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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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  • Escort from Italy

    After the Allies had consolidated their battle lines across southern Italy, both heavy and medium bombers, along with light bombers and fighters, continued to attack tactical targets. In addition, the heavy bombers were able to continue strikes against strategic targets in the Balkans, northern Italy and southern Germany. A build-up began in Italy
  • Eagle Squadrons

    On the other side of the world, Americans flocked in droves to British and Canadian recruiting stations. Approximately 15,000 joined the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force where, as a rule, they were assimilated into various flying units.The exception was the famed Eagle Squadrons which, contrary to popular belief, consisted of three
  • Early Free-Fall Parachute

    The first successful Army test jump with a free-fall parachute was made by Mr. Leslie Irvin at McCook Field on April 28, 1919, using a chute designed by Floyd Smith and Guy Ball, both civilian employees at McCook.The parachute on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, one of the oldest specimens in the museum's collection,
  • Endurance Flights

    Click on the following links to learn more about endurance flights during the interwar years.Round-the-Rim FlightTranscontinental Reliability and Endurance TestFirst Alaskan FlightDoolittle's Atlantic-to-Pacific FlightFirst Air-to-Air RefuelingEndurance Flights PropellersFirst Transcontinental Nonstop FlightMaughan's Dawn-to-Dusk FlightFlight of
  • Endurance Flights Propellers

    (From left to right)Propeller used on the DH-4B flown by Lts. Lowell H. Smith and John P. Richter to received fuel during the U.S. Army Air Service's first aerial refueling on June 27, 1923.Propeller used on the DH-4B "tanker" flown by Lts. Virgil Hine and Frank W. Seifert during the refueling flights conducted at North Island in 1923.Propeller
  • Escadrille Lafayette

    In February 1918 the airplanes and equipment of the Escadrille Lafayette, together with most of its pilots, were taken over by the United States, while the French ground personnel of the unit were replaced by members of the 103rd Aero Squadron, Air Service, American Expeditionary Force. During its illustrious history with the French Aviation
  • Escadrille Americaine

    Early in World War I, various Americans, sympathetic to the Allied cause, offered their service to France as ambulance drivers, while others fought in the trenches as members of the French Foreign Legion. A handful of these men were successful in transferring to the French Aviation Service prior to the end of 1915, where they were joined by several
  • Eberhart SE-5E

      When the United States entered World War I, plans called for American manufacturers to mass produce aircraft already in use by the Allies. One of the fighters chosen was the British S.E.5A, designed by the Royal Aircraft Factory. The prototype S.E.5 first flew in December 1916, and deliveries of an improved version, the S.E.5A, started in March
  • Eisenhower Jacket

    The Eisenhower jacket worn by TSgt. Ray McKinley while a member of the Miller AAF Band, including the period he was its leader following Maj. Miller's disappearance. The jacket, on display in the Air Power Gallery, was donated by Ray McKinley of Stamford, Conn. Click here to return to the Uniforms Gallery.
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