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  • Family of first F-86 pilot to shoot down MiG-15 during Korean War donates items

    The family of Col. Bruce Hinton, the first F-86 pilot to score a MiG-15 kill during the Korean War, donated several items to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. On Dec. 17, 1950, Hinton, who was commander of the 336th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing, led a flight of four F-86s over northwestern North Korea. To
  • Pilot honored family during Korean War

    During the Korean War, Thunderjet wing commander Col. Joseph Davis Jr. displayed exceptional leadership by personally leading many successful missions over North Korea. By war's end, he was the commander of all F-84 units stationed in Korea.Through the stresses of war, however, Davis could always remember his family. He named his F-84G Four Queens
  • What's New from the Curator: Winter 2009

    With the 60th anniversary of the Korean War now just months away, we are really busy pressing forward with the new Korean War Gallery. So far, we have most of the aircraft moved into position with only a few more "tweeks" to be accomplished. These will be accomplished after the electrical contractors are through with their work. As part of the
  • Director's Update: Winter 2009

    The Education Division has set a record in 2009 with over 140,000 participants in our wide-ranging programs. If you think that the education program equals yellow school buses bringing children to the National Museum, you are only seeing one aspect of this vital museum function.Our school programs offer the traditional docent-led tours,
  • Lots of fun, inexpensive educational activities for families in 2010

    The museum is bringing education to the fingertips of parents, students and educators in ways that are fun, innovative and, most importantly, budget-friendly this year.Free monthly Family Days, held on the third Saturday of each month, allow adults and children of all ages to participate in activities that teach fun and simple aerospace
  • Fairchild XSM-73 Bull Goose now on display

    Another unique, historical aircraft has been retrieved from storage, painstakingly restored by volunteers, and placed on public display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in its Research and Development Gallery. The latest addition is the little-known Fairchild XSM-73 Bull Goose, a pilot-less decoy missile that had been envisioned for an
  • Dry ice used in restoration

    Two historic Boeing B-17 bombers from World War II have undergone a unique method of preparation during their restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The B-17D The Swoose and the B-17F Memphis Belle have been blasted with dry ice to remove dirt, grime and old paint, particularly from difficult to reach areas such as
  • What's New from the Curator: Fall 2009

    As the deadline for this column approaches, it is always a bit of a quandary to pick out one or two donations from the many outstanding ones of the past months to share with you. While anguishing over this, yet another donation came to our front step. I felt this might be the one to share with you as it is a bit different but of keen interest to
  • Director's Update: Fall 2009

    Time again to pick up the thread on the museum's comprehensive collection of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and other autonomously directed air vehicles. In past issues, we've provided you with a brief description of these air vehicles on display, undergoing restoration and the few remaining in storage. Once we took a look at the listing, we
  • Families have always been essential to the U.S. Air Force

    Although the U.S. Air Force is the nation's youngest service, its proud history not only shows the essential contributions of officers or enlisted troops, active duty members or reservists, but also a history of family commitment. "This importance of family is no more evident than when taking a stroll through the galleries of the National Museum of

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