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  • 'Behind the Scenes' tours fill up

    Reservations to see the B-17F "Memphis Belle" and other aircraft during the "Behind the Scenes" tours at the National Museum of the United States Air Force have been filled through May 26. The museum will begin taking reservations for summer "Behind the Scenes" tours beginning on April 1. The summer "Behind the Scenes" tour schedule, including the
  • P-47D Thunderbolt unveiled during ceremony

    A newly restored Republic P-47D Thunderbolt was placed on exhibit during a special ceremony on Aug. 24 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The P-47D fighter aircraft, nicknamed the "Jug," has been marked by the museum's restoration staff to represent the P-47D-30 flown by Col. Joseph Laughlin, commander of the 362nd Fighter
  • Learn about prominent blacks in the Air Force during 'Black History Month'

    As part of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's celebration of Black History month in February, several exhibits feature contributions from prominent black personnel in Air Force history. The Air Force became the first of all U.S. military service branches to complete integration. This historic and successful integration of black personnel
  • Build and fly kites during Family Day at museum

    Children and their families can build and fly paper kites and plastic sled kites during Family Day on Sept. 16 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several aviation-related experiences. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a guided tour featuring a fast-paced overview of
  • Museum expands 'Behind the Scenes' tour schedule

    Due to high demand to see the B-17F "Memphis Belle" and other aircraft in the museum's restoration hangar, the National Museum of the United States Air Force has expanded its "Behind the Scenes" tour schedule. Beginning Feb. 3, "Behind the Scenes" tours will be weekly. The tours, which take place every Friday, are free and last from 12:15 p.m. to 3
  • Only three-time recipient of Air Force Cross to speak at museum

    The only three-time recipient of the Air Force Cross, Col. (Ret.) James Kasler will discuss his military career including the six years he spent as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. During World War II, Kasler served a two-year enlistment in the Army Air Corps as a B-29
  • 'Memphis Belle' is topic of January 31 presentation

    Jeff Duford, a research historian at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, will discuss the "Memphis Belle" at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the museum's Carney Auditorium. The B-17F "Memphis Belle," the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber to complete 25 successful bombing missions over Europe and return to the United States, moved to the
  • Only stealth fighter pilot shot down during combat to speak at museum

    "The Unthinkable, The Unimaginable Happened: An F-117 was Shot Down in Combat." On the fourth night of Operation Allied Force in March of 1999, surface-to-air missile technology shot down an F-117 "Nighthawk" for the first time ever. The pilot, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dale Zelko, ejected over enemy territory near Belgrade, Former Republic of
  • Premiere aviation artist to speak and sign autographs at museum

    Aviation artist and Air Force veteran William S. Phillips will discuss his latest book, Into the Sunlit Splendor: The Aviation Art of William S. Phillips, during a special presentation Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Known for dramatic, natural paintings of landscapes and "skyscapes," Phillips uses compelling color
  • Learn to land model aircraft during Family Day

    The National Museum of the United States Air Force will offer several aerospace activities, including an opportunity to practice landing a model aircraft hanging from a string, during Family Day on Jan. 21. Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. The day begins at 10 a.m. with
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