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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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  • From Ace to Space: Iven C. Kincheloe Jr.

    Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. was typical of those young Americans who fought the communist threat in the skies over Korea. Born on July 2, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., he entered the Air Force under the cadet program at Purdue University. While a member of the Air Force ROTC, he was sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in July 1948 for summer training. The
  • First Jet vs. Jet Ace: Capt. James Jabara

    The world's first jet-versus-jet ace was USAF Capt. James Jabara, who scored his initial victory on April 3, 1951 and his fifth and sixth victories on May 20. He was then ordered back to the U.S. for special duty.At his own request, he returned to Korea in January 1953. By June, he had shot down nine more MiG-15s, giving him a total of 15
  • F-86 Sabre vs. MiG-15 Armament

    The F-86 carried six M-3 .50-caliber machine-guns like the one displayed at the museum. The M-3 was a later version of the M-2 used in World War II. The MiG-15 carried two 23mm and one 37mm cannon and was designed to destroy enemy bombers. The two cannons on display came from the museum's MiG-15.The MiG's cannons fired heavy, destructive shells at
  • First Aerial Victories

    On the morning of June 26, 1950, one day after the start of the war, the U.S. Air Force's 68th Fighter (All-Weather) Squadron sent four F-82G aircraft from Itazuke Air Base in Japan to protect two Norwegian ships evacuating civilians from Seoul. While covering a motor convoy of civilians on the Seoul-Inchon road, two of the F-82s were attacked by
  • Forward Air Control Communications

    Since Air Force and Army radios were not compatible, Mosquito airborne FACs and TACP personnel were critical for communicating between ground and air units.  Mosquito T-6s communicated with all the other elements using different radios, including the 8-channel ARC-3 and the portable SCR-300 (or "walkie-talkie"). USAF Tactical Air Control
  • Field Order No. 58 Bomb Loading Annex

    Annex 1 to Field Order No 58 BOMB LOADING Target Force No. 1 1st Wave 4x1000-lb bombs with delay tail fuse from 1-6 hrs. 2nd Wave 6x500-lb bombs with delay tail fuses from 1-6 hrs. 3rd Wave 6x500-lb bombs with 45-second tail delay fuse. 4th Wave 6x500-lb bombs with 45-second tail delay fuse. All airplanes will carry a minimum of 2 boxes of British
  • French "Forty and Eight" Railroad Car

    By the end of the 19th century, railroads made it possible to transport people and goods quickly over long distances, and this transportation revolution soon affected military operations. Armies became reliant upon railroads for supplies, and during World War I, men and supplies flowed to the trenches in railroad cars. A familiar sight to American
  • Flight Officer Jackie Coogan

    Jackie Coogan enlisted in the Army on March 4, 1941. When the U.S. entered World War II as a result of the Pearl Harbor attack, Coogan requested transfer to the AAF as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. He was sent to glider school at Lubbock, Texas, and Twentynine Palms, Calif. Upon graduation, he was made a Flight Officer.
  • Forging Combat Pilots: Transition Training

    The successful completion of pilot training was a difficult and dangerous task. From January 1941 to August 1945, 191,654 cadets who were awarded pilot wings. However, there were also 132,993 who "washed out" or were killed during training, a loss rate of approximately 40 percent due to accidents, academic or physical problems, and other causes.
  • Flying Bomb and Rocket Development

    The V-1 and V-2 were developed at Peenemunde, on the island of Usedom on Germany's Baltic Sea coast. The Luftwaffe and German army shared this research site, which was ideally suited to secret rocket and flying bomb testing because it was isolated, flat, and had plenty of room for flight testing without endangering inhabited areas. In the summer of

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