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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.

Open 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, February 12 - Look inside the cockpit of the F-4C "Phantom II" (McDonnell Douglas)

Future Dates:

Saturday, March 12:  P-47D "Razorback Thunderbolt" (Republic) - AND -  BF 109G-10 (Messerschmitt)
Saturday, April 23: CF-100 Mk.4A Canuck (Avro) - AND- F-94C Starfire (Lockheed)

Plane Talks

Picture of veteran standing in front of a B-25Plane 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 in conjunction with the anniversary of a significant Air Force or military event. 

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Plane Talks:
Saturday, February 19 - In honor of Presidents Day
Saturday, March 26 - In honor of Vietnam Veterans Day
Saturday, May 21 - In honor of Armed Forces Day

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

New Exhibit Opening Feb. 5

A penguin statue represents one of the many Humanitarian missions conducted by the Department of the Air Force

"A Force for Good: Department of the Air Force Humanitarian Missions" 
The museum will debut its latest permanent exhibit, demonstrating the history and role the Air Force plays in humanitarian operations to assist people domestically and around the world including: aerial deliveries, goodwill missions, relief and rescue, firefighting, and critical care responses. A number of artifacts will be on display to include diving equipment used during the Thai Cave Rescue, and firefighting tools used to combat wildfires in Alaska, as well as see a fully-assembled Transport Isolation System. 
See this new exhibit in the Global Reach Gallery at the C-130E.

Micro Drone Races, Feb. 25-27

A micro drone operator manipulates the drone controls.
Throughout the days, visitors become race spectators! Cheer on your favorite Micro Drone while watching timed races throughout the museum's Korean War Gallery.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience flying a drone with computer-based simulators provided by the museum’s Education Division and then fly an actual drone in a designated area courtesy of AFRL and the museum’s Education Division.

Race Schedule:
Fri. Feb. 25: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Qualifying Heats
Sat. Feb. 26: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Qualifying Heats
Sat. Feb. 26 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Qualifying Heats
Sun. Feb 27: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Top Qualifying Pilots with Double Elimination Brackets

Traveling WWII Memorial, June 5-6

Picture of traveling WWII MemorialKick 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. 

Traveling Korean War Memorial "The Forgotten War", June 25-26

Picture of traveling Korean War Memorial

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.

Space celebration, July 30 - Aug. 7

Image of space shuttle exhibitJoin us for this free and unique, interactive, space-focused combination of events and activities to excite visitors of all ages to the many aspects of space and its future.  Learn firsthand about space through a variety of interactive activities.

 

SALUTE: A Vietnam Veterans Tribute, Aug. 18-21

Logo for Salute: A Vietnam Veterans Tribute

  • 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.


World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, Oct. 7-8

Aerial picture of World War one replica aircraft flying over the museum hangarsAerial 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

After Dark 21+ Events

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The museum is planning evening events exclusively for adults ages 21+ with food, fun and drinks! Tickets will be required. Dates and details coming soon!

Pop-Up Concerts

Picture of the Band of Flight performing a concert
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is proud to host the USAF Band of Flight for museum concerts.  Continue to follow our website and social media for upcoming opportunities. 

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

Air force museum theatre

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

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.
 

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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