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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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  • Marquardt Space Sled

    A design for individual space maneuvering in the vicinity of a spacecraft, the space sled lost out to the seat-like maneuvering unit. The mannequin riding the sled is wearing an experimental space suit that was one of a series tested in the mid-1960s. Unlike the space sled, the suit was part of a continuing evolution which produced the operational
  • Missile Alert Facility Model

    This model depicts a Minuteman II alert facility. The complex was surrounded by a double fence with sensitive motion-detecting alarms. Each Launch Control Center (LCC) served 10 Minuteman missiles in individual hardened underground silos, typically spaced about 4 to 14 miles apart. Individual silos were not manned because the solid-fuel Minuteman
  • Missile Combat Crews

    Minuteman II combat crews included a commander and deputy commander. These officers underwent extensive training and constant drills to be sure they mastered every aspect of controlling nuclear weapons. While on alert, they maintained constant vigilance, managed maintenance logs and activities and monitored many electronic systems. Combat crews had
  • Minuteman Timeline

    1958 -- Department of Defense approves development 1961 -- First successful test flight 1962 -- Minuteman I operational (150 Minuteman 1A and 650 Minuteman 1B deployed in 16 squadrons) 1966 -- Minuteman II operational (450 deployed in nine squadrons) 1969 -- Last Minuteman I replaced by Minuteman II 1970 -- Minuteman III operational (550 initially
  • Minuteman II Mission Procedures Trainer

    "Ace in the Hole: Minuteman Strategic Missiles"Since 1962, the Minuteman missile system has played an important role in American strategic defense. Highly trained and disciplined U.S. Air Force crews in isolated, heavily protected missile control complexes maintain, secure and operate the system. This missile trainer and the model on display
  • Moon Rock

     The Apollo 16 mission took place from April 16-27, 1972. The 11-day journey was the fifth mission in which astronauts walked on the moon. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Duke and U.S. Navy Capt. John W. Young flew the lunar module Orion to the moon's surface, while Navy Lt. Cdr. Thomas K. Mattingly orbited above them in the command module,
  • Manned Orbiting Laboratory

     When the Dyna-Soar program was cancelled in December 1963, the Air Force continued its efforts to develop a capability for manned space operations. In the spring of 1964, the USAF began work on the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), an evolution of the earlier "Blue Gemini" program, which was conceived to be an all-Air Force parallel of NASA's
  • Minuteman III Second Stage Rocket

    This rocket engine, designed and built by Aerojet, powers the second stage of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, large numbers of which are currently on constant alert in blast-proof underground silos at various locations in the United States.After a Minuteman III is launched by its larger first-stage engine, the first-stage
  • Martin Marietta SM-68B/LGM-25C Titan II

    Titan II was the longest-serving ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) in the U.S. Air Force strategic arsenal. The SM-68B, developed from the Titan I ICBM, was on operational alert from 1963-1987. For most of its nearly 25 years of operation, Titan II was the largest and most powerful American nuclear-armed missile. The Titan design also
  • Martin Marietta SM-68A/HGM-25A Titan I

    Entering operational service in 1962, Titan I was the United States' first multistage ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile). Incorporating the latest design technology, Titan provided an additional nuclear deterrent to complement the U.S. Air Force's Atlas missile. Though the SM-68A was operational for only three years, it was an important step

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