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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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  • Flight Nurse's Creed

    I will summon every resource to prevent the triumph of death over life.I will stand guard over the medicines and equipment entrusted to my care and ensure their proper use.I will be untiring in the performances of my duties and I will remember that, upon my disposition and spirit, will in large measure depend the morale of my patients.I will be
  • Fighters and Flak

    Bombing operations in March 1944 marked another turning point in the air war over Europe, for the Luftwaffe lost the advantage it had maintained so successfully since the fall of 1943. It still retained the capability for striking back at AAF bomber formations in force but was able to do so only periodically because of a shortage of skilled fighter
  • Feb. 20-25, 1944: "The Big Week"

    During "The Big Week," 3,300 bombers were dispatched from England and 500 from Italy, with 137 of the former and 89 of the latter being lost. Also, 28 AAF fighters were shot down by the enemy (by both flak and interceptors) in desperate defense of the hinterland.The number of U.S. personnel killed, missing and seriously wounded totaled 2,600, but
  • Fliers' Menace: Flak

    Note:  This exhibit has temporarily been removed from display. Although the Luftwaffe was broken, German antiaircraft fire, or flak, took an ever-increasing toll on USAAF airmen. Since fighter-bomber pilots worked at low level, flak was particularly dangerous -- if their aircraft took a mortal hit, they were too low to bail out.Flak is short for
  • Field Order No. 58 Intelligence Annex

    Annex 2 to Field Order No 58 INTELLIGENCE 1. a. (1) (a) There have been no recent reports to determine the present anitaircraft defenses of the target. Information received from sources believed to be reliable indicates that the total of heavy and medium antiaircraft guns is under 100 for the total refinery area. It is reliably reported that there
  • Field Order No. 58

    HEADQUARTERS IX BOMBER COMMAND APO 683, % Postmaster New York, N.Y. 28 July 1943 FIELD ORDER NO. 58 Maps: Plotting series and topographic charts of entire area - BENGASI, CORFU, BRACOV, CONSTANTA, INSTANBUL, CYPRUS. 1. a. See Intelligence Annex. b. Friendly ground situation: no change. 2. The Ninth U.S. Air Force will attack and destroy the 7
  • Fighting U-Boats in American Waters

    By January 1942, German submarines had moved into American coastal waters and posed a serious threat to U.S. and Allied shipping. During the first three months of 1942, German U-boats sank more than 100 ships off the east coast of North America, in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean Sea. Some of those ship losses were within site of land. The
  • Fire Bomb Raids

    On Jan. 20, 1945, Maj. Gen. Curtis E. LeMay took command of the 21st Bomber Command. Earlier, experimental missions using incendiary bombs had been carried out against Japanese cities with inconclusive results; however, a high-altitude "fire bomb" raid on Feb. 3 against the city of Kobe proved encouraging. Based on this and other trial raids,
  • First Over the 'Hump:' The China National Aviation Corporation

    In early 1940, lone DC-3 passenger aircraft of the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC) cautiously probed over and around the highest mountains in the world seeking air routes between China and India ... and to the outside world. CNAC's great success in finding these vital air routes led to the first regular flights over the Himalaya
  • First AAF Ace of WWII

    Lt. Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner, commanding officer of the 17th Pursuit Squadron in the Philippines, was the first AAF ace of World War II. Flying against overwhelming odds, he was one of the handful of American fighter pilots who engaged vastly superior numbers of Japanese aircraft as the enemy overran the Philippines. Flying a Curtiss P-40, he scored
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