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“One of the better small aviation museums”
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Virginia Aviation Museum
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I've been to several aviation museums in the U.S. and the Virginia Aviation Museum is one of the better small ones I've visited. It's not the Udvar-Hazy National Air & Space Museum but it's also not an all day affair. Good place for parents with kids that have some interest in aviation or adults that what to spend some time in a local aviation museum with the crowds.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

All kinds of great airplanes to look at, and interesting information. Some good exhibits on the physics of flight and an interesting section on byrd's flights in Antarctica. not too taxing...a nice way to spend a hot afternoon in Richmond, and not at all expensive.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Visited over the 4th of July weekend with spouse. I guess I was disappointed because I went in with high expectations and comparisons to such museums like the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum, the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, and the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. This is not on par with those large collections. The obvious star of this museum is the SR-71 parked outside the front entrance, along with an F-14 Tomcat and a Virginia Air National Guard A-7 to the side. There are several placards all around the SR-71 with great tidbits of information. However, it being exposed to the elements as it is, is beginning to take a toll on this legendary aircraft. Fading paint, bird droppings on the underside wheel wells, etc. On the inside of the facility, there are several static displays, most of which are from the 1910s to pre-World War II. No warbirds with the exception of a Spad XIII; no WWII aircraft or jets with the exception of what's outside. Some interesting displays. Overall, I guess you get what you pay for at $6.50 per person. The facility is well-kept and clean, and the staff was friendly enough. All-in-all, it'll take up an hour of your day.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

My two little guys and of course my Husband enjoy this museum! We have visited many .. MANY..times!! :) The exhibits are neat to see up close and the museum is in an actual hanger. There are a few picnic tables outside and the airport is if course always busy. So, there is the free entertainment that is exciting for us all! The charge to the museum is minimal and the children are always excited to go. Enjoy!

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Outside a visiter will be greeted by a Grummam F-14 Tomcat & a SR-71 Blackbird. In the lobby two ealy Wright gliders hang from the ceiling, both replicas. I would say half of the a/c are biplanes. Several a/c hang from the ceiling. All floor a/c are side by side, with no crowding and a low rope barrier in front.

The first area's a/c are from WW1 into the 30's, with the second being more modern. The newest a/c being a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. All a/c have information stands. Besides a/c, a number of engines are available. In the middle of the museum is an upper floor allowing a visiter to get a 360 viewing and be closer to ceiling a/c.

For part of my visit , my guide was Val Gude. Val was very knowledgeable about all a/c and able to answer any question I asked.Val told me most a/c were flown in before being placed on the floor. All a/c are in excellect condition, no junk looking a/c.

A small gift shop is available. A visiter can see the Tomcat & Blackbird from Williamsburg Road. A visiter probably won't find the museum's address in their GPS unit. To arrive at the museum, take Airport Road South off East Williamsburg Road, driving around a winding Airport Roasd. The entrance should be the second left turn.

A visiter will find no large crowds. Good lighting for photograpky. I recommend a visit.

Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-5:00.
Sunday -12:00-5:00.
Summer hours. Open May 27 thur Monday, September 2, 2013.

Admissiom:

Adult- $6.00.
Youth-$5.50.
Senior $5.50.
Active Military-FREE.
Members FREE.
Call for groups rates-804-864-1400, press 2.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

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