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 Registration for spring Behind the Scenes Tours opens Nov. 1
 See the aircraft restoration process first-hand
 Projects include famous WWII aircraft "Memphis Belle"
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Visitors view the restoration area of the National Museum of the United States Air Force during a Behind the Scenes Tour. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Spring Behind the Scenes Tour registration opens Nov. 1

Posted 10/30/2012   Updated 10/24/2012 Email story   Print story


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

10/30/2012 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Get a first-hand look at the aircraft restoration process during the Behind the Scenes Tours at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Registration for tours from January through May 2013 opens on Thursday, Nov. 1. The free tours take place every Friday from 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

During the tours, members of the public are guided through the museum's restoration hangars located on the historic Wright Field flight line in Area B of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, about one mile from the main museum building. Visitors will see a variety of aircraft in several stages of the restoration process, including the famous World War II bomber, B-17F Memphis BelleĀ®.

Interested individuals can register by calling (937) 656-9436 or submitting an online form at Registered participants should meet in the museum's Carney Auditorium between noon and 12:15 p.m. No group reservations are accepted.

Participants must be at least 12 years old, and an adult must accompany those under 18. A government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver's license) is required of all individuals 18 and over. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (a NEXUS card is an acceptable form of ID for Canadian citizens) or a foreign enhanced driver's license. The museum will provide bus transportation to the hangars. For security reasons, all bags are subject to search, and backpacks, packages and large camera cases are not permitted on the shuttle bus.

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

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Education Division at (937) 656-9436.

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

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