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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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  • McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo

    The F-101 lineage included several versions: low-altitude fighter-bomber, photo reconnaissance, two-seat interceptor and transition trainer. To accelerate production, no prototypes were built. The first Voodoo, an F-101A fighter version, made its initial flight on Sept. 29, 1954. Development of the unarmed RF-101, the world's first supersonic
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II

      First flown in May 1958, the Phantom II originally was developed for U.S. Navy fleet defense. The U.S. Air Force's first version, the F-4C, made its first flight in May 1963, and production deliveries began six months later. Phantom II production ended in 1979 after over 5,000 had been built -- more than 2,600 for the USAF, about 1,200 for the
  • Mareeba Butchers

    This B-40 flight jacket was painted in 1945 by a squadron artist for the donor, a B-24 pilot with the 403rd Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group. The squadron had been based at Mareeba, Australia, in early 1943 and the nickname was given to the unit by radio propagandist "Tokyo Rose," who claimed that during one mission the unit has specifically attacked
  • Major Nazi Concentration Camps

    Arbeitsdorf, GermanyAuschwitz/Birkenau, PolandBelzec, PolandBergen-Belsen, GermanyBuchenwald, GermanyChelmno, PolandDachau, GermanyDora-Mittelbau, GermanyFlossenbuerg, GermanyGross-Rosen, PolandKaiserwald (Riga), LatviaKlooga, EstoniaMajdanek, PolandMauthausen, AustriaNatzweiler-Struthof, FranceNeuengamme, GermanyPlaszow, PolandRavensbrueck,
  • Medal of Honor Awards in the Air Force

    Note: This exhibit is located in Kettering Hall.The Medal of Honor is the highest award for heroism in military action which this nation can bestow on a member of its Armed Forces. The first Medal of Honor won by an airman was awarded to Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker for aerial combat in 1918.The Air Force designed Medal of Honor was created on
  • Master Fighter Tactician: Frederick "Boots" Blesse

    Frederick C. Blesse was one of the greatest aces of the Korean War era. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1945, flew two combat tours during the Korean War, completing 67 missions in F-51s, 35 missions in F-80s and 121 missions in F-86s. During his second tour in F-86s, he was officially credited with shooting down nine
  • MiG-15 Pilot

    Unlike their Sabre counterparts, MiG-15 pilots did not wear hard helmets or g-suits. In fact, their flight clothing and gear was essentially the same as that worn by Soviet pilots years before during World War II.ASP-3N GunsightThis ASP-3N gunsight was removed from the museum's MiG-15bis. Like the Mark 18 gunsight used on early F-86As, it computed
  • MiG Alley: Sabre vs. MiG

    "The MiG-15 was good, but hardly the superfighter that should strike terror in the heart of the West ... There was no question that the F-86 was the better fighter."- No Kum-Sok, North Korean fighter pilot who escaped to South Korea in 1953 after flying nearly 100 combat missions in the MiG-15Soviet leader Josef Stalin feared that if a Soviet
  • Mosquito Radios

    Compared to modern communications gear, radio equipment in the early 1950s was complicated, bulky, and temperamental. In most cases, a "radio" was a set of several boxes, each performing a different function. Moreover, they relied on fragile glass vacuum tubes that could easily break. These radios required extensively trained personnel to operate
  • Mosquitoes in Korea

    During the Korean War, the personnel of the 6147th Tactical Air Control Group, known as the "Mosquitoes," created a large-scale, effective forward air control (FAC) system that included both airborne and ground-based FACs.The primary FAC missions were to direct strike aircraft against enemy targets and conduct visual reconnaissance. Forward air
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