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100th Anniversary Logo with the 100 in large letters and the museum logo
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
FREE Admission & Parking

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Open daily from
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
and New Year's Day)

FREE admission
FREE parking

Click HERE to plan your visit.

Visit our EVENTS PAGE for information about upcoming events and exhibits.


1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio 45433
(near Dayton)
(937) 255-3286

Did you know?

It’s hard to believe, but 2023 marks the
museum's 100th Anniversary! 

Since 1923 the museum has grown from a small engineering study collection to the world's largest military aviation museum and is a world-renowned center for air and space power technology and culture preservation. The museum is home to countless one-of-a-kind objects. Our once small engine collection now includes more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles, thousands of artifacts, and spans 20 indoor acres with additional outdoor Air and Memorial Parks that continue to grow every year.

Join us throughout 2023 as we celebrate this major milestone in our storied history with special events, exhibits and special tours for visitors of all ages.

Follow us here and across our social media platforms for updates and information on all our upcoming events and celebrations.

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Don't miss these exhibits in our R&D Gallery!

The Avrocar was the result of a Canadian effort to develop a supersonic, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) fighter-bomber in the early 1950s. However, its circular shape gave it the appearance of a “flying saucer” out of science fiction movies of the period.

Image of museum visitors looking at the AvrocarIn 1952, the Canadian government provided initial funding but dropped the project when it became too expensive. Avro offered the project to the U.S. government, and the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force took it over in 1958. Each service had different requirements: the Army wanted to use it as a subsonic, all-terrain troop transport and reconnaissance craft, but the USAF wanted a VTOL aircraft that could hover below enemy radar and then zoom up to supersonic speed. Avro’s designers believed they could satisfy both services, but these two sets of requirements differed too much. The second prototype aircraft went to the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., and the prototype Avrocar came to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in 2007.

Learn more about the Avrocar HERE

The Ryan X-13 Vertijet was built to prove that a jet could take off vertically, transition to horizontal flight, and return to vertical flight for landing. Equipped with a temporary tricycle landing gear, the first of two X-13s flew conventionally in December 1955 to test its overall aerodynamic characteristics. It was then fitted with a temporary "tail sitting" rig, and in May 1956, this X-13 flew vertically to test its hovering qualities.

Even though the X-13 successfully proved the original concept, its design had limited operational potential, and a lack ofa side image of the Ryan x-13 vertijet funding shut down the program in 1958. The X-13 was transferred to the museum in 1959.
Learn more about the X-13
HERE.

 

Also located in the Research and Development gallery is our giant cement duck sculpture made by Alice King Chatham in the 1930s. After completing her fine arts degree at the Dayton Art Institute in the 1930s, the military recruited Alice King Chatham to work on high-altitude protective gear.

Image of the exhibit in the R&D gallery featuring the giant stone duck sculptureAs a personal equipment design engineer/scientist in advanced biotechnology at the Aero Medical Laboratory her knowledge of the human form and expertise in sculpture assisted in developing devices to protect Airmen. Throughout her Air Force and NASA career, she worked on many notable projects including helmets, oxygen masks, protective clothing, and restraints and tethering devices for humans and animal test subjects.
Learn more
HERE.

 

 

 

Free guided tours of the 4th Building are offered daily at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Learn more about what else you will see in our R&D Gallery HERE.


 

Interested in hosting a private event or meeting at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force?
Click here to find out about our unique event space
 

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