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Micro Drone Races to take place March 1-3 at the National Museum of the US Air Force

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  • By Lisa M. Riley

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force visitors will have the opportunity to see fast-flying micro machines as pilots maneuver their drones over, under, around and through the C-124 Globemaster II and F-82B Twin Mustang during the museum’s Fifth Annual Micro Drone Race, March 1-3.

Registered drone pilots will begin practicing at 9 a.m. daily and then race in a series of practices and qualifying rounds. 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.

Throughout the weekend visitors will also be able to get hands-on with the museum’s Education Division’s computer-based simulations, fly a drone with computer-based simulators from Sinclair Community College Unmanned Aerial Systems* (UAS) program, and learn about Workhorse Aero’s* drone delivery systems.

All visitors can enter a free drawing to win a micro drone. Drawings will occur at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors need not be present to win.  This drawing is made possible through generous support by the Air Force Museum Foundation*.

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 –*

Visit the museum’s website for the full schedule at

During this event, free daily guided tours of the Southeast Asia and Korea Galleries will not be available.

*Federal Endorsement Not Implied 

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.

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      


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