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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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  • Military Ballooning: The American Civil War

    The UnionMilitary ballooning in the United States began early in the Civil War. Balloons gave the Union the ability to view enemy troops from the "high ground" during a battle. Best known of the "aeronauts" was Thaddeus S.C. Lowe. He and others made numerous observations using hydrogen-filled balloons during the first two years of the war. At one
  • Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois

    These were the blouse and Sam Browne belt of Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois who took the 1909 Wright Flyer, Military Aeroplane No. 1, to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 1910 and taught himself to fly. He was Chief of the Air Corps when he retired 25 years later while the first B-17 Flying Fortress was being built. These uniform items were transferred
  • MHU-110 Munitions Handling Trailer

    The MHU-110 munitions handling trailer is used to transport munitions between the storage area and the flight line. It has a 15,000-pound capacity and can accommodate a variety of munitions using various adapters, cradles and chocks.Click here to return to the Equipment Gallery.
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