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New fourth building opens June 8, 2016
Presidential Gallery Presidential Gallery

Presidential Gallery

New fourth building opens June 8, 2016
Research & Development Gallery Research & Development Gallery

R&D Gallery

New fourth building opens June 8, 2016
Space Gallery Space Gallery

Space Gallery

New fourth building opens June 8, 2016
Global Reach Gallery Global Reach Gallery

Global Reach Gallery

New fourth building opens June 8, 2016

Fourth Building Grand Opening

The world’s largest military aviation museum is getting bigger! Be one of the first to visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s new fourth building, which opens to the public on June 8, 2016. See more than 70 aircraft in four new galleries -- Presidential, Research & Development, Space and Global Reach. You can board a space shuttle, walk through four presidential aircraft, look inside cargo planes, enjoy new educational opportunities in three STEM Learning Nodes  and much more -- all with FREE admission and parking!

Plus, try out the Air Force Museum Foundation’s new suite of simulator rides including the Pulseworks’ Virtual Reality Transporter (for a small fee), the first of its kind in North America, featuring an exclusive Space Voyage experience!

Special weekend activities and demonstrations are being planned for June 11-12, 2016, to continue celebrating the fourth building opening. Click here for more information about this event.

Click here to download a Fourth Building Grand Opening flyer.

For a list of frequently asked questions about the expansion, visit the Questions page (see Museum Expansion topic).

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Museum Hours
Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
FREE admission and parking, plus FREE WiFi!

Museum Location
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton)
(937) 255-3286

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Expansion in the News

Click on the links below to view recent articles featuring the museum's expansion project.

10 new tourist attractions in Ohio that will be open in time for summer
May 3, 2016 - Cleveland.com

5 famous aircraft in Air Force Museum's new hangar
April 12, 2016 - Military.com

Two presidential planes on the move at Air Force museum
April 9, 2016 - WDTN-TV

Air Force One move at museum ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ sight
April 9, 2016 - Dayton Daily News

Fourth building at National Museum of U.S. Air Force to open June 8
April 2, 2016 - Midwest Flyer

Summer opening planned for museum’s new building
Jan. 20, 2016 - Xenia Gazette

New Air Force museum hangar to open June 8
Jan. 13, 2016 - Dayton Daily News

Iconic Hanoi Taxi moves to new Air Force museum hangar
Dec. 16, 2015 - Dayton Daily News

Aircraft that carried POWs has new home
Dec. 16, 2015 - WHIO-TV 

Rare supersonic bomber rolls out of the hangar for the first time in decades
Nov. 11, 2015 - Popular Mechanics

XB-70 Valkyrie on the move in Dayton
Nov. 1, 2015 - WarbirdNews.com

Exotic XB-70 towed to new hangar draws a crowd 
Oct. 30, 2015 - Dayton Daily News

You're telling me this thing actually flew?
Oct. 29, 2015 - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Vintage supersonic XB-70 bomber arrives to anchor new Air Force Museum wing in Dayton
Oct. 28, 2015 - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Aircraft moves to fourth building at WPAFB
Oct. 27, 2015 - WDTN-TV

Planes continue moving into museum hangar
Oct. 7, 2015 - Dayton Daily News

New Air Force Museum hangar gets first aircraft
Oct. 2, 2015 - Dayton Daily News

Pilot helps celebrate X-15's move into new Air Force Museum building
Oct. 2, 2015 - ABC 22/FOX 45

X-15 lands in new home at Air Force Museum
Oct. 2, 2015 - WDTN-TV

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Fourth Building Conceptual Video
Fourth Building Information
Fourth Building Aircraft Layout

Fourth Building Videos

Media Registration

Media are invited to cover the fourth building grand opening events. Click here to register by June 3.

Fundraising Information

The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered to assist the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force with the development and expansion of facilities, has gifted $40.8 million to the Air Force for the fourth building. The Foundation's mission to support the museum will continue via fundraising (including future capital campaigns), revenue operations and investments. Click here to make a donation or for more information about fundraising efforts.

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