Mask Policy:
In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Additional information available here.

Museum visitors await their turn to view inside the Convair B-36J Peacemaker during the open aircraft day on Aug. 20, 2021 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Although never used in combat, the B-36 was a major deterrent to enemy aggression. Making the last B-36 flight ever, the aircraft on display flew to the museum from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., on April 30, 1959.
DAYTON, Ohio -- Fairchild C-119J Flying Boxcar on display in the Space Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
DAYTON, Ohio -- A micro drone race was held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, February 29, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
Each year, the museum hosts 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.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force visitors had a unique opportunity to see dinosaurs in the museum’s galleries during “Operation: Dinosaur” on Saturday, June 12, 2021. These realistic dinosaurs, presented by T.A.G. Art Company, can be as big as 9 ft. tall; they can move, blink, open their mouths and ROAR!
Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force approach the B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the exhibit opening events May 17-19, 2018.

Important Announcement

Due to public health precautions in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all events are subject to change and are re-evaluated on a weekly basis. We will continue to update this website and social media outlets with the latest information.

Hawker-Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty cockpitOpen Aircraft Days

On these days, visitors will have the unique
opportunity to look inside one of the museum’s aircraft from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
(The list of aircraft is updated quarterly)

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 - Look inside the Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter.


Future Dates:

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 Lockheed SR-71A 

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.

Future Dates:
November 13 - In honor of Veterans Day
December 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Video-USAF Maj.(Ret.) Lew Newhard- Former SAM 26000 Pilot

Picture of traveling WWII MemorialTraveling WWII Memorial
June 5-6, 2022

Kick off the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force with a weekend of activities featuring the Traveling WWII Memorial consisting of the Wall of Stars, the Atlantic and Pacific Pavilions, 56 Pillars, and stands with oak and wheat wreaths.  Granite slabs also highlight quotes from President Roosevelt and General MacArthur.  The Wall of Stars reads “Here Marks the Price of Freedom." This traveling display is owned by Freedom’s Never Free. Additional family-friendly activities include Reenactor Encampment, Fly-Overs and indoor events. 

Picture of traveling Korean War MemorialTraveling Korean War Memorial “The Forgotten War”
June 25-26, 2022

Remember the 72nd anniversary of the start of the Korean War and honor those who served by visiting this replica exhibit of Washington DC’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, and visit the Air Force Museum Foundation Theatre to see Korean War related movies.

Logo for Salute: A Vietnam Veterans TributeSALUTE:
A Vietnam Veterans Tribute
Aug. 18-21, 2022

  • Join us at the museum as we welcome the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Traveling Wall.  This 80% Replica of the Vietnam Wall bares 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.

Aerial picture of World War one replica aircraft flying over the museum hangarsWorld War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous 
Oct. 7-8, 2022

Aerial events, reenactor encampment, antique cars, workshops and a speaker series frame an exciting weekend of fly-ins from replica WWI aircraft. Sights, sounds and activities for the whole family will take place throughout the museum complex as we look back to WWI and America’s early air superiority.

Video-Replica WWI Flying Aircraft at the Dawn Patrol Rendezvous 2018

Logo for AFMuseum After Dark: Cockpits & CocktailsCockpits & Cocktails (postponed)

The museum is planning an evening event exclusively for adults ages 21+ with food, fun and drinks! Tickets will be required.

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.


Video-Air Force Band of Flight Concert Footage(2019)

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: Honoring the Legacy of the WASP
November 11, 2021

In honor of Veterans Day, the Air Force Museum Foundation and the National Aviation Hall of Fame will host an evening honoring the legacy of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Visit the Air Force Museum Foundation's website for additional information and tickets.


Hollywood Film Series ($)

Dates will be posted as available​

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

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