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Air Park, Missile and Space Gallery updated on virtual tour

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The popular virtual tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has been updated to reflect new aircraft and exhibits at the museum.

The 360-degree views of the museum's Air Park now include the C-130E and the C-17. The C-130E, which arrived at the museum in 2011, was involved in an Air Force Cross mission during the Southeast Asia War. The Air Force's first C-17 (T-1) arrived at the museum last year, and in addition to its role as a test and evaluation aircraft, has appeared in five motion pictures, including the recently released film "Man of Steel."

In the Missile & Space Gallery, online visitors can now see the Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile, Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite and other exhibits that have opened in the past couple of years.

"The museum continually acquires aircraft and artifacts that help tell the Air Force story," said Bryan Carnes, the museum's lead for the virtual tour project. "We are striving to keep the virtual tour as up-to-date as possible so our online visitors can see what's new at the museum."

The museum's interactive 360-degree virtual tour allows users to explore the museum at their leisure through factsheets, supplemental information and educational tools based on the museum's collection. The tour is available at

In the coming months, other updates to the virtual tour will feature more interior photographs from museum aircraft, such as the space shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer, F-15, F-16 and P-47, as well as new views of the Cold War Gallery.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

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