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FIRST LEGO League Super Regional Robotics Tournamen  
January 7

The FIRST LEGO League Super Regional robotics tournament sponsored by STARBASE ROBINS and the Museum of Aviation will be on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

STARBASE ROBINS will serve as a host site for the 7th consecutive year, with this year's Central Georgia SUPER Regional Qualifier expected to draw over 40 teams. The event serves as a qualifying event for the Georgia State Championship Tournament to be held in February. From there, winners move on to the World Championship, which takes place in April at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA.

For more information, visit 

Runway Run
Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk
January 14 

The Sixteenth Annual Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk is one of the largest marathon races held in Middle Georgia and is part of the 2012 Run & See Georgia Grand Prix Series.  The start time for the marathon and half marathon is 8:00 am.  The 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:15 am.  Entry Fees are: 5K Run/Walk - $20; Half Marathon - $40 and Full Marathon - $50.  A $5 surcharge is assessed for registrations after January 7. Race packets may be picked up at the Museum of Aviation Century of Flight Hangar on race day only between 6:30-7:30 a.m.  A picture ID is required at registration/check-in.  For training tips, CLICK HERE.  For registration, CLICK HERE. 

Georgia NASA STEM DAY Conference
January 28 
Teachers are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Georgia NASA STEM DAY Conference to be held January 28 from 9 am to 4 pm. 

The day will be filled with hands-on sessions in STEM topics utilizing NASA educational resources and materials. Learn from expert educators how to engage your students and increase their enthusiasm for STEM disciplines using the adventure of space travel and involving them in authentic experiences.

Sessions will be grade level specific and topics will include:
* Astronomy* Engineering
* Earth Science* Language Arts
* Space Math* Competitions
* Technology* Space Exploration
The cost is $15 which includes lunch.  To register, CLICK HERE.

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit Dedicated

A crowd of 240 people came to the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins December 16 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to officially dedicate and open a new Tuskegee Airman exhibit.  Three "original" Tuskegee Airmen were in attendance:  Leroy Eley and Edward Johnson from Atlanta, Georgia, and Raymond Williams from Austell, Georgia.  The three World War II airmen were honored along with the nearly 15,000 other black Americans that made up the first units to fly and fight in World War II and lead the battle to desegregate the armed forces. 

Former U.S. Ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Jackson Young was the guest speaker for the event. Young praised the Tuskegee Airmen for being pioneers in the civil rights movement. And retired Major General Ron Smith, former commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, also gave a talk at the event.  General Smith initiated the project to build the first Tuskegee Airmen exhibit which opened at the Museum in Hangar One in 1997.  He said he was proud to have this recognition at the Museum of Aviation -- in his words "...the best Museum in the Air Force."

The new exhibit in the Scott Exhibit Hangar includes most of the original exhibit plus a new 30-foot long mural depicting a scene from Moton Field in Tuskegee Alabama where the Tuskegee Airmen trained.   Several officers from Robins Air Force Base served as models in WWII uniforms to create the digital mural.  They were amongst the crowd that surrounded the three "originals" for autographs at the conclusion of the program. 

Dudley Bluhm, Deputy Director of the Museum of Aviation and head of the Exhibit Design Team said "Central Georgia and the younger generation can learn a lot about the struggle and journey of the Tuskegee Airmen through this new exhibit."
"We have a lot of kids in our area and they can come here and learn about this part of American history," said Bluhm. "Kids nowadays are looking for heroes and these are some great heroes and great people to pattern our lives after."

PHOTO: Gathered at the event were: (Back row) Captain William Williams Williams and  Major Demetrius Brown from Robins AFB; original Tuskegee Airmen LeRoy Eley; John Stewart, member of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., Atlanta Chapter; and First Lieutenant Anthony Maxie and Maj Gen Bob McMahon from Robins AFB.  (Front Row left to right) Original Tuskegee Airmen Raymond Williams and Edward Johnson.

Commanders' Hat Exhibit

Twenty-one hats sit in display boxes. The hats had been in storage for a few years and have just been dusted off at the Museum of Aviation to showcase the commanders of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center. The exhibit, which opened a few weeks ago, is called "Team Robins Plus: Heritage of Command." Read more, CLICK HERE


Upcoming Events

January 7
First LEGO League Competition

January 14
Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

January 28
Georgia NASA STEM Day Teacher Conference

February 24
Construction Workshop

February 24
Air Traffic Control 

March 8
Middle Georgia Luncheon 

The Museum's Ongoing Events

Transporter Motion
Simulator Ride

Wednesday - Friday
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1 - 4 p.m.
For more information,
call 478.923.8800.

Mission Quest Flight Simulation Center

Ages 13 - Adults
School Programs
Monday - Friday
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Adult  Aviation
Team Building
This is a program of two to six hours. Minimum number of participants is 10 and maximum number participants of 20. 
For reservations, call 478.926.5558.

Guided Tours
Tuesday - Saturday
Tours last approximately 1-1/2 hours. Minimum number for tour is 10 and maximum number is 90.  For reservations, call 478.926.5558. 

Museum of Aviation Must See Videos

Tuskegee Airmen:
A Proud Heritage  
Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit
Museum of Aviation
Walk Around
GPB presents: World War II fighter pilot Robert L. Scott 
Artifact Spotlight:
Parachute Dress 

Day Trip Destination 

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Aviation Hours

9 am - 5 pm

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Creation Event
The FIRST LEGO League Super Regional robotics tournament sponsored by STARBASE ROBINS and the Museum of Aviation will be on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

To celebrate the FIRST LEGO League Tournament, STARBASE ROBINS invites the public to build a creation using LEGO (or similar) bricks and parts.  E-mail a picture of your creation to with the following information. 

First Name
Age (over 18 will be "adult")
Title of creation
School/Grade (if applicable)
City, State, Country

STARBASE ROBINS staff and volunteers will post the pictures of your creation two times per week on the STARBASE ROBINS Facebook page  Participants may submit up to five creations. When submitting picture of creation, please include above information. The last day for submissions is January 14, 2012. 

Middle Georgia Luncheon
March 8

The Middle Georgia Luncheon hosted by the Museum of Aviation Foundation and Colleen Nunn, wife of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn will be held March 8.  This years topic will be "ALL THE WAY HOME" Community Based Response to Returning Veterans and Their Families.  

The luncheon will hold a panel discussion with internationally known and acclaimed Thomas H. Bornemann, Director of the Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Atlanta, as the luncheons moderator.  

The luncheons panel members are:
  • Dr. Laurie Leitch, Clinical Trainer, Researcher and Psychotherapist and Co-Founder and director of the Trauma Resource Institute
  • Retired Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton, founding Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and former Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army
  • Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, licensed Clinical Psychologist from Washington, D.C. and Founder of "Give an Hour," a national network of mental health professionals
For reservations contact the Museum at 478-923-6600 or email the Museum at       

General Scott Memorial Golf Tournament
April 13

The Museum of Aviation Foundation will hold the sixth Annual Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott, Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble April 13, 2012 at Healy Point Country Club in Macon, Georgia. February 27 will mark six years since the famed World War II flying ace from Macon Georgia passed away less than two months before his 98th birthday.

"Scott's memory lives on in Middle Georgia," said Pat Bartness, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. "This tournament honors Macon's true hometown hero whose legacy will forever be enshrined at the Museum of Aviation." In honor of General Scott, the Museum of Aviation named its newest hangar the Scott Exhibit Hangar.

Education Department 2012 Spring Workshops

Feb 24
Construction Workshop
Plan and Build a City using Recycled Items and your Imagination!
1 - 2
Feb 24
Air Traffic Control STEM Lab
Participate in the real-world role of an Air Traffic Controller in the ATC Simulation Lab!
6 - 9
Apr 6
Spring into Science
Experiment with math and science with the Easter Bunny!  Bring an Easter Basket for our fun egg hunt!
PreK - 5
Apr 6
Computer Components STEM Lab
Build a computer!  Explore the parts of the computer by breaking down and building up computers.
6 - 9

Workshops are from 9:00am-12:00 noon.  All workshops are located in the Century of Flight building.

STEM Labs are hands-on activities designed for 6th - 9th grade students.  The programs support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math objectives.

All participants must be pre-registered. All workshops must be paid in full at time of registration. Please register for these events soon because spaces fill up quickly.  To register, call Jennifer Gombos at 478-926-5558. 

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be issued. In the event that a class is cancelled by the Museum of Aviation, we will make arrangements for your child to enroll in another class or refund your money.  
Young Astronauts' Day is May 12, 2012.  YAD registration forms are different from camp/workshops forms.  YAD forms will be online January 2012.

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