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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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  • First Military Multiple-Fatality Airplane Crash

    The first airplane crash that resulted in death for two or more U.S. military personnel occurred at the Signal Corps flying field at College Park, Md., on Sept. 28, 1912. Lt. Lewis C. Rockwell, with Cpl. Frank S. Scott as his passenger, was gliding to a landing in Wright B Signal Corps Aeroplane No. 4 when the craft suddenly plunged to the
  • First Shot Fired from an Airplane

    The first shot fired from an airplane occurred on Aug. 20, 1910, at Sheepshead Bay race track near New York City. With Mr. Glenn Curtiss piloting, Lt. Jacob E. Fickel fired a rifle at a 3-foot-by-5-foot target from an altitude of 100 feet. The next month, Lt. Fickel and Mr. Curtiss repeated the experiment in Boston, Mass., this time using an Army
  • Fokker D. VII

    First appearing entering combat in May 1918, the Fokker D. VII quickly showed its superior performance over Allied fighters. With its high rate of climb, higher ceiling and excellent handling characteristics, German pilots scored a remarkable 565 victories over Allied aircraft during the month of August alone.Designed by Reinhold Platz, the
  • Featured World War I Artifacts

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has thousands of artifacts in its collection. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, each week through November 2018, a significant or interesting artifact from the museum's WWI collection will be featured on this page. Featured Artifact of the Week Balloon
  • F-100 Super Sabre in Southeast Asia

    Although several F-100 units deployed to air bases in Thailand between 1961-1964, the Super Sabre did not enter combat in Southeast Asia until the summer of 1964. In June of that year, the 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron, based in Da Nang, South Vietnam, began flying the first of many F-100 strike missions against Pathet Lao insurgents in northern
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