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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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  • Lorraine-Dietrich 8Be

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Production of the French Lorraine-Dietrich V-8 type engine began in late 1917 and included the 8B, 8Ba, 8Bd and 8Be. This 8Be engine is of the same general type as that used in the two-place SPAD XVI aircraft of World War I. TECHNICAL NOTES: Model: 8Be Type: Eight-cylinder, liquid-cooled, Vee Displacement: 94
  • Life Raft Bullet Hole Plug

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This was part of a kit for a life raft carried on an aircraft. Donated by Mr. Duane J. Bonvallet. Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Lafayette Escadrille Banner

    Note: This item is currently in storage.During World War I, many Americans citizens volunteered with the Lafayette Flying Corps to serve as volunteer pilots and observers in French combat squadrons. In April 1916, the most famous American squadron, N124 "Escadrille Americaine," was established. Once America entered the war in 1917, many of the
  • Lockheed XF-90

    The XF-90 was developed to meet a USAF requirement for a long-range penetration fighter. Two prototype aircraft were built. The first was powered by two Westinghouse J34 turbojets without afterburners, but these proved inadequate. The second aircraft was adapted for afterburning J34s and had better, but not great, performance. The outbreak of the
  • Litton Suit

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This USAF Mark I Extravehicular and Lunar Surface Suit, designed and built by Litton Industries, predated both the launch of Sputnik I by the Soviet Union and the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by the United States. Based on a Litton "constant-volume" concept of the so-called
  • Lafayette Flying Corps Ribbon

    Note: This item is currently in storage.The Lafayette Flying Corps ribbon was awarded in the fall of 1918 to the 214 Americans in the French Air Service. This ribbon belonged to David E. Putnam.Donated by Mrs. Elinor P. Taintor.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Lavochkin La-17M Target Drone

    Note: This item is currently in storage.In 1950 the Soviet Air Force began development of a radio-controlled aerial target for training fighter pilots. Production of the Lavochkin La-17 target drone began in 1954. Over the next 40 years, the La-17 incorporated various improvements, including an autopilot, and the last one was built in 1993. A
  • LITENING Pod

    Note: This item is currently in storage. The LITENING precision targeting pod system is operational with a variety of combat aircraft. It significantly increases the combat effectiveness of the aircraft during day, night and under-the-weather conditions in the attack of ground targets with a variety of standoff weapons, such as laser guided bombs,
  • Lancer Crew's Quick Response

    On April 7, 2003, a B-1B Lancer crew from the 28th Bomb Wing diverted to hit a newly-identified high-value target. They quickly found and destroyed the target in twelve minutes using four precision-guided bombs. They also struck an additional fifteen other targets on the mission, including surface-to-air missiles, radars and antiaircraft support
  • Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star

    The two-place T-33 jet was designed for training pilots already qualified to fly propeller-driven aircraft. It was developed from the single-seat F-80 fighter by lengthening the fuselage about three feet to accommodate a second cockpit.Originally designated the TF-80C, the T-33 made its first flight in 1948. Production continued until 1959 with
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