New Aviation Exhibit to Open in Roanoke Museum

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke is getting ready to open its new aviation gallery.

The new "Wings Over Virginia" gallery is set to open on Saturday. It focuses on the national and regional history of flight and features hands-on activities and computer touch screens.

The gallery opens with stories about the origin of flight and then takes visitors through the history of aviation and its development as an industry and activity in Virginia.

It is the culmination of a comeback that began six years ago when a storm tore the roof off the building over the previous aviation exhibit.

Officials say that it's a concrete example of how the museum has stabilized financially and responded to feedback since 2006.