The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force: A Very Patriotic Place
By Sarah Parke , National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
/ Published September 21, 2006
DAYTON, Ohio --
From displaying nearly 60 years of the United States Air Force's vision of global vigilance, reach, and power, to paying tribute to the men and women who have fought for America's freedom, the National Museum of the United States Air Force truly is a patriotic place.
The museum celebrates aviation history with more than 300 aircraft and missiles under 17 acres of indoor exhibit space, beginning in the early 1900s with the first military aircraft, the Wright brothers' 1909 Military Flyer, and leading to today with current aircraft such as the B-2 stealth bomber and a prototype of the F-22A.
Special events at the museum help to convey a patriotic spirit as well. The Freedom's Call Military Tattoo takes place on the rear field on June 30. The Tattoo will showcase aircraft flyovers, music performances and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.
Other events throughout the year include the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight concerts. For example, the band performs tribute concerts to American icons such as Glenn Miller and honors those who have served our country with a Veterans' Day concert.
Visitors can get a glimpse into the life of U.S. presidents by visiting the Presidential Gallery on the active part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A short bus trips allows visitors to see planes such as Kennedy's "Air Force One," Roosevelt's "Sacred Cow," or Truman's "Independence."
For more information about the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, please visit our Web site at http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum or call (937) 255-3286, ext. 302. For information on touring the Presidential Gallery, please visit http://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 MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 332.