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In 2022 we are excited to celebrate the
75th Anniversary of the Department of the Air Force!

Throughout the year the museum will host events and exhibits to honor and celebrate the history of the Department of the Air Force and its Airmen.

Continue to check this site often as new details are always being added!

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WWII Memorial Weekend June 4-6

WWII Memorial Weekend - June 4-6

A weekend of activities honoring WWII and the anniversary of D-Day with a B-25 fly-over, a rare look inside the Memphis Belle, USAF Band of Flight pop-up concerts, a replica WWII memorial wall, and much more! 

Visit our WWII Memorial Webpage for details.

 

 

 

 

“A Force for Good – Department of the Air Force Humanitarian Missions” - New Permanent Exhibit 

Throughout the Air Force’s history it has played an integral role in Humanitarian missions around the world. The museum’s latest permanent exhibit highlights five Humanitarian operations with Air Delivery, Goodwill Missions, Relief & Rescue, Global Firefighting and Critical Care. 
 

75th Anniversary of the Department of the Air Force - New Special Exhibit Opens April 29

Innovate, Accelerate, Thrive: Celebrating the US Department of the Air Force at 75 conveys how the US Department of the Air Force has impacted the world not only through the defense of the United States, but also through technological and social progress that impacted people around the world. Through the use of six videos and 30 photos, visitors will learn about the Air Force’s involvement in developing technologies like the oxygen mask, LASERs, and the Global Positioning System (GPS). Topics related to social progress include gay rights advocacy, equal opportunity employment, and women in leadership. The exhibit will be open in the museum’s Cold War Art Gallery through September 2022.

New Aircraft Arrival: KC-135 

In late April the museum acquired KC-135, serial number 60-0329. This aircraft conducted the first tri-level aerial refueling between three aircraft connected to each other simultaneously, earning the 1967 Mackay Trophy. She is currently being prepped by our Restoration Team and is expected to go on display in the Air Park in July 2022. 

Korea Memorial Exhibit - June 25-26

Remember the 72nd anniversary of the start of the Korean War and honor those who served by visiting this replica exhibit of Washington D.C.’s Korean War memorial. Hear the living history from museum volunteers sharing the vital role that many of the museum’s aircraft played in this war.

Space Celebration - July 30-Aug 7

A free and unique 9-day Space Celebration offers something for the whole family including guest speakers, space-themed exhibits, simulator rides, a build-and-launch rocket activity and After Dark (21+) ticketed event.

Vietnam Memorial Wall  - Aug 18-22

The museum will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall, an 80% replica of the Vietnam Wall bearing the names of more than 58,000 service members killed in Vietnam. As a backdrop for this memorial, the museum will host aerial events, a flyover and more.

“Panel 44” - 8 Days in March - Aug 16-Sept. 24

Panel 44 is a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial containing the names of 337 American service members who died between March 9 -16, 1968.The Panel was originally produced in 1982 to go on display in Washington D.C. but was ultimately not placed because of a crack.

This 900-pound exhibit will be located inside the 4th building.

Air Force Birthday Celebration Weekend - Sept 17-18

Come celebrate with us! The museum will have events throughout the weekend that include open aircrafts, family-centered activities/contests, special Veteran speakers, and of course cake!​

A-1H – Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Skyraider 

The museum will open a new exhibit highlighting combat search and rescue missions, tentatively scheduled to open in coordination with the restoration of an A-1H Skyraider – an aircraft which was ideal escort for CSAR missions.  Public events will focus on the CSAR mission and viewing of the new exhibit/restored aircraft. Visit our website for more details on the fall opening of this exhibit.

Mercury-Atlas 9 (MA-9) Exhibit 

The museum is excited to debut the Mercury Atlas 9 (MA-9, designated also Faith 7), the fourth and final manned orbital flight of the Mercury program. This is tentatively scheduled to go on display in June 2022.

*Events details will continue to be updated, check this page regularly for updates.

 


 

 

This Month in Air Force History - April

April 10, 1975: Rockwell International’s B-1 Lancer achieved supersonic speeds for the first time in a test flight near Edwards Air Force Base, California.

April 11, 1966: MEDAL OF HONOR/AIR FORCE CROSS Near Cam My, South Vietnam, Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger, a pararescueman, hoisted nine Soldiers to safety aboard a HH-43 Huskie. He treated the wounded amid heavy mortar and sniper fire and was mortally wounded. He became the first Airman to receive the Air Force Cross posthumously. The Air Force later upgraded it to the Medal of Honor.

April 18, 1942: KEY EVENT - MEDAL OF HONOR From the carrier USS Hornet, located 668 miles off Tokyo, Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led 16 B-25s in the first raid on Japan. The mission raised U.S. morale and reversed a trend of Japanese victories. Doolittle later received the Medal of Honor for leading the mission. 

April 24, 1943: The first class of women pilots graduated from U.S. Army Air Forces flight training. 

April 25, 1956: The X-2 completed its first supersonic flight. 

April, 27 1963: The first successful Titan II launch from an underground silo occurred at Vandenberg AFB, California. 

April 27, 1995: Air Force Space Command declared its GPS satellites fully operational. This system provided accurate geographical coordinates.  

 

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