georgia, employing a workforce of over 25,584 civilians, contractors, and military members. Robins AFB has the largest runway in Georgia and is capable of accommodating the world's largest aircraft, including the C-5B.
The map below shows the location of the Museum of Aviation in the Warner-Robins. It is physically located 10 miles east of I-75 exit 144. The official address is Georgia Highway 247 & Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, GA 31088. Phone 478.926.6870 for detailed information, or visit the official website of the Museum of Aviation.