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  • By Rob Bardua

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will be closed on Wednesday, March 15 due to emergency management response training. The training, which was originally scheduled for January, was postponed at the time due to inclement weather.

Emergency response agencies from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and nearby communities will participate in this training exercise. Those traveling near the museum on March 15 may experience emergency vehicles, alert sirens, temporarily blocked roadways or travel delays, and should plan accordingly.

Safety and security are always the museum’s top priorities and that’s why this training is so important, said National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Director David Tillotson.

“Emergency management response training is critical because it allows us to be prepared should an urgent situation occur,” said Tillotson. “Obviously the postponement and re-scheduling of the one-day closure is not ideal for those trying to plan a visit, but we’re hopeful that the weather will be better in March so that we can complete the training, and then look forward to a great spring and summer celebrating the museum’s 100th Anniversary.” 

The museum will re-open to the public on March 16 at 9 a.m.

In 2023, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Since 1923 the museum has grown from a small engineering study collection to the world's largest military aviation museum and is a world-renowned center for air and space power technology and culture preservation. Join us throughout 2023 as we celebrate our storied history with special events and exhibits for visitors of all ages. Visit our website for more information at


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.