Museum of Aviation
Aircraft that performed these types of missions during and after WW II have been meticulously restored and are now displayed at the 51-acre Museum of Aviation complex. The museum’s collection of more than 100 historic U.S. Air Force aircraft, missiles, and open cockpits includes a U-2 that flew CIA missions during the Cuban missile crisis and the SR-71 that in 1976 set the world’s (still unbeaten) speed record of 2,183 mph.
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Fun Fact:In 1907, Ben Epps, a 19-year-old mechanic and electrician built and flew the first airplane in Georgia. Although it flew only 100 yards, it heralded the birth of aviation in the Peach State. In 1922, Clarke County commissioners gave him permission to use a tract of land outside the city of Athens as a flying field, creating Georgia's first airport.