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US-DOCS\124543050.3 650 Town Center Drive, 20th Floor Costa Mesa, California 92626-1925 Tel: +1.714.540.1235 Fax: +1.714.755.8290 www.lw.com FIRM / AFFILIATE OFFICES Beijing Moscow Boston Munich Brussels New York Century City Orange County Chicago Paris Dubai Riyadh Düsseldorf San Diego Frankfurt San Francisco Hamburg Seoul Hong Kong Shanghai Houston Silicon Valley London Singapore Los Angeles Tokyo Madrid Washington, D.C. Milan July 12, 2021 Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. 166 North Roadrunner Parkway, Suite 1C Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011 Re: Registration Statement on Form S-3 Ladies and Gentlemen: We have acted as special counsel to Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the proposed issuance of shares of common stock, $0.0001 par value per share (“Common Stock”), with an aggregate offering price of up to $500,000,000 (the “Shares”). The Shares are included in a registration statement on Form S-3 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on May 28, 2021 (Registration No. 333-256607) (as so filed and as amended, the “Registration Statement”), and are being offered pursuant to a base prospectus dated June 29, 2021 (the “Base Prospectus”) and a prospectus supplement dated July 12, 2021 filed with the Commission on July 12, 2021 pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Act (together with the Base Prospectus, the “Prospectus”). The Shares are being sold pursuant to a distribution agency agreement dated July 12, 2021 by and among Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, as the sales agent or principal (the “Sales Agents”), and the Company (the “Distribution Agency Agreement”). This opinion is being furnished in connection with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Act, and no opinion is expressed herein as to any matter pertaining to the contents of the Registration Statement or related Prospectus, other than as expressly stated herein with respect to the issue of the Shares. As such counsel, we have examined such matters of fact and questions of law as we have considered appropriate for purposes of this letter. With your consent, we have relied upon certificates and other assurances of officers of the Company and others as to factual matters without having independently verified such factual matters. We are opining herein as to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), and we express no opinion with respect to the applicability thereto, or the effect thereon, of the laws of any other jurisdiction or, in the case of Delaware, any other laws, or as to any matters of municipal law or the laws of any local agencies within any state.

July 12, 2021 Page 2 US-DOCS\124543050.3 Subject to the foregoing and the other matters set forth herein, it is our opinion that, as of the date hereof, upon the completion of all Corporate Proceedings (as defined below) relating to the Shares, when the Shares shall have been duly registered on the books of the transfer agent and registrar therefor in the name or on behalf of the purchasers, or certificates representing the Shares have been manually signed by an authorized officer of the transfer agent and registrar therefor, upon issuance, delivery and payment therefor (not less than par value) in accordance with the Corporate Proceedings and the circumstances contemplated by the Distribution Agency Agreement, the issue and sale of the Shares will have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of the Company and the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable. In rendering the foregoing opinion, we have assumed that (i) the Company will comply with all applicable notice requirements regarding uncertificated shares provided in the DGCL, (ii) the Company will comply with any applicable limitations on the number of Shares that may be sold under Form S-3, (iii) upon the issue of any of the Shares, the total number of shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding will not exceed the total number of shares of Common Stock that the Company is then authorized to issue under its certificate of incorporation and (iv) certain terms of the Shares to be issued by the Company from time to time will be authorized and approved by the board of directors (the “Board”) of the Company or one or more committees thereof established by the Board with the authority to issue and sell Shares pursuant to the Distribution Agency Agreement in accordance with the DGCL, the certificate of incorporation and the bylaws of the Company and certain resolutions of the Board and one or more committees thereof (with such approvals referred to herein as the “Corporate Proceedings”) prior to issuance thereof. In rendering the foregoing opinion, we have assumed that the Company will comply with all applicable notice requirements regarding uncertificated shares provided in the DGCL. This opinion is for your benefit in connection with the Registration Statement and may be relied upon by you and by persons entitled to rely upon it pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Act. We consent to your filing this opinion as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated July 12, 2021 and to the reference to our firm in the Prospectus under the heading “Legal Matters.” In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder. Very truly yours, /s/ Latham & Watkins LLP