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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.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Benz BZ-4

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The Benz BZ-4 is a six-cylinder, liquid-cooled, in-line engine of 200 hp. The German A.G.O. C II, Albatross, D.F.W. CV, Halberstadt C III and Halberstadt CV reconnaissance aircraft were among those using this engine.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Bentley B.R.2

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The B.R.2 was a British designed and built air-cooled rotary engine of 230 hp, which was developed late in World War I. The British Sopwith 7F-1 Snipe was especially designed to use the B.R.2, although only three front-line squadrons had been equipped with the Snipe by the end of the war.The B.R.2 was also
  • British ABC Wasp

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The ABC Wasp is an experimental seven-cylinder, radial engine of 170 hp, designed by the noted British engineer Granville Bradshaw. At a weight of 290 pounds, it had one of the most advanced power-to-weight ratios of the day -- 1.7 pounds per horsepower. This World War I-era engine is noteworthy because it
  • BMW 132E

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The BMW 132 series was the principal large radial engine used in Germany during the early 1930s. It was essentially a copy of the Pratt and Whitney "Hornet" designed in America. In 1929 BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) obtained a license to build the "Hornet" in Germany. From 1929 to 1945, more than 21,000 BMW 132
  • Bendix AN/TPS-1B Search Radar

     Note: This item is currently in Restoration. The AN/TPS-1 is a lightweight portable search radar developed during World War II to provide early warning of enemy air attacks. It breaks down into 10 individual packages for easy delivery to forward areas by ship, cargo plane or truck. If necessary, the separate packages can be carried to very remote
  • Beech C-45H Expeditor

    Note: This aircraft has been placed on loan to the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB Georgia(Sept.2021).The C-45 was the World War II military version of the popular Beechcraft Model 18 commercial light transport. Beech built a total of 4,526 of these aircraft for the Army Air Forces between 1939 and 1945 in four versions, the AT-7 Navigator
  • Boeing X-32A

    Note: This aircraft is currently in a restoration hangar. You can view the aircraft by participating in the museum's Behind the Scenes Tour.The Boeing X-32 was a multi-purpose jet fighter in the Joint Strike Fighter contest. It lost to the Lockheed Martin X-35 demonstrator, which was further developed into the F-35 Lightning II. In September 2000
  • Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey

    The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.Built by Bell
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