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Can I download photographs from this website?

Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested. Many images displayed include a downloadable high-resolution version. To download a high-resolution image, click the "Download Full Image" link beneath the image. A new browser window will open, right click for Windows or hold click for Macintosh systems, then select "save image as" and save to your computer.

Can I take photographs or film at the museum?

Yes, individuals are permitted to take their own photographs or videos while they are at the museum.

Professional photographers or production companies wishing to photograph or film at the museum should first review the Request to Film / Request to Photograph forms. Please contact the Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1337, (937) 255-1386 or (937) 255-1283 or at nationalmuseum.mup@us.af.mil for additional information.

Can you provide historical film footage?

We do not have the capacity to reproduce imagery except for official government requests. Official U.S. Air Force film footage can be obtained from the following locations:

Air Force photographs and film pre-1981 are available from the National Archives.

Air Force photographs and film post-1981 are available from Defense Imagery.

Can you provide historical photographs for a book/article?

We do not have the capacity to reproduce imagery except for official government requests. Visiting researchers may use our copy stand with their own cameras and film. Official U.S. Air Force photography can be obtained from the following locations.

Air Force photographs and film pre-1981 are available from the National Archives.

Air Force photographs and film post-1981 are available from Defense Imagery.

Additional aviation-related photography is available from the National Air & Space Museum.

Do you have any tips for taking photographs at the museum?

The museum's theatrical lighting may pose a challenge to some photographers. Here are a few hints that may help:

1) Bring a tripod, if possible.

2) Turn off the flash on your camera, especially if you're taking pictures of artifacts behind Plexiglass.

3) If you are buying a disposable camera, choose one with 800 ASA or higher film.

4) The Early Years, World War II and Cold War Galleries are lit mostly with incandescent lighting.

5) The Korean War and Southeast Asia War Galleries use mercury vapor lighting, so visitors with digital cameras should adjust the white balance for fluorescent lights. Film users may want to try Tungsten film or an 80-b filter.

Why is the museum dimly lit?

It is the primary responsibility of the museum to assure the preservation and conservation of the artifacts in its collection. As damage from visible light is cumulative and any exposure to light contributes to deterioration, it is essential that objects be lit with the lowest amount of light practical. To determine correct lighting levels that illuminate the artifacts yet minimize deterioration, the museum uses lighting standards recognized by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the American Alliance of Museums. The museum is committed to the preservation and conservation of its collection for future generations to enjoy. We will continue to pursue the perspective of museum preventive conservation and use safer options of lighting to better insure the longevity of our historical artifacts on exhibition.

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