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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 |

  • 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).  For more information about these events, please call (937) 255-7207.

    Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show
    Sept. 1-3, 2017

    This event is hosted by the museum every other year over Labor Day weekend. Sponsored by the Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers, the three-day air show takes place on the runway behind the museum and features jets, helicopters, warbirds and other radio-controlled models. Hours for the event are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

    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.

    Come join us celebrate 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 stations in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise.


    Armed Forces Day

    Sat. May 20, 2017

    POW/MIA Day

    Fri. Sept. 15, 2017

    70th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force

             Mon. Sept. 18, 2017

  • Memphis Belle on Public Display

    May 17, 2018

    The B-17F Memphis Belle™ – the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United States – will be placed on public display at the National Museum of the U.S. on May 17, 2018; exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943.  The Memphis Belle will go on display in the WWII Gallery, and the surrounding exhibit will include interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never been seen before by our visitors.

    Click here for more information about the Memphis Belle events.

  • 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. Doors open for indoor concerts at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for outdoor performances. Performances last approximately 90 minutes and may include an intermission.

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

  • 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.  Visit the links above for more information.

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.