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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 |

  • Memphis Belle Presentations

    Learn more about the B-17F Memphis BelleTM during free presentations titled "Memphis Belle - Dispelling the Myths". The programs will be presented by Dr. Harry Friedman of the Memphis Belle Memorial Association, and Jeff Duford Museum Curator. Dr. Friedman will speak about the Memphis Belle's missions overseas, its return to the U.S. and the time the aircraft spent in Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Duford will discuss the restoration of the aircraft as well as planning and construction of the new exhibit.
    These presentations will take place in the Carney Auditorium.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
    Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
    Thursday, April 19, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

  • Memphis Belle Exhibit Opening and Events

    May 17-19, 2018

    One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943. 


    The B-17F Memphis Belle™ – the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the United States after completing 25 missions over Europe – will be placed on permanent public display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018.


    Plans are underway for a three day event (May 17-19, 2018) in Dayton, Ohio to include a WWII-era aircraft fly-in, WWII reenactors and vehicles, memorabilia and artifact displays, music from the era, related guest speakers for lectures, book signings and films, including both Memphis Belle films in the Air Force Museum Theatre.  Activities will be both inside and outside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. 

    Click here for more information about the Memphis Belle events.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Armed Forces DaySaturday, May 19, 2018
    Armed Forces Day falls during the museum’s Exhibit Opening Events for the B-17F Memphis BelleTM. The theme for the Armed Forces Day Plane Talks is “bombers”. Subject matter experts will be stationed in the galleries near the 
                                                      bombers that relate to their expertise. Experts will talk about their experiences
                                                     and compare their bomber to the B-17.
    World War II Gallery
    B-25B –
    Lt Col (Ret) Jack Hampshire, former pilot


    Southeast Asia War Gallery

    B-52D – Col (Ret) Andrew Gilmore, former electronic warfare officer


    Cold War Gallery

    B-58A – Col (Ret) Chuck Jones, former navigator

    B-1B – Don Chislaghi, former engineer


    Research & Development Gallery

    XB-70 – Joseph Ventolo, former museum curator

    Future Plane Talks
    74th Anniversary of D-Day – Wednesday, June 6, 2018
    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, April 23, 2018, 4 p.m. - Inside Out
    Sunday, May 27, 2018 4 p.m. - Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle

    Living History Film Series ($)

    Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - Darkest Hour
    with guest speaker Group Captain Andrew Lloyd, RAF

    Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)
    with guest speakers Chris Henry, EAA Aviation Museum and
    Catherine Wyler, daughter of documentary Director, William Wyler
    (tickets available beginning March 26, 2018)

    Saturday, May 19, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - The Memphis Belle (1990)
    with guest speakers Chris Henry, EAA Aviation Museum and
    Catherine Wyler, producer of film
    (tickets available beginning March 26, 2018)

    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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