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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 XP-81

    Note: This aircraft is currently in storage.The Convair twin-engine XP-81, tested in 1944-1945, was powered by a conventional turbojet engine and also a turboprop engine in which most of the power was used to turn a propeller rather than being expended as jet thrust. Originally, turboprops offered greater fuel economy than turbojets, but this
  • CASA 2.111H (Spanish HE-111H)

    Note: This aircraft is currently in storage. The CASA 2.111 was a medium bomber derived from the Heinkel He 111 and produced in Spain by Construcciones Aeronauticas SA. Following the Spanish Civil War, the Spanish Air Force received a number of He 111Bs from Germany. However, there was a need for more modern aircraft with increased armament, and
  • Convair SM-65 Atlas

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The Strategic Air Command's first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was the Convair B-65 Atlas (later redesignated SM-65). The Atlas became operational in 1959. Because of the vulnerability of the Atlas while above ground, an underground silo was developed. An elevator raised it to ground-level for
  • Civil Air Patrol Missing Aircraft Search Patch

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This patch was designed for lower sleeve wear. It was first authorized in August 1951 and discontinued in March 1954.Donated by Col. Louisa S. Morse (CAP).Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Civil Defense Fallout Shelter Medical Kit

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This kit's contents were found in the attic of the Senate Office Building. The medical kit contains a checklist for the kit, manuals on how to use the kit, containers, boxes, bottle of medicine and medical supplies.Transferred from the United States Historical Office.Click here to return to the Featured
  • Civic Model German Police Helmet

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This helmet has the German police (Deutsch Polizei) and National Socialist Party (Nazi) decals and includes a leather neck cover. The German Police used this type of light-weight helmet during regular duty in hazardous situations.Donated by Ms. Carolyn Brickner.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions
  • Captured Iraqi Anti-Aircraft Gun (ZPU-2)

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This Soviet-built ZPU-2 14.5mm anti-aircraft gun was captured by Allied forces during Operation Desert Storm. It is composed of two KPV 14.5mm heavy machine guns mounted on a two-wheeled carriage for mobility. Each gun is capable of firing 600 rounds per minute. Note the battle damage bullet holes on the
  • Combat Action Medal: Maj. Steven Raspet

    In a ceremony June 2007, Maj. Steven Raspet, a 354th Fighter Squadron A-10 pilot, became the first Airman to have the Combat Action Medal pinned on. This decoration is awarded for performing duties in a combat zone, either on the ground or from the air, and coming under fire or firing upon an enemy. On Jan. 8, 2006, Raspet led a flight of A-10s in
  • C-17 Globemaster III's First Combat Drop

    In four nights beginning March 25, 2003, C-17s airdropped an entire brigade -- nearly 2,000 paratroopers and 400 vehicles -- into northern Iraq. This mission was the first combat personnel airdrop from C-17s, and the 15-ship formation was the largest flown by C-17s up to that time. The crew of the lead aircraft was from the 62nd Airlift Wing, and
  • Combating the Insurgency: Air Force Combat Controllers at Najaf, Iraq

     Combating the Insurgency: Air Force Combat Controllers at Najaf, Iraq            In late January 2007, Iraqi police in Najaf went to arrest what they thought were only 30 members of the fanatical “Soldiers of Heaven” sect.  Instead they were ambushed by about 800 heavily-entrenched insurgents.           Two US Army Special Forces teams that

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