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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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  • Igloo White

    Using the cover of darkness, dense jungle and bad weather, North Vietnamese trucks carried critical supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail nearly undetected. Since large numbers of American ground troops were not permitted into neutral Laos to stop the trucks, the U.S. Air Force deployed a system of electronic equipment to thwart the enemy's cover and
  • Interdiction: Tightening the Noose

    "There is every evidence that the enemy has been caused increasing difficulty by our concerted efforts in destroying his trains, trucks and other equipment."- Gen. Earle E. Partridge, Commander, 5th Air Force, March 1951Interdiction destroys an enemy's transportation system and materiel en route. Interdiction missions accounted for nearly half of
  • Itazuke Tower

    Sign from the control tower at Itazuke Air Base in Japan. Countless Air Force personnel flew combat missions from Itazuke AB during the Korean War. The sign was sent to the museum when the air base was phased out by the USAF in 1971.Note: The sign is displayed in stabilized, unrestored condition.Click here to return to the Korean War Gallery.
  • Integration of the USAF

    Note:  Due to facility upgrades this display has temporarily been removed.When the 322nd Fighter Group returned to the U.S. following the Allied victory in Europe in 1945, three of its squadrons were deactivated. The fourth, the famous 99th Fighter Squadron, was assigned to the 477th Composite Group at Godman Field, Ky. Equipped with both bombers
  • Into the Sky: Primary Flying School

    When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, the U.S. Army Air Forces continued with the type of pilot training program it had originally established in 1939 -- primary flying school operated by civilian companies under contract, and basic and advanced flying schools operated by the USAAF. The civilian primary schools had been
  • Invasion Nears

    In preparation for the invasion of France from the sea, the AAF had to photograph the entire coastline of western Europe. As the date of the invasion approached, however, it was necessary to obtain more detailed photographs of specific German beach defenses, and between May 1 and June 6, hundreds of sorties were made by unarmed photo planes flying
  • Industry Crippled

    In January 1944 the AAF was ready to begin its onslaught to destroy the German aircraft industry, thereby paving the way for later bombings of other strategic targets without suffering heavy losses to Luftwaffe interceptors.Poor weather in England prevented concentrated operations until Feb. 20, when more than 1,000 heavy bombers, escorted by
  • Italy Invaded

    While the AAF was bombing Germany from England, the Allies invaded Italy. The AAF and RAF hammered airfields, bridges, railroad yards and sea ports through Sept. 2 to weaken the enemy. In the process, Axis air forces in southern Italy were significantly reduced. The first landing was made on the toe of Italy on Sept. 3, and six days later, two more
  • Into Germany

    With the Luftwaffe virtually wiped out by 1945, 9th Air Force aircraft roamed freely over Germany, attacking targets of opportunity and providing excellent close support for Allied troops. Under the umbrella of complete air superiority, the Allies crossed the Rhine in late March, and advanced quickly into Germany. On May 8, 1945, Germany
  • Italy Surrenders

    Attention was next turned to Sicily. It was pounded day and night with bombs, and on July 10, it was invaded from the air by gliders and paratroopers. This was the first large-scale airborne operation undertaken by the Allies in World War II. Assault forces were then landed on the beaches under air cover and during the next two months, German and
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