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Mask Policy:
In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30, 2021 until further notice.

Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Additional information available here.

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  • Boot Jack

    Note: This item is currently in storage.A boot jack is a tool used in the removal of boots. The boot heel is placed in the U-shaped opening of the boot jack, while the other foot is standing on the flat end of the boot jack, and then with a pull the foot is freed from the boot. Boot jacks help prevent stooping and struggling when removing tall
  • Boot Hooks

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Boot hooks are designed to make pulling on tall riding boots a quick and easy process. Holding the handle of the boot hook, the hook ends of the boot hooks are then slipped through the boot pull straps attached on the sides of riding boots. Sometimes the boot straps are part of the external design of the
  • Brown Leather Riding Boots

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Leather riding boots were worn by members of the U.S. Cavalry Units during World War I. The tall shafts of these riding boots helped to protect cavalry soldiers' lower legs from debris kicked up by their horses, as well as protecting from riding impact against their horses. Horses were used during WWI for
  • Balloon Hook

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This is a balloon hook. Most of the balloons and balloon accessories used by the U.S. during World War I were produced in France, as the balloon industry in France had been in full production for at least 10 years prior to the United States' entry into the war. In time, the U.S. was able to begin fulfilling
  • Baldwin Dirigible: U.S. Army's First Airship

    The first powered aircraft ordered by the Aeronautical Division was not an airplane, but rather a dirigible designed by Thomas Scott Baldwin. The Signal Corps had long urged the U.S. Army to buy a dirigible, and many European armies had them by the turn of the century.After seeing Baldwin demonstrate a dirigible at the St. Louis air meet in 1907,
  • Ballooning: First in the Air

    Balloons became the first air vehicles. The golden age of ballooning that began in the 1780s captured the public's fancy and offered thrills and amusements -- as well as an incentive and a means for further scientific investigation of the principles of flight.In September 1783, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier demonstrated a hot air balloon before
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