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Patriotic sentiments run high at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio -- For visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, it's easy to get a feeling of patriotism. Sixty years of U.S. Air Force history is unfolded in several hangar-shaped galleries. More history of the Air Force's predecessor organizations, such as the Army Air Corps and Army Air Forces, are found in two other galleries. All help to convey the story of the world's greatest air force.

Sixty years later, visitors can actually see the birthplace of the U.S. Air Force in the Presidential Gallery while walking through the VC-54C Sacred Cow, the plane where President Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, making the Air Force a separate service from the Army.

Special events at the museum help to express a patriotic spirit, as well. The Freedom's Call Military Tattoo takes place on the rear field on June 29. The Tattoo will showcase aircraft flyovers, music performances and fireworks to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force.

For more information about the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, please visit our Web site at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil or call (937) 255-3286, ext. 302. For requirements on visiting the Presidential Gallery, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/exhibits/presidential/index.asp.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. 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.

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public at (937) 255-3286, ext. 302.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Sarah Parke with the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 332. 

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