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 Four museum galleries to temporarily close beginning Dec. 15
 Necessary maintenance to be performed on A-1E aircraft
 
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas A-1E Skyraider at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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All museum galleries reopened on Dec. 17

Posted 12/14/2012   Updated 12/17/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Rob Bardua
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


12/14/2012 - DAYTON, Ohio -- UPDATE: All museum galleries have been reopened as of 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17.

The Korean War, Southeast Asia War, Cold War and Missile and Space Galleries at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will temporarily close due to necessary maintenance to be performed on the A-1E Skyraider beginning on Saturday, Dec. 15.

An inspection conducted today by museum staff found that the aircraft contained some remaining fuel. Although there is no sign of fuel leakage, museum and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials decided to temporarily close the surrounding galleries in order to expedite the safe defueling of the aircraft.

According to museum director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, museum staff and base personnel will purge the aircraft's fuel tank and reinstall exhibit railings and panels in the surrounding area.

"Safety is our primary concern," said Hudson. "We know this is a great inconvenience for our visitors and we plan to re-open the galleries as soon as it is safe to do so."

During this time, the museum's Early Years, World War II, Presidential, and Research and Development Galleries, along with outdoor exhibits will remain open. Check the museum's website, www.nationalmuseum.af.mil, for updates. 

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 www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.


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

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Rob Bardua at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1386.



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