Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.
By Rob Bardua, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
/ Published February 12, 2021
On Saturday, February 20 see fast flying micro machines, in this rapid growing sport, as pilots maneuver their drones over, under and around the C-124 and F-82 along the racecourse in the Korean War Gallery. The race will begin at 11 a.m. and will consist of a series of 2-minute heats with four drones in each heat.
DAYTON, Ohio -- A micro drone race will be held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force visitors will have the opportunity to see fast flying micro machines as 20 pilots maneuver their drones over, under, around and through the C-124 and F-82 aircraft during the museum’s second annual micro drone race on Feb. 20.
Registered drone pilots will begin practicing at 9 a.m. and then race in a series of 2-minute heats with four drones in each heat from approximately 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Spectators will be able to watch the race along the course in the museum’s second building, as well as from a large screen that will show the drones’ perspective as they are racing.
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., visitors will also be able to experience flying a drone with computer-based simulators from the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Sinclair College Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program, the museum’s Education Division, and the Drone Racing League (DRL) - a global, professional drone racing circuit for elite pilots with custom built racing drones traveling from 0 - 90 mph in under a second. Visitors can then fly an actual drone in two designated areas courtesy of AFRL and the museum’s Education Division.
In addition, Sinclair College’s UAS program will have a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and fixed wing UAS on display inside the museum, and their Mobile Ground Control Station will be parked outside of the museum’s main entrance for photo opportunities throughout the day.
Those who cannot attend the race in person at the museum may follow along with the live broadcast on the Cincinnati Quad Racers YouTube channel – https://youtube.com/c/CincinnatiQuadRacers. (Federal endorsement is not implied.)
For additional information, including a map of the event area, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Micro-Drone-Race/.
Note: The drone pilots in this race have pre-registered to participate (registration has closed). The flying of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) on museum grounds is strictly prohibited. This includes drones and model remote control aircraft. Unauthorized sUAS flights are immediately reported to security forces. Only pre-approved drones participating in this event are permitted to fly inside the museum’s second building. Federal endorsement is not implied.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Rob Bardua at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1386.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)