Each year, the museum hosts hundreds of events that help convey the Air Force story and military aviation spirit. Indoor and outdoor events range from flying events, exhibit openings and aircraft rollouts to ceremonies, reunion groups, memorial dedications and guest lectures.

Picture of veteran standing in front of a B-25Plane Talks

Plane Talks will occur a few times a year and allow visitors the opportunity to interact with various subject matter experts. The experts at these talks may include veterans, active duty, former pilots, crew members, engineers, navigators, and more. These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise. These Plane Talks programs often occur on the anniversary of a significant Air Force or military event.

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Subject Matter Experts listed are former U.S. Air Force, unless otherwise noted.
B-25B - Lt Col (Ret) Jack Hampshire, former Pilot
WASP Exhibit - Lt Col (Ret) Katherine C. Cooper, former Flight Nurse
B-17F - Joe Ventolo, former Museum Curator
C-47D - Maj (Ret) Jack Kunz, former Pilot
P-61C - Kirk Baylor, former Navy EM3, former Electricians Mate
B-29 - Steve Smith, former Sgt, former Nuclear Weapons Specialist


2020 Dates:
February 17 - Presidents Day
March 28 - National Vietnam War Veterans Day
May 16 - Armed Forces Day
September 18 - 73rd Anniversary of the Air Force and POW/MIA Recognition Day
November 11 - Veterans Day
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Picture of the Band of Flight performing a concertConcerts

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force teams up with the USAF Band of Flight and other performers for concerts throughout the year.

Concerts are free and open to the public, and at times, tickets are required. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Doors open for indoor concerts at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances last approximately 70-90 minutes and may include an intermission.

For more information about upcoming concerts, please call (937) 522-3252.

"Holiday in Blue" concerts (tickets required)
Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.


Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and limited to 4 tickets per requester.
Tickets may be obtained in person or by mail order beginning on Monday, November 18 at 9 a.m.
For more information contact Public Affairs at (937) 522-3252.


In-person requests:

Visitors with access to WPAFB with a valid ID can pick up tickets in the 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office located in Area A, Bldg. 10, Room 252 during normal duty hours.

Mail orders:

Tickets may also be requested by sending a self-addressed and stamped envelope to:

AF Band of Flight
3920 Lear St, Bldg 1420
WPAFB, OH  45433-5721

Please include a note with the date of the concert you would like to see and the number of tickets desired. Limited quantities are available; those interested are encouraged to send their request in as soon as possible.

(Please do not duplicate your ticket order. Use only one of the methods listed above).

2020 Concerts:
Saturday, February 22
Saturday, December 12

Picture of visitors in the Air Force Museum Theatre watching a movieAir Force Museum Theatre 

The Air Force Museum Theatre* offers a Living History Series and a Hollywood Film Series on several dates throughout the year.The theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. There is a cost associated with these film series. Visit the links for more information.

Living History Series ($)

Additional dates coming soon!


Hollywood Film Series ($)

Sunday, Dec. 15 & 22, 2019, 4 p.m.
The Polar Express

* The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

Picture of a micro droneMicro Drone Race

Saturday, February 29, Race starts at 11 a.m.

See fast flying micro machines, in this rapid growing sport, as drone pilots fly around obstacles and aircraft along their racecourse through the galleries. In addition to seeing the race, spectators will be able to get a pilot’s perspective via cameras mounted to the drones. Check our website for additional information about the first Micro Drone Race at the Museum. Additional details coming soon.

Aerial picture of World War one replica aircraft flying over the museum hangars
World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3, 2020, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This two-day event features replica World War I flying aircraft, re-enactors, radio-controlled model aircraft, period vehicles, music and more. Check our website closer to the event for additional details.

The Museum, Theatre, Gift Shop and Cafés will remain open until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in 2020. In addition, one aircraft will be open each month for visitors to look-in.

February 6
March 5
April 2
May 7
June 4
July 2
August 6
September 3
October 1
November 5
December 3

Picture of museum volunteer conducting a tour.


The museum is laid out in chronological order, making it easy for visitors to self tour the facility. We offer six free guided tours of the galleries a day, as well as a Glimpse Behind the Scenes program that provides an opportunity to engage with program volunteers on elements of the restoration process highlighted through a variety of materials and visuals.

Click here for tour schedules

Security Notice

All visitors may be screened with a metal detector upon entry. In addition, all bags are subject to search and may be placed through an X-Ray machine. Weapons are not permitted including pocket knives.
  • Visitor Photography Notice

    Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed or recorded by the U.S. Air Force for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on public websites and social media.  
    Individuals are permitted to take their own photographs or videos while touring the museum.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is a federally owned and operated facility. Therefore, by regulation, certain types of events and activities are prohibited at the museum. Some of the types of prohibited events are as follows:


   - Non-military/private organization events

    - Fundraising and non-profit events

    - Holiday parties

    - Weddings and wedding receptions

    - Funerals

    - Political events

    - Gambling events

    - Religious events

The Air Force Museum Theatre has limited ability to support private events such as meetings and ceremonies. Click here to be directed to their website.


The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

The museum receives an overwhelming number of requests for military ceremonies (re-enlistments, retirements, promotions, change of commands, etc.) and must limit ceremonies to General Officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, and the HQ AFMC Command Chief.  (WPAFB personnel should contact their organization’s protocol office for more information).


Other individuals not listed above may hold a non-support ceremony at the museum.  Non-support ceremonies are intended to allow individuals the opportunity to stand near an aircraft or exhibit for the purpose of conducting a small, brief promotion or retirement ceremony.  Complex ceremonies requiring reserved parking, chairs, podiums, sound systems, presentation tables, briefing rooms, and/or musical support, do not qualify for non-support status and cannot be held at the museum.  For more information regarding non-support ceremonies, please call 937-255-8046.

The Air Force Museum Theatre has limited ability to support private events such as meetings and ceremonies. Click here to be directed to their website.


The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.

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