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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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  • Lt. Harold R. Harris Letter

    Note: This item is currently in storage.In September 1917, Lt. Harold R. Harris, who had recently completed Ground School at the University of California Berkeley, was en-route to Italy, to assist in establishing the 8th Aviation Instruction Center for the Allied Expeditionary Force in Foggia. Before leaving France, Harris wrote a detailed letter
  • Lt. Frank S. Ennis and the 147th Aero Squadron

    Note: This item is currently in storage.During World War I, commercial ocean liners were often requisitioned for war service and were converted to troop transports on their way to the Western Front. One such ship was the RMS Cedric of the White Star Line. On March 11, 1918, the Cedric departed Hoboken, N.J., heading for the Romsey Rest Camp in
  • Lt. Col. William Thaw

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Lt. Col. William Thaw, pictured here in a pencil drawing by Henri Farré, was a World War I flying ace who flew with the Lafayette Escadrille. Flying a Nieuport, he scored his first victory in May 1916 and eventually achieved five confirmed and two unconfirmed aerial victories. Thaw was also responsible for
  • Liberty Bond and War Saving Stamps Leaflets

    Note: This item is currently in storage.During World War I, the United States Treasury issued Liberty Bonds and War Saving Stamps to citizens who were eager to support the war effort. In order to promote the sale of these bonds and stamps, the Treasury Department created the War Savings Organization.The War Savings Organization used many methods to
  • Lafayette Escadrille Pin

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This Lafayette Escadrille pin belonged to Charles Heave "Carl" Dolan Jr., who in 1915 was the 31st volunteer of the Lafayette Escadrille (Escadrille N. 124), which was a group of 38 Americans who volunteered to join the French Flying Corps before the United States entered World War I. Dolan, along with the
  • LoFLYTE Waverider Wind Tunnel Model

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This wind tunnel model is an example of the so-called "waverider" shape that the U.S. Air Force and NASA are developing to fly faster than conventional aircraft. A waverider is a craft that "surfs" on the shockwave created as it flies at hypersonic speeds -- above Mach 5, or five times the speed of
  • Liberty L-8

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The eight-cylinder version of the Liberty, also water-cooled, was the first Liberty designed and built; it preceded not only the Liberty 12 but also the four- and six-cylinder versions. It was also the first Liberty flight-tested in an airplane (Aug. 29, 1917). It developed 270 hp initially, but its output
  • Liberty L-6

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The six-cylinder water-cooled Liberty, which developed 200-215 hp, was built during World War I by Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corp. and Wright Aeronautical Corp. Since the L-6 was too large for mail airplanes and other types of engines were available for other types of aircraft, requirements for the L-6 were
  • Liberty L-4

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The four-cylinder Liberty was an experimental water-cooled engine of 102 hp, built during World War I by the Hudson Motor Co. and intended primarily for use in training airplanes. Only two were produced since other types of engines for trainers were perfected and placed in production, eliminating any
  • LeRhone C-9

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The LeRhone C-9 was a French air-cooled rotary engine rated at 80 hp. It was installed in combat airplanes early in World War I, but as larger and more powerful engines were developed, it was gradually relegated to training-type airplanes.LeRhone engines were being manufactured in England, Italy and the
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