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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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  • PATRICIA LYNN: Taking Away the Night

    PATRICIA LYNN was a highly-classified reconnaissance program using specially-modified RB-57Es. The sophisticated equipment in these aircraft revealed enemy positions and transportation even on the darkest of nights. They also carried optical cameras for day missions. Though there were only six PATRICIA LYNN RB-57Es -- and two of these were shot
  • Photo-reconnaissance: Alone, Unarmed and Unafraid

    The majority of Air Force reconnaissance flights in Southeast Asia involved unarmed RF-101C Voodoo and RF-4C Phantom II aircraft. Both were developed from fighter aircraft and had cameras installed in the forward fuselage.Voodoo and Phantom aircrews photographed communist positions in South Vietnam and Laos, enemy movement on the Ho Chi Minh Trail,
  • Pratt & Whitney YF119-PW-100L Augmented Turbofan

    In the 1980s Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., developed the YF119 prototype engine to meet USAF and U.S. Navy requirements for the Advanced Tactical Fighter Demonstration/Validation program. In 1990 it flew in both the Lockheed-Boeing-General Dynamics YF-22 and the Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23 prototype aircraft.To reduce
  • Parallel Tracks to Germany

    During World War I, many American "Doughboys" traveled the front in French railcars displaying the notice that each car could carry 40 men or eight horses. Therefore, they quickly became known as "forty and eight" railcars. In World War II, "forty and eights" again transported supplies and troops to the front, but they also carried new cargoes.
  • Prejudice & Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit

    This exhibit is located in the hallway between the Early Years and Air Power Galleries."Prejudice & Memory: A Holocaust Exhibit" is made up of the photographs, artifacts and memories of people who now live in the Dayton, Ohio, area. Among the contributors are concentration camp survivors and their families, liberators and "righteous Gentiles"
  • Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee: "High Flight"

    Note: This exhibit is located in the hallway between the Early Years and World War II Galleries."High Flight" was composed by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr., an American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was born in Shanghai, China, in 1922, the son of missionary parents, Rev. and Mrs. John Gillespie Magee; his father was an
  • Private 1st Class Desmond R. Wilkerson

    Distinguished Service Cross, 1951Private 1st Class Desmond R. Wilkerson, a medic, volunteered to go on a mission in bad weather to rescue a downed Navy flier. At the scene, Wilkerson left the helicopter to help the pilot on board but was later killed when the helicopter crashed in poor visibility.Click here to return to the Distinguished Enlisted
  • Personal Account from Capt. McConnell

    31 January 1953 "I encountered 4 MiG 15's at 46,000' I turned left into them, then reversed my turn on the first 2. I then broke right into the second 2 and again reversed my turn and lined up on the #2 MiG of the 1st element. I hit the MiG it rolled over and dived for the ground. I followed firing occasionally. Finally the MiG crashed. In the
  • Prisoners of War

    "Each hour seemed like a month and every second was filled with pain."- Lt. Wallace Brown, B-29 co-pilot shot down over North Korea, on his experience as a prisoner of the ChineseAir Force prisoners of war held by communist forces endured horrible conditions during their imprisonment. In the face of constant brutality, American Airmen held prisoner
  • Parachute Flare

    Painted on the canopy of a parachute flare, this artwork depicts the flags of the U.S., South Korea and the United Nations. It also illustrates the insignia of the 5th Air Force and some of the USAF units that were based at K-16 in 1952.These flags were handmade by a Korean woman for Airman 1st Class Carol Roberts. In addition to South Korea and

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