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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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  • Popular Songs of the AEF

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This song booklet, compiled and distributed by the YMCA, was a staple among the soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.Click here to return to the Featured World War I Artifacts index.
  • Pre-war Super Bombers

    Although the Boeing B-17 was to gain greater fame, Boeing also designed and built an even larger four-engine bomber in the mid-1930s, the XB-15. Its design was actually begun before the B-17, but it did not make its first flight until 1937, more than two years after that of the B-17. With a wingspan of 149 feet, almost half again as large as the
  • Proving the Flying Fortress

    As a result of the General Staff's decision, only 13 YB-17s and one YB-17A were ordered by mid-1937 as compared to 133 B-18s and 177 B-18As. The Air Corps was determined to prove the value of the four-engine B-17 with this handful of service test planes. It flew its YB-17s at every opportunity over the U.S. and even scheduled good will flights to
  • Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5

    Click here to return to the Southeast Asia War Gallery.
  • POW Canteen

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This canteen was carried throughout the Bataan Campaign and on the infamous Death March. It was taken from the donor by one of the Japanese sergeants at the command of Japanese officers.Donated by Master Sgt. (Ret.) Robert J. Vogler.Click here to return to the Featured Accession: POW Collection index.
  • Phonetic Alphabet

    A - AlphaB - BravoC - CharlieD - DeltaE - EchoF - FoxtrotG - GolfH - HotelI - IndiaJ - JulietK - KiloL - LimaM - MikeN - NovemberO - OscarP - PapaQ - Quebec (Kay-beck)R - RomeoS - SierraT - TangoU - UniformV - VictorW - WhiskeyX - X-rayY - YankeeZ - ZuluClick here to return to the Discovery Hangar.
  • POW Clothing

    Typical prison-issue POW clothing. In hot weather, POWs often wore only shorts. Prison-issue sandals were made from old tires and inner tubes. The uniform is on display in the Modern Flight Gallery.Click here to return to the Uniforms Gallery.
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