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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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  • Convair NC-131H Total In-Flight Simulator (TIFS)

    Please note: This aircraft is in storageThis one-of-a kind aircraft was an important in-flight simulator primarily used to study how an aircraft would handle before building an expensive, full-scale prototype. It was created for the U.S. Air Force in the late 1960s by the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory of Buffalo, N.Y. (later the Calspan
  • Clip-on Sunglasses

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This is one of five items that provide a special peek into the footlocker of a World War I American soldier. 1st Lt. Carroll DeWitt McClung was a pilot with the 28th Aero Squadron, 3rd Pursuit Group. He was trained as a pilot in the Nieuport aircraft and then flew the SPAD XIII in combat. These blue-tinted
  • Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker and 94th Aero Squadron Insignia

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker was the charismatic commander of the 94th Aero Squadron and was America’s highest scoring ace of World War I. The 94th Aero Squadron was known informally as the “Hat in the Ring Squadron,” a name that was inspired by their insignia. Rickenbacker was fond of the design, as he describes
  • Convair B-58A Hustler

    The U.S. Air Force's first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In addition to the Hustler's delta wing shape, distinctive features included a sophisticated inertial guidance navigation and bombing system, a slender "wasp-waist" fuselage and an extensive use of heat-resistant honeycomb sandwich skin
  • Continental I-1430-9 Hyper

    The development of the liquid-cooled Continental Hyper high-horsepower engine began in 1932. It featured cylinders with "spherical" combustion chambers and sodium cooled exhaust valves. An upright V-12 engine was planned, but emphasis was later changed to an inverted V-12 engine for pursuit planes. Continental built the inverted V engine in 1938
  • Curtiss V-1570 Conqueror

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The Curtiss Aeroplane and Engine Co. began producing its famous Conqueror engine in 1926. Although similar in general principles of design to the earlier Curtiss D-12 engine, the Conqueror was larger and more powerful. Originally rated at 600 hp, the engine's performance in several later versions was improved
  • Curtiss R-600

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The Curtiss R-600 "Challenger" air-cooled engine, rated at 180 hp, was used in experimental versions of the PT-5 and PT-11 trainers during the 1929-1931 period. Although the R-600 was installed in only two military airplanes, it is historically significant because it was the Air Corps' first twin-row radial
  • Curtiss OX-5

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Thousands of OX-5 water-cooled engines were produced in the United States during World War I, primarily for the Curtiss Jenny airplane. This engine, a refinement of a 1914 design, was rated at only 90 hp. Compared to other airplane engines of the period, it was very reliable. Some OX-5 engines are still being
  • Curtiss K-12

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The Curtiss K-12 was a milestone in the development of liquid-cooled aircraft engines and was regarded as one of the most advanced in the world for its time. Designed by Charles B. Kirkham and first tested in 1916, the K-12 featured a cast aluminum upper crankcase and integral cylinder blocks, four valves per
  • Convoy Bob

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Convoy Bob was created as a morale and motivating tool at the Basic Combat Convoy Course for the 2632nd Detachment, 457th Transportation Battalion. He was passed to a new deserving Airman weekly during their training at Camp Anderson-Peters, Texas, for demonstrating high morale and motivation.Click here to

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