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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.

Upcoming Events

Tours

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 to for more information about tour dates and times.

Family Days

The museum’s Education Division hosts Family Days one Saturday a month (excluding December).  These programs are designed for children and adults of all ages and offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Aerospace demonstration stations are located throughout the museum's galleries to teach fun aerospace principles.  Each month features a new theme; such themes include engineering, meteorology, gravity, and space.

Click here for more information about Family Day.

Upcoming Family Days

October 27, 2018 – Spooktacular Halloween Fun
November 17, 2018 – Exploring Engineering

        January 19, 2019 – Robots Among Us

        February 16, 2019 – Globe Trotting

        March 16, 2019 – Meteorology Mania

        April 13, 2019 – Kite Tales

        May 18, 2019 – Theme TBA

        June 15, 2019 – Play Ball

        July 20, 2019 – 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

        August 17, 2019 – National Aviation Day

        September 28, 2019 – Fall with Gravity

        October 26, 2019 – Spooktacular Aerospace Fun

        November 16, 2019 – Exploring Engineering



Plane 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.

 

Veterans Day - Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 

Veterans will be stations near the aircraft listed below. 
(All veterans listed are former U.S. Air Force, unless otherwise noted).


Building 1 (WWII Gallery)
B-17G - Joseph Ventolo, former Curator

B-25B – Lt. Col. (Ret) Jack Hampshire, former Pilot

C-47D – Maj. (Ret) Jack Kuntz, former Pilot

P-61C - Former EM3 Kirk Baylor, USN, former Electrician Mate

B-29 – Maj. (Ret) John Retterer, USA, former Special Forces

Building 2

C-123K – Lt. Col. (Ret) Paul Reinman, former Pilot             

C-124C – Lt. Col. (Ret) Dick Brubaker, former Pilot

B-52D – Col. (Ret) Andrew Gilmore, former Electronics Warfare Officer

B-52D – Maj. (Ret) Wil Davis, former Navigator

F-105D – Col. (Ret) Larry Boggeman, former Pilot                              

F-105G – Col. (Ret) Jim VerStreate, former Pilot

UH-P1 & H-43 B – Col. (Ret) Tom Gardner, former Pilot

F-22A – Col. (Ret) Frank Alfter, former Program Integrator

RF-101C – Lt. Col. (Ret) Joe Muchnij, former Pilot

EC-121D - Senior Master Sgt. (Ret) Sam Jiles, former Communications Electronics Equipment Repairman

Building 3

AC-130A – Col. (Ret) Carl Periolo, former Pilot

B-58A – Col. (Ret) Chuck Jones, former Navigator

F-89J – Former Capt. Dick Gardner, former Pilot/Navigator

F-101B – Col. (Ret) Jack Wilson, former Pilot

HU-16B – Col. (Ret) Lee Smith, former Pilot                         

KC-97L – Lt. Col. (Ret) Ken Normand, former Pilot

SR-71A - John Schell, former Engineer

F-4G – Col. (Ret) Ron Hunt, former Pilot

B-1B – Mr. Don Chislaghi, former Engineer

F-106A – Senior Master Sgt.  (Ret) Joe Matis, former Crew Chief

Missiles Capt. Darrell Fisher, former Missiler

               

Building 4

C-130E – Master Sgt. (Ret) Dave Richards, former Crew Chief

C-141C – Brig. Gen. (Ret) Paul Cooper, former Pilot

C-141C – Lt. Col. (Ret) Katherine Cooper, former Flight Nurse

C-141C – Col. (Ret) Jim Blackman, former Pilot

T-39 – Col. (Ret) Larry Hadley, former Pilot

VC-137C – Senior Master Sgt. (Ret) Gerald Mongelli, former Structural Repairs Technician 



Future Plane Talks

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
Presidents Day – Monday, Feb. 18, 2019
National Vietnam War Veterans Day – Friday, March 29, 2019
Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 18, 2019
75th Anniversary of D-Day Thursday, June 6, 2019
72nd Anniversary of the Air Force – Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
National POW/MIA Recognition Day – Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
70th Anniversary end of the Berlin AirliftMonday, Sept. 30, 2019
Veterans Day – Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019


Concerts

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) 904-9881.

 





Air Force Band of Flight with Guest Artist Alexis Gomez
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)

Ticket distribution has closed for this concert.



Future Concert

Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)
Ticket information will be available in early November.

Hearts, Heritage & Heroes Concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.

 

Concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.


Big Band Concert featuring Glenn Miller music performed by Air Force Bands

Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.


Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.

 

 

D-Day Commemoration – 75th Anniversary

June 6, 2019

 

Plans are underway at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for an event to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. This event will include World War II living history re-enactors, guest speakers and more. D-Day, also known as the Battle of Normandy, occurred on June 6, 1944. It began the Allied invasion of Europe, which liberated millions from the Nazis and ultimately ended the war in Europe. 


 


Outdoor Aviation Events

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force hosts outdoor aviation events each year (weather permitting). 


2019 Giant Scale Radio-Controlled (RC) 
Model Aircraft Air Show

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2019


During this three-day event visitors will see some of history’s well-known airframes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force over Labor Day weekend, but they won’t just be the ones inside the galleries. Scale versions of those aircraft will fly over the museum, regaling spectators with daring aerobatics. RC pilots will entertain audiences as they perform skillful maneuvers with jets, warbirds and helicopters from all eras of aviation history. 



Night at the Air Force Museum
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

 

Aviation history will come alive during Night at the Air Force Museum ten years after the first time this event occurred at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. A variety of interactive programs will take place throughout the museum, as visitors have the unique opportunity to meet characters from all eras of military aviation history. Discover the source behind this evening of “life” at the museum. Best of all, this family-friendly event is free! 

 

 

 

 

Air Force Museum Theatre Events

 

The Air Force Museum Theatre* offers a Living History Film 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 above for more information.

 

 

   Hollywood Film Series ($)

   Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, 4 p.m. - Spiderman: Homecoming
   Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, 4 p.m. - Despicable Me 3
   Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, 4 p.m. - Polar Express

   Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA

   Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA

                                                                                             Sunday, March 24, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA
                                                                                             
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA

                                                                                             Sunday, May 26, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA

                                                                                             Sunday, June 23, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA
                                                                                             Sunday, July 28, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA

                                                                                             Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA
                                                                                             Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA
                                                                                             Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA
                                                                                             Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA
                                                                                             Sunday, Dec. 22 2019, 4 p.m. - movie TBA

 

Living History Series($)

Thurssday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 7 Mission with a presentation by Astronaut Walter Cunningham.

Additional dates coming soon!


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

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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