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Research & Development Gallery Research & Development Gallery

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.

Listen to "Vision and Genius in the R&D Gallery" by Dr. Squire L. Brown (00:42:11)
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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.
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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.

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 are currently operating on the following schedule:

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.

(Note: Bus schedule is subject to change based on staff availability.)
Packard 3A-2500
Lorraine-Dietrich 8Be
Anzani 10

Renault 12-F
BMW 132E
British ABC Wasp
Fiat A-12
Gnome B-9
Bentley B.R.2
Benz BZ-4
LeRhone C-9
Packard DR-980 Diesel
Raussenberger (Rausie) E-6
Williams International F112-WR-100 Turbofan
Williams International F-121 Fanjet
Continental I-1430-9 Hyper
General Electric J-31 Turbojet
Westinghouse J34 Turbojet
General Electric J35-A-17D
General Electric J79
Curtiss K-12
Liberty L-4
Liberty L-6
Liberty L-8
Wright L-320 "Gipsy"
Rolls Royce Avon MK 203 Turbojet
Franklin O-805-2
Curtiss OX-5
Curtiss R-600
Wright R-3350-57 Cyclone
R.A.F. 1A
Rolls Royce Hawk
Simulated Ramjet
Wright T-3
Allison T-40-A-10
U.S. Model Bugatti
Curtiss V-1570 Conqueror
Allison V-3420
General Electric YF120
General Electric YJ93-G-3 Turbojet
Thiokol YLR99 Rocket
Allison YT-56-A-3 Turboprop
Salmson Z-9
North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Convair NC-131H Total In-Flight Simulator (TIFS)
Chance-Vought/LTV XC-142A
Lockheed D-21B
De Havilland DH 89 Dominie
Lockheed YF-12A
Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II
Republic YRF-84F Ficon
Republic XF-84H
Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor
Convair XF-92A
North American F-107A
McDonnell XH-20 Little Henry
Ryan BQM-34F "Firebee II"
Radioplane/Northrop MQM-57
Fairchild XSM-73 Bull Goose
Teledyne Ryan AQM-81A
Boeing YQM-94A Compass Cope B
Beechcraft MQM-107 Streaker
Northrop Tacit Blue
Bell P-59B Airacomet
Fisher P-75A
Lockheed P-80R
Piper PA48 Enforcer
Lockheed-Martin RQ-3 DarkStar
Radioplane OQ-14
Scaled Composites Long-EZ "Borealis"
Lockheed NT-33A
Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3
Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel
Ryan X-13 Vertijet
North American X-15A-2
Bell X-1B
Douglas X-3 Stiletto
Northrop X-4
Bell X-5
North American X-10
Martin X-24A
Martin X-24B
Bensen X-25A "Gyrocopter"
Grumman X-29A
NASA/Boeing X-36
Boeing X-40A
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