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Outdoor Aviation Events

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force hosts outdoor aviation events each year (weather permitting).  For more information about these events, email nationalmuseum.mus@us.af.mil.

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.

Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show

Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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. Brought to you in part by the Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers, RC pilots will entertain audiences as they perform skillful maneuvers with jets, warbirds and helicopters from all eras of aviation history.

Bring the whole family and watch as radio-controlled model aircraft take to the skies at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force! Traveling from across the country, more than 100 pilots take part in the Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show, sharing their passion for the sport with visitors. This event takes place behind the museum on historic Wright Field. Free admission and parking. Those interested in attending the show must enter through the main museum gate off Springfield Street, and follow the signs to the event area behind the museum. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.  Click here to read the News Release.

Brought to you in part by the generous support of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. (Federal endorsement not implied).

Daily Schedule

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.   Open Flying

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.   Air Show

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.     Open Flying

The schedule is the same for all three days of the event.
(Weather dependent).

RC Model Aircraft include

  • Jets
  • WWII Warbirds
  • Bombers
  • Helicopters
  • Gliders
  • Aerobatics

food trucks

The following Food Trucks will be at the event area for visitors to purchase food:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday:

Food on the Run
A Cut Above
El Meson
Lilias Outdoor Cafe

Friday only:
Dayton Urban

Saturday only:
Hogback BBQ

Sunday only:
Smokin Barrels

Please note some vendors may be cash only. An ATM is not available outdoors at the event site. However, an ATM is available inside the museum's gift shop.
(Federal endorsement not implied).

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