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{{distinguish|National Air and Space Museum}}
 
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{{Infobox museum
 
{{Infobox museum
 
| name = Virginia Air and Space Center
 
| name = Virginia Air and Space Center
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| established = 1992
 
| established = 1992
 
| dissolved =
 
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| location = Hampton, Virginia
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| location = [[Hampton, Virginia]]
 
| type = aerospace
 
| type = aerospace
 
| collection =
 
| collection =
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[[File:Virginia Air and Space Center.jpg|thumb|VASC exterior]]
 
[[File:Virginia Air and Space Center.jpg|thumb|VASC exterior]]
The '''Virginia Air and Space Center''' is a museum and educational facility in Hampton, Virginia that also serves as the visitors center for NASA's [[Langley Research Center]] and [[Joint Base Langley-Eustis|Langley Air Force Base]]. The museum also features the first institutional IMAX digital theater in the world,<ref>{{cite web |title=VASC IMAX |url=http://www.vasc.org/imax/index.html}}</ref> and offers summer aeronautic and space themed camps for children<ref>{{cite news|last=Paitsel |first=Nicole |title=Check museums, nonprofit orgs for educational summer camps|url=http://www.dailypress.com/features/family/dp-gl_summercamp_0418apr18,0,2021593.story|accessdate=July 25, 2010|newspaper=Hampton Daily Press|date=April 13, 2010}}</ref>
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The '''Virginia Air and Space Center''' is a museum and educational facility in [[Hampton, Virginia]] that also serves as the visitors center for NASA's [[Langley Research Center]] and [[Joint Base Langley-Eustis|Langley Air Force Base]]. The museum also features the first institutional [[IMAX]] digital theater in the world,<ref>{{cite web |title=VASC IMAX |url=http://www.vasc.org/imax/index.html}}</ref> and offers summer aeronautic and space themed camps for children<ref>{{cite news|last=Paitsel |first=Nicole |title=Check museums, nonprofit orgs for educational summer camps|url=http://www.dailypress.com/features/family/dp-gl_summercamp_0418apr18,0,2021593.story|accessdate=July 25, 2010|newspaper=Hampton Daily Press|date=April 13, 2010}}</ref>
   
 
==Collection==
 
==Collection==
The museum's permanent collection is housed in a three-story glass atrium accessible from two exhibit floors with an additional catwalk level available for viewing suspended aircraft from above. Volunteers maintain an amateur radio exhibit displaying modern and historic radio equipment. The exhibit also participates in the [[Space Amateur Radio Experiment]] where visitors can periodically talk to astronauts aboard the [[International Space Station]] .<ref name="official">{{cite web|title=Virginia Air & Space Center |url=http://www.vasc.org/exhibits/}}</ref>
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The museum's permanent collection is housed in a three-story glass atrium accessible from two exhibit floors with an additional catwalk level available for viewing suspended aircraft from above. Volunteers maintain an [[amateur radio]] exhibit displaying modern and historic radio equipment. The exhibit also participates in the [[Space Amateur Radio Experiment]] where visitors can periodically talk to astronauts aboard the [[International Space Station]] .<ref name="official">{{cite web|title=Virginia Air & Space Center |url=http://www.vasc.org/exhibits/}}</ref>
   
 
===Adventures in Flight gallery===
 
===Adventures in Flight gallery===
 
[[File:YF-16 VASC.JPG|thumb|A YF-16 on display at the Virginia Air and Space Center.]]
 
[[File:YF-16 VASC.JPG|thumb|A YF-16 on display at the Virginia Air and Space Center.]]
 
The gallery emphasizes hands on and immersive experiments on flight concepts such as control surfaces and propeller design and experiences such as flight simulators. The gallery also features numerous aircraft suspended from the roof in the main gallery. Most are restored and have close ties to flight research performed at area NASA, Air Force and Naval installations.
 
The gallery emphasizes hands on and immersive experiments on flight concepts such as control surfaces and propeller design and experiences such as flight simulators. The gallery also features numerous aircraft suspended from the roof in the main gallery. Most are restored and have close ties to flight research performed at area NASA, Air Force and Naval installations.
* A McDonnell Douglas [[DC-9|DC-9-32]] passenger aircraft donated by [[AirTran Airways]] dominates the gallery. Visitors can sit in cockpit, first class and coach seats and try their hand and take off and landing of a Boeing 717 flight simulator on board. Computer monitors are mounted in the first class passenger windows displaying left and right views of the flight simulator.
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* A [[McDonnell Douglas]] [[DC-9|DC-9-32]] passenger aircraft donated by [[AirTran Airways]] dominates the gallery. Visitors can sit in cockpit, first class and coach seats and try their hand and take off and landing of a Boeing 717 flight simulator on board. Computer monitors are mounted in the first class passenger windows displaying left and right views of the flight simulator.
 
* [[Consolidated B-24 Liberator|B-24D "Liberator"]] heavy bomber which features an onboard film giving visitors the feeling that they are riding along with the pilots.
 
* [[Consolidated B-24 Liberator|B-24D "Liberator"]] heavy bomber which features an onboard film giving visitors the feeling that they are riding along with the pilots.
 
* 1903 [[Wright Flyer]] replica
 
* 1903 [[Wright Flyer]] replica
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* F-4E "Phantom II"
 
* F-4E "Phantom II"
 
* F-104C "Starfighter"
 
* F-104C "Starfighter"
* F-16 Nose Section
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* [[F-16]] Nose Section
* F-18 High Angle-of-Attack (Alpha) Research Vehicle "HARV"
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* [[F-18]] High Angle-of-Attack (Alpha) Research Vehicle "HARV"
 
* [[F-84F]] Thunderstreak
 
* [[F-84F]] Thunderstreak
 
* Grumman-American Yankee Aircraft
 
* Grumman-American Yankee Aircraft
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==External links==
 
==External links==
{{Commons|Category:Virginia Air and Space Center}}
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{{Commons category}}
 
* {{official website|http://www.vasc.org}}
 
* {{official website|http://www.vasc.org}}
   
{{Wikipedia|Virginia Air and Space Center}}
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{{Use American English|date=January 2014}}
   
 
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