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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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  • Boeing RB-47H Stratojet

    During the early part of the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force needed an aircraft to gather information about Soviet air defense radar systems, including details like their location, range and coverage. The electronic reconnaissance RB-47H, developed from the B-47E, met this requirement, and Boeing completed the first RB-47H in 1955. Boeing produced 32
  • Bell UH-13J Sioux

    The UH-13J was the U.S. Air Force's version of the reliable Bell Model 47J Ranger helicopter. Two UH-13Js were purchased in March 1957 for use as the first presidential helicopters. On July 12, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first chief executive to fly in a helicopter when he lifted off from the White House lawn in the sister ship
  • Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000

    Note: Visitors are permitted to walk through this aircraft. The Boeing VC-137C on display was the first jet aircraft built specifically for use by the President of the United States. During its 36 year flying career, it carried eight sitting presidents and countless heads of state, diplomats, dignitaries and officials on many historic journeys
  • Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

    Entering service in 1993, the C-17 Globemaster III is the U.S. Air Force's newest, most versatile cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to small, austere airfields. It can also perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions or
  • Boeing B-1B Lancer

    The Boeing (formerly Rockwell International) B-1B Lancer is the improved variant of the B-1A, which was cancelled in 1977. Initiated in 1981, the first production model of this long-range, multi-role, heavy bomber flew in October 1984. The first operational B-1B was delivered to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, in June 1985, and the final B-1B was
  • Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter

    A cargo version of the B-29, the C-97 Stratofreighter first flew in November 1944. Boeing introduced the tanker version, KC-97 with the "flying boom" refueling system, in 1950. In all, the USAF ordered 890 aircraft: 74 C-97s and 816 KC-97s. To keep its tankers compatible with its newer high performance jet aircraft, the USAF gradually replaced the
  • Boeing P-26A

    The P-26A marked a significant step in the evolution of fighter aircraft -- it became the U.S. Army Air Corps' first all-metal monoplane fighter in regular service. Affectionately nicknamed the "Peashooter" by its pilots, the P-26A could fly much faster in level flight than the Air Corps' older wood and fabric biplane fighters. The P-26A also had a
  • 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
  • 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
  • Balloon Mechanic Patch

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This insignia was worn by U.S. balloon mechanics in the Air Service's Balloon Section during World War I. U.S. balloon mechanics were trained in Europe by specialists from French balloon units, which had been in service for approximately 10 years prior. Maintaining balloons was an important requirement, as

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