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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.

Micro Drone Race

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

See fast flying micro machines, in this rapid growing sport, as 40 pilots maneuver their drones over, under and around the C-124 and F-82 along the racecourse in the Korean War Gallery. (Public will not be able to walk inside of the C-124 during this event.)

The race will begin at 11 a.m. and will consist of a series of 2-minute heats with four drones in each heat. (Pilots will practice between 9-11 a.m.) Spectators will be able to watch the race along the course, as well as from a large screen that will show the drones’ perspective as they are racing. Click here for a map of the event area.

In addition, visitors will be able to try their hand at flying drones and experience flying a drone with computer-based simulators. Visitor's can also visit the "SkyVision" air traffic control center to learn about drones used in the Air Force. Additional information available in the News Release.

Note: The drone pilots in this race have pre-registered to participate (registration has closed).

The flying of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) on museum grounds is strictly prohibited. This includes drones and model remote control aircraft. Unauthorized sUAS flights are immediately reported to security forces. Only pre-approved drones participating in this event are permitted to fly inside Building 2. ​

Graphic for Secrets Revealed event, includes black and white pictures of the U-2 and SR-71, as well as current color pictures. Graphic has a mock document about the U-2 and SR-71 with redacted wordsSecrets Revealed
Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8


Learn about the Air Force perspective of the 
SR-71, U-2, Cold War and more recent operations.
 

Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

​-  Look inside the SR-71 cockpit
-  Presentations by SR-71 and U-2 pilots and crew members
-  Special display of rarely seen artifacts
 


Sunday, March 8, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

-  Look inside the SR-71 cockpit
-  Interact with SR-71 and U-2 pilots and crew members

Details and event schedule coming soon!

 

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:
March 28 - In observance of 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

VE Day – 75th Anniversary Commemoration
Friday, May 8, 2020

The event will include living history reenactors, vintage vehicles and a Commemorative Ceremony.

The Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Park. Additional details coming soon!

 

History:

VE is for Victory in Europe. By April 1945, the German Army was shattered. On April 25, American and Soviet forces met at the Elbe River. Five days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker. His successor, Admiral Karl Doenitz, sent Gen. Alfred Jodl to the SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces) detachment in Rheims to seek terms for an end to the war. At 2:41 a.m. on May 7, Jodl signed for the unconditional surrender of German forces on all fronts, which was to take effect on May 8 at 11:01 p.m. After six years and millions of live lost, the Nazi scourge was crushed and the war in Europe was finally over.

SALUTE: A Vietnam Veterans Tribute
July 16-18, 2020

This three-day long event will include: aircraft flyovers, helicopter demonstrations / static displays, living history reenactors, vehicles of the era, live music from the 1960s and the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) 80% scale Vietnam Wall replica.  Additional details coming soon!

History:
The Southeast Asia War (Vietnam War) included Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia occurred between 1961-1973.
Visit our Fact Sheet for a more detailed explanation.

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. Participants can register here.

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.
   

Next Concert:

Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13

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 ($)

2020 dates coming soon!

 

Hollywood Film Series ($)

Additional dates coming soon!

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

Illustration of museum hangar with doors open showing aircraft inside. Text in illustration reads "First Thursday; Open Late until 8 p.m.

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.

March 5
Look-in the cockpit of the F-100F between 5-8 p.m. Learn more about the aircraft from Col. (Ret.) Fred Abrams and museum volunteer Col. (Ret.) Jack Wilson.

Abrams retired from the Air Force after a 27 year career. He flew more than 1,000 hours in F-100s. On Jan. 31, 1968, the first full day of the Tet Offensive, Abrams was flying an F-100 when the Viet Cong forces launched an early morning attach. In order to end the battle Abrams was given a mission to strike a building at his own base Bien Hoa Air Base.

Wilson, a former pilot, flight instructor and aircraft Commander, who has flown the F-100C and F-100D, as well as the F-4 and F-101. He also participated in 100 Missions North Vietnam and 45 Missions Laos. 

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

Details about the open late nights will be announced on a quarterly basis. More information available in the News Release.

Private Event Venue

Interested in hosting a private event or meeting
at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force?


Download the Private Event Guide

For additional information contact
events@afmuseum.com or (937) 656-9627

Free guided 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 on the dropdown arrows below for additional information.

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.

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