Located adjacent to the Presidential Gallery, the Research & Development Gallery honors the pioneering spirit of air power visionaries who have sought through the decades to achieve greater possibilities. Gallery visitors can view unique and exotically designed aircraft, such as the only remaining aircraft of its kind, the imposing XB-70 Valkyrie, which could fly three times the speed of sound.
The Presidential and Research & Development Galleries, located on the controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are accessible using the shuttle bus service from the main museum complex. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early as buses fill up quickly! Registration opens at 9 a.m. daily.
Shuttle buses are not handicapped accessible. Individuals requiring special assistance should contact the museum's Operations Division in advance at (937) 255-3286 to arrange transportation.
Military and Department of Defense civilians with government ID may use their private vehicle to visit the Presidential and R&D Galleries.
Note: A current government-issued photo ID (i.e. state ID or driver's license) is required for citizens of the U.S. and U.S. territories over age 18. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (NEXUS cards and foreign enhanced driver's licenses are not authorized at this time). Those under age 18 must be escorted by an adult (one adult per two children); children are not required to produce identification when accompanying their parents.
Hours of Operation
For those with base access, the galleries will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily (use Gate 19B).
The shuttle buses to the Presidential and R&D Galleries are operating on the following schedule through Dec. 31, 2014:
There are four shuttle bus trips daily. Registered participants meet at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. for a briefing and shuttle bus ride to the galleries. Please allow an hour and 30 minutes to participate.
Beginning Jan. 2, 2015, the shuttle buses will operate on the following schedule:
There will be two shuttle bus trips Monday-Friday. Registered participants meet at 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. for a briefing and shuttle bus ride to the galleries. Please allow an hour and 30 minutes to participate.
There will be four shuttle bus trips Saturday-Sunday. Registered participants meet at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. for a briefing and shuttle bus ride to the galleries. Please allow an hour and 30 minutes to participate.
(Note: Bus schedule is subject to change based on staff availability.)