Virginia Aviation Museum

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Virginia Aviation Museum
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird 01.jpg
Established1986 (1986)
DissolvedJune 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
Location5701 Huntsman Road, Sandston, Virginia
TypeAviation Museum
DirectorEdward Andrews
WebsiteVirginia Aviation Museum

Coordinates: 37°31′1″N 77°20′2.8″W / 37.51694°N 77.334111°W / 37.51694; -77.334111The Virginia Aviation Museum was an aviation museum in unincorporated Henrico County, Virginia, adjacent to Richmond International Airport (formerly "Richard Evelyn Byrd Flying Field"). Erected in 1986, the museum housed a collection of some thirty-four airframes, both owned and on-loan, ranging from reproductions of Wright Brothers kite gliders to the still state-of-the-art SR-71 Blackbird.[1] It is a subsidiary of the Science Museum of Virginia. The current building, known as the Martha C. West Building, was originally planned to be a temporary storage facility until the actual museum building finished construction.

The museum closed June 30, 2016. The SR-71 was moved to the Science Museum of Virginia where it is on display.[2] The remainder of the collection will be relocated and preserved, though a new location has yet be determined.

Exhibits and artifacts[edit]

(arranged chronologically by date of original manufacture)

WWI and Golden Age of Aviation[edit]

The Vultee V-1A Special at the museum


See also[edit]


Data from the display placards in the museum.

  1. ^ "HISTORIC AIRCRAFT" (PDF). Virginia Aviation Museum. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  2. ^ Ramsey, John (January 26, 2016). "SR-71 pilot to speak at Science Museum". Richmond Times-Dispatch. BH Media Group, Inc. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "N-number Database Search Result, N3835". Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "N-number Database Search Result, N8006". Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "N-number Database Search Result, N766V". Retrieved November 22, 2016.