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  • Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie

    The XQ-58A Valkyrie is the first example of a new class of high performance unmanned aircraft that can be rapidly built and used in large numbers, and will work in teams with manned aircraft. The XQ-58A on display flew the first flight tests for this aircraft type.To respond to rising costs for

  • United States Space Force Exhibit

    The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is the newest branch of the Armed Forces, established on December 20, 2019. Space Force members are called Guardians, and their motto is semper supra, or “always above.”The USSF organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in

  • Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker

    The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, serial number 60-0329, arrived at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on April 30, 2022 to become a part of the museum’s permanent collection at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The jet was delivered from the 154th Hawaii Air National Guard

  • Nuclear Deterrence Exhibit

    This exhibit covers nuclear weapons creation and testing from the beginning of the Cold War to the 1990s. It explains the advent of super-powerful thermonuclear or “H-bombs” after the period of early atomic bombs, explains fission vs. fusion, and traces US testing in the Pacific and in Nevada. It

  • "A Force For Good" Department of the Air Force Humanitarian Missions

    The museum debuted its latest permanent exhibit Feb. 5, 2022, demonstrating the history and role the Air Force plays in humanitarian operations to assist people domestically and around the world including: aerial deliveries, goodwill missions, relief and rescue, firefighting, and critical care

  • Eagle Vision

    Eagle Vision was the world’s first mobile satellite imagery collection system. US Air Force Airmen used it to collect and distribute unclassified commercial satellite images for military use and civilian disaster relief. For nearly three decades, it aided US and coalition forces and helped emergency

  • Heather Penney

    Known for flying a ramming mission to prevent United Airlines Flight 93 from reaching Washington, D.C. during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.On September 11, 2001, American lives changed suddenly when hijackers took control of four civilian aircraft, targeting major American locations,

  • Lockheed Martin X-44A

    The X-44A was a low-cost technology demonstrator that led to more sophisticated stealthy unmanned aircraft.  Built by the famed Skunk Works, the X-44A successfully tested multiple technologies.  Its composite structure airframe was quickly built using advanced manufacturing techniques.  The X-44A

  • Women in the Air Force – Silhouettes in Southeast Asia War Gallery

    Early “Aviatrix”Women at the turn of the twentieth century refused to be excluded from the excitement of aviation even though it was dangerous. These early “aviatrixes” proved women had the strength and courage to conquer the sky.First American Woman to Solo in an AirplaneBlanche Stuart Scott became

  • Women in the Air Force – displays in Global Reach Gallery

    All-Female Transatlantic FlightSince the 1980’s, women have made a number of all-female crew missions – to publicize and demonstrate women’s increasing presence in the military and in career fields previously only occupied by men.Initially, these historic flights were limited to cargo aircraft. When