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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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  • French Altimeter Indicator

    Note: This item is currently in storage. The donor of this French altimeter indicator was assigned to the French 111th Squadron as an observer. He had at least two victories and was awarded the Croix de Guerre in August 1918 and Fourragere in September 1918. Donated by Mr. Sol Wise.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Fighter Groups and Wings

    1st Fighter Group1st Fighter Wing - Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 31st Tactical Fighter Wing - Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 32nd Fighter Squadron - American Beagle Squadron4th Fighter Group4th Fighter Squadron5th Fighter Group 5th Fighter Squadron8th Fighter Group 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf FAC10th Fighter Squadron18th Fighter Wing19th Fighter
  • Former Prisoners of War

    American Ex-Prisoners of WarFormer POWs of RomaniaSoutheast Asia Prisoners of War/Missing in ActionStalag Luft III - Former Prisoners of WarClick here to return to Memorial Park.
  • Ferrying Groups

    2nd Ferrying Group4th Ferrying Group1708th Ferrying WingClick here to return to Memorial Park.
  • From the Sky Overview

    Air Force air operations played a vital role in the initial stages of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and continue to do so in ongoing operations. USAF aircrews are constantly overhead, precisely striking enemy targets on the ground, providing flexible and substantial airlift, and gathering critical, real-time intelligence.Click on
  • Fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda: TSgt. Kevin Whalen

    On July 19, 2003, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Whalen, a Terminal Attack Controller from the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, Washington National Guard, was supporting an Afghan Military Forces and U.S. Special Forces combat patrol in the Gayan Valley, Afghanistan. The patrol was hit in a well-coordinated ambush by a numerically superior enemy
  • Forging Battlefield Airmen

    The requirements and training for Battlefield Airmen are some of the most demanding in the U.S. military. They must first volunteer, and to be selected they must have strong character, high intelligence and be in excellent physical condition. Then, after up to two years of intense training, they become initially qualified. In some Battlefield
  • Flying the U-2

    The U-2 is a difficult airplane to fly. With its long wings, light construction, and unusual landing gear, the Dragon Lady has always been a challenge even for the best pilots. As a result, there have been several accidents and fatalities over the years. When flying at high altitude, early U-2s had to maintain a very specific speed--about 460 mph
  • F-111A Escape Module

    Note: This artifact has been moved to storage.This cockpit crew escape module on display is the first one ever used to save the lives of its occupants. On Oct. 19,1967, two General Dynamic contractor pilots flying F-111A (s/n 63-9780) over Texas were required to eject the module when the plane experienced complete hydraulic failure and became
  • F-102 Armament

    The missiles mounted on this F-102 are from the Hughes "Falcon" family of air-to-air missiles. In the weapons bay are AIM-4A radar guided missiles in the forward positions and AIM-4D infra-red guided missiles in the rear position. On the bottom center rail is an AIM-26A, a kiloton range nuclear warhead. Additional armament consists of 24 2.75-inch
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