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Celebrate Aviation History Month at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Posted 10/31/2007   Updated 10/31/2007 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


10/31/2007 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Celebrate Aviation History Month in November by visiting the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum.

Join the more than one million people who visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force each year to see more than 400 aerospace vehicles and thousands of historical items displayed throughout 17 acres of indoor exhibit space.

From the 1909 Wright Military Flyer to the F-22A prototype, the museum's vast aircraft collection spans the range of military aviation history from the early years through today's age of stealth aircraft. Visitors can see a variety of aircraft, including the B-29 Bockscar, which dropped the second atomic bomb and is credited with ending World War II; President Kennedy's Air Force One; the F-117 stealth fighter; a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles; and the world's only permanent public display of the B-2 stealth bomber.

Many of the aircraft exhibits also include dioramas, which help bring history to life by creating scenes that draw visitors into the moment depicted, illuminating the story of the people behind history's aircraft and campaigns. Items incorporated in these displays include military uniforms dating back to 1916 and personal mementos, such as diaries and medals.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Sarah Swan in the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.


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