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Special Events

Each year, the museum hosts hundreds of events that help convey the Air Force story

and military aviation spirit. Indoor and outdoor events range from flying events, exhibit

openings and aircraft rollouts to ceremonies, reunion groups, memorial dedications

and guest lectures.

| Upcoming Events |

  • Outdoor Aviation Events

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force hosts outdoor aviation events each year (weather permitting). 

    2018 World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous
    Sept. 22 & 23, 2018

    This two-day flying event of authentic and replica World War I aircraft is offered every other year by the museum and the Great War Aeroplanes Association. The event includes WWI living history re-enactors in a war encampment area, radio-controlled model aircraft, period vehicles, music and a collector’s show of WWI era items. The event will include guest speakers on WWI topics as well as many family hands-on and educational activities.

    Commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I with an event that will take you back in time.

  • Family Days

    The museum’s Education Division hosts Family Days one Saturday a month (excluding December).  These programs are designed for children and adults of all ages and offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Aerospace demonstration stations are located throughout the museum's galleries to teach fun aerospace principles.  Each month features a new theme; such themes include engineering, meteorology, gravity, and space.

    Click here for more information about Family Day.

  • Plane Talks

    Throughout the year there will be occasional opportunities to interact with various subject matter experts. These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise.

    70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift – Tuesday, June 26
    Subject matter experts will be stationed near the entrance to the Berlin Airlift Exhibit.

    Maj. (Ret) John Retterer, USA, former paratrooper

    Joseph Ventolo, former Museum Curator

    Future Plane Talks
    71st Anniversary of the Air Force – Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
    POW/MIA Recognition Day – Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

    Veterans' Day – Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
    Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

  • Concerts

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force teams up with the USAF Band of Flight and other performers for concerts throughout the year.

    Concerts are free and open to the public, and at times, tickets are required. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Doors open for indoor concerts at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances last approximately 70-90 minutes and may include an intermission.

    For more information about upcoming concerts, please call (937) 255-5924.

    Holiday Concert -
    Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)

    Ticket information will be available in early November.

  • Air Force Museum Theatre Events

    The Air Force Museum Theatre* offers a Living History Film Series and a Hollywood Film Series on several dates throughout the year. The theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation.  There is a cost associated with these film series.  Visit the links above for more information.

    Hollywood Film Series ($)

    Sunday, June 24, 4 p.m. - Thor: Ragnarok

    Sunday, July 22, 4 p.m. - Star Wars The Last Jedi

    Sunday, Aug. 26, 4 p.m. - Coco

    Living History Film Series ($)

    Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. - The Vietnam War
    The Oval of Honor presentation to three local Vietnam Veterans followed by a special screening of portions of The Vietnam War and a question and answer session with the honorees.

    Additional 2018 dates coming soon!

    * The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is a federally owned and operated facility. Therefore, by regulation, certain types of events and activities are prohibited at the museum. Some of the types of prohibited events are as follows:


   - Non-military/private organization events

    - Fundraising and non-profit events

    - Holiday parties

    - Weddings and wedding receptions

    - Funerals

    - Political events

    - Gambling events

    - Religious events

The museum receives an overwhelming number of requests for military ceremonies (re-enlistments, retirements, promotions, change of commands, etc.) and must limit ceremonies to General Officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, and the HQ AFMC Command Chief.  (WPAFB personnel should contact their organization’s protocol office for more information).


Other individuals not listed above may hold a non-support ceremony at the museum.  Non-support ceremonies are intended to allow individuals the opportunity to stand near an aircraft or exhibit for the purpose of conducting a small, brief promotion or retirement ceremony.  Complex ceremonies requiring reserved parking, chairs, podiums, sound systems, presentation tables, briefing rooms, and/or musical support, do not qualify for non-support status and cannot be held at the museum.  For more information regarding non-support ceremonies, please call 937-255-8046.

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