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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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  • Ford Aerospace AN/AVQ-26 Pave Tack

    Pave Tack is a laser designator pod used with selected F-4E, RF-4C and F-111 aircraft for precision navigation, target location and target designation. The pod weighs 1,300 pounds and uses an imaging infrared thermal detector to provide a clear view of targets in day, night or adverse conditions. The large turret at the rear of the pod contains an
  • F-16 Sit-in Cockpit

    Note: This sit-in cockpit has temporarily been removed from display.The F-16 flight simulator is an accurate reproduction of an F-16 cockpit. It was used to train pilots in procedures and techniques without the cost and hazards of practicing in an aircraft. Emergencies could be set up for the pilot to recognize, practice and overcome that would not
  • F-4D Phantom II Sit-in Cockpit

    This cockpit will temporarily be off of display from November 2019 - June 2020.Note: Visitors are permitted to sit in this cockpit.This forward fuselage section of a Navy F-4B (BuNo 151424) was used in the ABC television series "Call to Glory" when cockpit scenes of the F-4 were needed. It was refurbished and marked as a USAF F-4D (S/N 66-7660)
  • Five Stars in Space: Hap Arnold's Rank Insignia Orbit the Earth

    These 5-star general's insignia belonged to Henry "Hap" Arnold, and they flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2011. Flying Arnold's insignia in space symbolized the U.S. Air Force's drive to expand the limits of technology. In 1945 Gen. Arnold anticipated that spaceflight would eventually become a reality -- but perhaps he never dreamed that
  • Family Odysseys: Working at Home for POW-MIAs

    Families of Americans captured in Southeast Asia could not be sure whether missing servicemen were alive or dead, since North Vietnam refused to release a list of prisoners. Quiet Diplomacy Initially, the U.S. government urged families to remain silent because public outcry might make POW treatment worse or wreck peace negotiations. After years of
  • Final Combat: The Mayaguez Incident at Koh Tang

    After South Vietnam fell to communist forces, the U.S. was again involved in combat in Southeast Asia. In May 1975, the Cambodian Khmer Rouge navy seized the American cargo ship SS Mayaguez and its crew of 39 in international waters. President Gerald Ford acted decisively to rescue the crew. The Mayaguez was anchored at Koh Tang Island near the
  • F-111A in Southeast Asia

    At the start of Operation Rolling Thunder in 1965, the U.S. Air Force did not have an all-weather precision fighter-bomber. The highly-advanced F-111A provided this vital capability. Introduced to combat prematurely in 1968, the F-111A later returned triumphantly to play a key role in Linebacker operations over North Vietnam in 1972. The poor
  • First 100-Mission Tour

    The first pilot to reach 100 "counters" was Capt. Donald Beck, an RF-101C pilot in the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, who completed his 100th on Nov. 15, 1965. Beck's 100 included missions over both Laos and North Vietnam. RF-101C crews were some of the first to fly Air Force combat missions during the Southeast Asia War. From 1961 on, the
  • First 100 Missions over North Vietnam

    Capt. Eldon "Joe" Canady was an EWO (electronic warfare officer) in the first group of RB-66Cs to deploy to Southeast Asia in April 1965. These aircraft jammed enemy radar that directed anti-aircraft fire. Canady flew on the first RB-66C combat mission in Southeast Asia on May 4, 1965, and rapidly built up his mission tally over North Vietnam.
  • F-105F Thud Wild Weasels and Rolling Thunder

    The two-seat Wild Weasel III F-105F Thunderchief or "Thud" formed the backbone of USAF SAM suppression during Operation Rolling Thunder. The F-105 Wild Weasels continued to develop tactics, flying two types of missions -- strike support, by far the more common of the two, and "hunter-killer" search and destroy attacks. As North Vietnamese defenses

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