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 The museum's planned fourth building will now include aircraft from the Research and Development Gallery, along with a new Presidential Gallery, an expanded Space Gallery and select global reach planes
 Visitors will no longer need to ride a shuttle bus to the Presidential and R&D Galleries
 Current plans call for construction of the building to begin in 2014 and initially open in 2015
 The Air Force Museum Foundation continues to fundraise and has secured $38 million in cash and pledges toward their $46 million goal
 
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to include XB-70 and other R&D aircraft in new fourth building

Posted 5/22/2013   Updated 5/22/2013 Email story   Print story

    


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


5/22/2013 - DAYTON, Ohio -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's planned fourth building will now include aircraft from the Research and Development (R&D) Gallery, along with a new Presidential Gallery, an expanded Space Gallery and select global reach planes.

The addition of many of the R&D aircraft will allow visitors to see the popular XB-70, X-1B and the "flying saucer-like" Avrocar, among others.

Previously, museum visitors without military base access were required to ride a shuttle bus to the Presidential and R&D Galleries. The galleries, which are currently located on a controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, were closed May 1 until further notice as part of budget reduction requirements due to sequestration.

According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, the new gallery plans will provide the museum with more educational outreach opportunities and be a great convenience for the public.

"The fourth building will help us further tell the Air Force story with the addition of many rare, one-of-a-kind aircraft, including some from the R&D Gallery, which along with the presidential aircraft, are highly regarded by our visitors," said Hudson. "All visitors will be able to see these aircraft and we will no longer have to bear the cost of shuttle buses to those galleries."

In order to make room for the additional R&D aircraft, acquisition of some global reach aircraft that were originally planned for the fourth building, such as a still active C-5 and KC-135, will be deferred until they can be accommodated.

Current plans call for construction of the fourth building to begin in 2014 and initially open to the public in 2015. At that time, the museum will continue to populate the new building until all exhibits are completed.

The Air Force Museum Foundation continues to fundraise for the fourth building, with $38 million secured in cash and pledges to meet their $46 million goal.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard V. Reynolds, chairman of the Foundation's Board of Managers, said despite these challenging budgetary times, the foundation continues to make progress toward turning the plans for the building into a reality.

"The Air Force Museum Foundation proudly supports the growth and expansion of the museum, and is working hard to find and engage donors willing to get us across the finish line in our Expanding the Legacy Campaign," said Reynolds. "It's tremendously exciting to think about how the fourth building will not only do a fantastic job telling the Air Force story, but become an interactive, high tech classroom for programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)."

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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7/15/2013 1:04:35 PM ET
Matt, the decision on where to place the retired space shuttle orbiters was up to NASA. Although unfortunate for the Air Force, we respect NASA's decision and as you can see, we are moving forward with our plans for a new fourth building, which will house NASA's first space shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer.
Public Affairs Division, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
 
7/12/2013 12:26:54 PM ET
Can someone explain the whole Space Shuttle thing? Seems to me like this should have been THE museum to get one of them for display.
Matt Bum, Springfield MO
 
6/30/2013 7:41:44 PM ET
I am upset to see the XC-99 project was sent to Davis Monthan. It was a shame it sat outside at Kelly AFB for so long. And the fact that politics got in the way of actually getting a Shuttle. Has to be one of the great aircraft museums in the world. Keep up the fine job trying to preserve all of them.
Greg, Westfield Ma
 
6/12/2013 4:23:20 AM ET
It will be nice to see the Research and Development aircraft in a less confined area and yes without the 30 minute time limit. This area has always been one of my favorite areas of the museum. I remember seeing them displayed before the move to their current location and the thrill I had being able to walk and take in the views. The XB-70 was my favorite though and who could not be impressed when standing below and looking up at those exhaust stacks of that six pack. Wow!
Dave Ingrim, Wichita KS
 
6/5/2013 1:25:49 PM ET
The proposed hangar 4 layout looks great. I have been waiting for the return of the XB-70 to the main hangars. I am still disappointed that the C-5 will not be included. This has been the backbone of the Air Force for years and should be included on the main floor. Is it possible to place it there in lieu of the C-141 and C-130? The C-5 would be a definite draw for the entire family especially if they were allowed to tour the inside of the airplane. Thanks for preserving our Air Force Heritage.
Pete Atkins, Virginia
 
6/3/2013 5:42:58 PM ET
Will the outdoor aircraft be relocated to the vacated spaces?
frank, Florida
 
5/30/2013 4:31:45 PM ET
OK thank you. I reviewed the list - the only artifact not moving to the new building that bothers me is the D-21 drone and to a lesser degree the PA48 but I can live with that. Are your people looking into options for hanging the D-21 near the A-12? It would be sorely missed if kept in storage. Kick out the C-130 we can still see those just about anywhere. Overall I think this is a great move by the way.
Steve Austin, GA
 
5/30/2013 2:32:00 PM ET
Steve, a list of the aircraft planned for display in the fourth building, along with answers to other frequently asked questions about the museum expansion, can be found at: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/questions/topic.asp?id=970
Public Affairs Division, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
 
5/29/2013 4:05:55 PM ET
Sounds fantastic. But are they all coming or just some of them. If not all, how will visitors visit the less-famous treasures. Thirty minutes was never enough time to spend visiting the XB-70.
Steve Austin, GA
 
5/28/2013 5:57:16 AM ET
Why not include the F-15 Streak Eagle as it will be the 40th Anniversary of its record breaking flights?
James, Doylestown PA
 
5/23/2013 6:11:33 AM ET
This is great news. Ever since the news of a 4th hangar I have been hoping they would bring the R&D aircraft over. The C-5 and KC-135 would have been nice to see, but as far as telling the story and just the shear amount of aircraft in the same space, this was a wise decision. Now if it were just 2015 already.
Lukas, Ohio
 
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