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The Virginia Aviation Museum was built near the Richmond International Airport in 1987.   It houses a collection of antique airplanes as well as various hands-on exhibits explaining the science and history of flight.  It is run by the Science Museum of Virginia.  In 1862, near the same site where the museum and airport are located today, the Union used hot air balloons to spy on the Confederate troops during the Battle of Seven Pines.  A monument remembering these Civil War balloonists was built on the 100th anniversary of the battle in 1962. The land here is part of the Coastal Plain region of Virginia, and its flatness is well suited for an airport. The Richmond International Airport was built here in 1927 and is Virginia’s 4th busiest airport with over 3 million travelers passing through each year. 

Updated 9/4/2011