Virginia Air and Space Center - USAF.com
Virginia Air & Space Center * 757.727.0900
600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Virginia 23669
Located in Hampton, Virginia, the birthplace of America’s
space program, the Virginia Air & Space Center features dozens of
hands-on air and space exhibits, a premiere interactive aviation gallery
that spans 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, unique
space flight artifacts and more! Your imagination will soar as you launch
a rocket, pilot a space shuttle, become an air traffic controller, fly
an airplane, and climb aboard a WWII bomber! Come face to face with
the Apollo 12 Command Module that went to the moon, a Mars meteorite,
a DC-9 passenger jet, a replica 1903 Wright Flyer and more!
The nose-section of an A-6 greets visitors on the floor and an interpretive display describes how Navy aircraft differ. Families can even get in on the action with a green-screen exhibit that allows visitors to step into the shoes of a "Shooter." Guests experience the exhilaration of launching a Navy fighter from an aircraft carrier through green-screen technology that places the participant right on the deck and as a member of the Rainbow Crew.
F-16 nose section
An insider’s look at modern-day military aircraft
is offered with several exhibits and artifacts, including the nose-section
of an F-16 where visitors can peer into the cockpit of this popular
fighter. An interpretive display puts visitors in the driver’s
seat of an F-16 giving them an intense look at the challenges pilots
The Grumman-American Yankee was built in 1969 as a two-seat
general aviation passenger plane.
F-18 HARV (High Alpha Research Vehicle)
The F-18 HARV (High Alpha Research Vehicle), a former
NASA research aircraft, was used to improve the safety and maneuverability
of modern military fighters in combat situations. Flight research with
the HARV increased our understanding of flight at high angles of attack,
helping makers of U.S fighter jets design features that will make fighter
jets safer to fly.
UH-1M "Iroquois" Helicopter
Iroquois was used for transporting personnel and equipment, medical evacuation, and reconnaissance and security duty during the Vietnam War.The "Huey" has a fighter and night tracker system to detect and acquire ground targets under low lighting conditions.
Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel
Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel, NASA Tail. The aircraft was used as a research aircraft by
NASA Langley Research Center from 1968 to 1974 The successful demonstration of the Kestrel led to the development of the "Harrier," the world's first operational vertical take-off and landing jet fighter.
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