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Public Access to museum archives returns

Beginning June 1, 2022, the Research Division is once again allowing the public to conduct research in the Museum's archives. Researchers must be US Citizens and eligible for access to WPAFB with either a military access card or via sponsorship.  Interested personnel must submit a request to: NationalMuseum.MUA@us.af.mil.  Open research days will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays based on staff availability. Our staff will work with researchers to schedule times, sponsor base access if needed, and facilitate access to the collection. 

Review research policies HERE.  

Research

Research DivisionThe Research Division ensures that timely, relevant and accurate Air Force historical information is presented to the public through a variety of means. The division manages the museum's ever-expanding document and imagery collection, researches and writes exhibit text, and provides historical guidance for exhibit development, aircraft restoration, staff projects and public and media queries. Staff members assist in many other ways, leading tours, delivering talks and participating in media interviews, among other activities.
  • Research Mission

    The Research Division maintains an extensive collection of two-dimensional media as part of a government historical research facility. While primarily providing curatorial and historical research and writing in support of the museum's exhibits and aircraft restoration programs, the division provides limited research assistance to many external organizations and private individuals seeking information about Air Force aircraft, operations and personnel. The Division also serves as the museum's corporate memory by maintaining the museum's historical files and writing its annual history.

  • Research Questions

    For more information about research resources, please see the Questions page (see Research Resources topic).

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Submit an inquiry or request for a research visit to the Research Division at nationalmuseum.mua@us.af.mil.

Note: Due to workload, response time to requests for questions concerning Air Force history and aircraft may be lengthy.

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