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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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  • Eugene Jacques Bullard

    America's First Black Military Aviator In August of 1917 Eugene Jacques Bullard, an American volunteer in the French army, became the first African American military pilot and one of only a few blacks pilot in World War I. Born in Columbus, Ga., on Oct. 9, 1894, Eugene Bullard left home at the age of 11 to travel the world, and by 1913, he had
  • Experimental Flying Helmet

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This leather flying helmet includes an attached face mask. It is an example of an early "pipe-stem" type oxygen delivery system.Transferred from 909 SOX Headquarters.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Experimental Flying Helmet

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This prototype helmet was designed to protect jet pilots, especially during high-speed bailouts. Col. Norman J. Champion of the Air Defense Command wore this one during a test program between 1958 and 1960. Each of the USAF's major commands tested five helmets. The Air Force rejected this design because it
  • Elmer Experimental Flying Suit

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This experimental high-altitude flight suit was manufactured by the Pioneer Product Division, General Electric Co., Bridgeport, Conn.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Experimental Navigational Chart Holder

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This case holds an experimental navigational chart holder Type ACIS/NCH-3, with four plotters in manila sleeves, and a handbook of instructions for the Type ACIS/NCH-3, dated April 1951, with a single page of errata. The item was manufactured by USAF Aeronautical Chart & Info.Donated by Gunnery Sgt. James R.
  • Engineer Aviation Battalions

    805th Engineer Aviation Battalion815th Engineer Aviation Battalion1896th Engineer Aviation BattalionClick here to return to Memorial Park.
  • Emergency Rescue Squadrons

    1st & 7th Emergency Rescue Squadrons2nd Emergency Rescue SquadronClick here to return to Memorial Park.
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal

    Initial Success or Total FailureWhen the presence of unexploded ordnance (UXO) makes an area too dangerous for normal operations, the U.S. Air Force relies upon its highly-trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians to make the area safe. Approaching their dangerous job with the grim humor of well-trained professionals, the EOD
  • Expeditionary Combat Airmen Overview

    In addition to Battlefield Airmen, other USAF officers and enlisted known as Expeditionary Combat Airmen are in the fight on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq.Air liaison officers (ALOs) are fighter or bomber aircrew who direct close air support strikes as members of tactical air control parties on the ground, and provide guidance to Army ground
  • Emergency Rocket Communications System

    As the threat of Soviet nuclear weapons grew in the 1960s, the U.S. Air Force needed a way to ensure that its strategic forces could be controlled after a Soviet attack. The Emergency Rocket Communications System (ERCS) made sure that national and military leaders could send pre-recorded attack orders to Strategic Air Command bombers and missiles
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