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Museum to participate in Dayton Air Show activities

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

Note: The Blue Angels have cancelled their appearance at the 2016 Vectren Dayton Air Show and will not have an autograph session at the museum.

If you’re attending the Vectren Dayton Air Show, make sure the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is part of your plans.

[CANCELLED] On Friday, June 17, museum visitors will have a chance to meet two members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team as they sign autographs in the museum’s second building from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Museum doors will open to the public at 8:15 a.m. The Blue Angels, who showcase the pride and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach, will be among the featured performers at the Air Show on June 18-19. This year, the Blue Angels are celebrating their 70th anniversary. Since 1946, they have performed for more than 484 million fans. Additional Blue Angels information and photographs are available at [CANCELLED]

While you’re in town, be sure to check out the museum’s newest exhibit space, a 224,000 square foot building that houses the Presidential, Research and Development, Space and Global Reach Galleries, which opens to the public just days before the Air Show, offering the perfect opportunity to take in even more Air Force history. Visitors can see 10 presidential aircraft, a world-class collection of flight test aircraft, exciting space artifacts and huge cargo planes, plus climb aboard a space shuttle, walk through four presidential and three cargo aircraft, and try out the Air Force Museum Foundation’s new simulator rides. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For those who want to take an easy route to the Air Show, RTA shuttle buses will run to and from the museum, dropping off riders at the Air Show main gate from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 18-19. Shuttles depart from both locations approximately every 10 minutes. The cost for a round trip ticket is $3, and children age 5 and under ride free. Only cash will be accepted. (An ATM is available inside the museum, if needed.) For more information about the RTA shuttle service, please call (937) 425-8300.

The Air Force Museum Foundation is currently selling discounted tickets to the Air Show in the Museum Store. The store is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors also can stop by the museum’s booth at the Air Show on Saturday, June 18 to learn more about the museum and get free Air Force items while supplies last.

For more information about the Vectren Dayton Air Show, visit (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 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit


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


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.