Virginia Aviation Museum

In late July, 2003, I visit the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond, Virginia with my friends Ray and Ann Rust.  The museum seems to concentrate on civil aviation, particularly earlier aircraft, and private planes (as opposed to commercial airliners, say).  They only have two military jets in their collection, both displayed outside.  The bulk of the collection is displayed in a very nice, spacious, well lit building, with plenty or room around each plane, and there are very informative for each plane, describing its significance.  They also have a very nice collection of models and other artifacts.  All in all, we spent about 2 hours there, and it was well worth the visit.

We were fortunate in that while we were there they were putting the finishing touches on a very accurate, flyable recreation of the 1903 Wright Flyer as it was constructed and configured in December, 1903 at Kitty Hawk NC.  The work on the plane was being done right in the exhibit space, and we were able to talk with the constructors at length about it, just 4 days before it was scheduled to be shipped to New York City for exhibit at Rockefeller Center.

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