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Ah, the thrill of flying! What has intrigued man for generations is commonplace today. A desire to soar like a bird and the ability to zoom across the skies have been the strength of military operations in the last century.

Thankfully, our United States Air Force heritage is preserved in museums that feature actual combat planes with stories to tell, and Georgia is honored to have one of the largest -- the Museum of Aviation near Warner Robins. Come "Experience the thrill of flight!" as the museum's website says, and admission is free. Help us celebrate 30 years of this outstanding destination, adjacent to Robins Air Force Base. More than 80 historic U.S. Air Force aircraft, missiles and cockpits are on display in the 200,000 square feet of exhibit and education classroom space, which also includes a restoration hangar, archives building, carpentry shop and aircraft-parts building. You can even test your skills in simulators! See "Planes that tell stories," page 16, for more.

Also commemorating its 85 years of passenger service, Delta Air Lines recently opened its new Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta, highlighting the company's history of commercial aviation. See Georgia News, page 8, for details.

For another experience of days gone by, see "Strings attached," page 22, to learn about opry houses across the state. Enjoy good, old-fashioned, family-friendly live music, week in and week out. These small-town opry houses offer spirited entertainment that you can enjoy -- or partake in yourself!


Ann Orowski

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Ethan and brother Cody, in back, test their skills in a cockpit simulator at the Museum of Aviation, on Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. They are the sons of Mike and Lyssa May, of Warner Robins. (Photo by Ronnie Kent Jr.)

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