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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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  • Packard V-1650 Merlin

    The V-1650 liquid-cooled engine was the U.S. version of the famous British Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, which powered the Spitfire and Hurricane fighters during the Battle of Britain in 1940. In September 1940 the Packard Co. agreed to build the Merlin engine for both the American and the British governments, and adapted it for American
  • Pratt & Whitney R-2800

    This type of engine was used in the Republic P-47, rated at 2,000 hp for take-off. Many contractors built engines under license during World War II. This engine was built by Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., in 1943.Click here to return to the World War II Gallery.
  • Pratt & Whitney R-985

    The R-985 air-cooled engine was first used by the Army Air Corps in 1932. At that time, it was rated at 300 horsepower. Over the next ten years, further refinements were made, and during World War II some variants produced up to 450 horsepower. The R-985 powered thousands of military aircraft of various types in addition to being installed in
  • Piper L-4A “Grasshopper”

    The L-4A, originally designated the O-59, was the military version of the famous Piper J3 Cub. The U.S. Army Air Forces ordered the first O-59s in 1941 for tests in conjunction with its growing interest in the use of light aircraft for liaison and observation duties in direct support of ground forces. Between 1941 and 1945, the USAAF procured
  • Peacekeeper Rail Garrison Car

    On Dec. 19, 1986, the White House announced President Ronald Reagan's approval to develop a rail system for basing part of the Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) force. To increase survivability of this force, 50 Peacekeepers would be deployed in existing Minuteman silos and 50 more would be mounted on 25 USAF trains, two per
  • Pan American Good Will Flight

    The MissionThe mission of the Pan American Good Will Flight of 1926-1927 was to take messages of friendship from the United States to the governments and people of Central and South America, promote U.S. commercial aviation and forge aerial navigation routes through the Americas.The MenThe Air Corps' leadership selected the 10 Pan American flyers
  • Pancho Villa Attacks New Mexico

    On March 9, 1916, the Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa, crossed the international border with more than 500 men and raided Columbus, N.M., killing 17 Americans. The next day, Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing was directed to organize a force to protect the border and the 1st Aero Squadron, commanded by Capt. B.D. Foulois, was ordered to join
  • Philippine Air School

    In December 1911, the Signal Corps had shipped a Wright B airplane to the Philippines so that Lt. Lahm, already in the islands with the 7th Cavalry Regiment, could establish a flying school. He opened the Philippine Air School on March 12, 1912, and nine days later made the first flight from the polo field at Fort William McKinley. Lahm was able to
  • Packard LePere LUSAC 11

    Designed in 1917 by Capt. Georges LePere, a French aeronautical engineer working for the U.S. Army Air Service, the LUSAC 11 was the result of efforts to get an American built fighter into combat as soon as possible. The acronym "LUSAC" stood for LePere United States Army Combat. LePere designed the LUSAC 11 to be a combination fighter, light
  • Progress in Flying Machines: Octave Chanute

    Octave Chanute was already a well-known engineer when he began studying the problem of flight. His classic 1894 volume Progress in Flying Machines brought together in one book a history of humankind's attempts to fly. Chanute also applied his knowledge of bridge building to the design of gliders. Some of the gliders Chanute designed and tested had
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