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Register now for spring Behind the Scenes Tours

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Have you ever wondered what goes into getting an aircraft ready for display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force?

 

Sign up for the museum’s free Behind the Scenes Tours and see the restoration process first-hand. Registration for tours through May 2016 is now open. These free tours take place every Friday from 12:15-3 p.m. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

 

During the tours, members of the public are guided through the museum’s restoration hangars located on the historic Wright Field flight line in Area B of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, about one mile from the main museum building. Visitors will see a variety of aircraft in several stages of the restoration process, including the famous World War II bomber, B-17F Memphis Belle.

 

Interested individuals can register by calling (937) 656-9436 or submitting an online form at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/GroupsandTours.aspx. Registered participants should meet in the museum’s Carney Auditorium between 11:30-11:45 a.m. Group reservations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Participants must be at least 12 years old, and an adult must accompany those under 18. A government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license) is required of all individuals 18 and over. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (NEXUS cards and foreign enhanced driver’s licenses are not authorized at this time). The museum will provide bus transportation to the hangars. For security reasons, all bags are subject to search upon entry to the museum, and backpacks, packages and large camera cases are not permitted on the shuttle bus. Bag checks may be conducted while en route to the restoration hangar.

 

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 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.


 

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Education Division at (937) 656-9436.

 

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.