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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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  • Royal Air Force

    RAF BurtonwoodRAF ManstonClick here to return to Memorial Park.
  • Reconnaissance

    7th Photo Group 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron9th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron "31 Club"15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron20th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron26th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron28th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron34th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron55th Strategic
  • R-1 Rescue All Terrain Transport (RATT)

    The Rescue All Terrain Transport (RATT) is a high-mobility vehicle used by Air Force special operations to transport and treat casualties in the field, for airfield seizures and as a field utility vehicle. In the late 1980s, Air Force special tactics units needed an agile rescue and casualty evacuation vehicle to replace the Jeeps then in use.
  • Rocket-Propelled Grenades: Old Threat, New Danger

    The RPG-7 has become a weapon of choice among terrorists and insurgents. Somali militiamen used RPG-7s to down two U.S. Army helicopters in Mogadishu in 1993. The RPG-7 is commonly used by enemy forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, who employ them against vehicle convoys, checkpoints and helicopters. First produced as an anti-armor weapon in the early
  • RED HORSE in the 21st Century

    USAF Civil Engineering in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and BeyondFollowing its successful construction efforts during and after the Southeast Asia War, the U.S. Air Force's RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron, Engineer) squadrons continued their legacy into the twenty-first century and the war on
  • Recipes from the Siege of Sarajevo

    During the siege of Sarajevo, people had to hand carry their water in plastic containers and find ways to cook warm meals. Since the Bosnian Serbs had cut off electric, gas and other fuel supplies, the people of Sarajevo adapted to the situation. They responded to the scarcity of wood and coal by constructing home-made stoves that used very little
  • RB-47H Shot Down

    In the summer of 1960, the Soviet Union remained on high alert for overflights following the shoot down in May 1960 of a U-2 flown by Francis Gary Powers of the CIA. On July 1, 1960, a Strategic Air Command (SAC) RB-47H crew was flying in international airspace over the Arctic, north of the USSR, when a Soviet MiG-19 fighter began to shadow their
  • Rubble to Runway: The Triumph of Tegel

    Air Force planners knew that the success of the Berlin Airlift depended upon rapidly expanding the capacity of Berlin airports. Potential at Tempelhof and Gatow for expansion was limited and difficult. A third, new airlift terminal facility was desperately needed. A site was selected at Tegel in the French Sector. Construction began Aug. 5, 1948,
  • Radioplane OQ-19D

    In response to the U.S. Army Air Forces' requirement for fast aerial targets with which to train anti-aircraft gunners, Radioplane (a division of Northrop Aircraft Co.) developed a 200 mph class airplane in 1945. Evolved from earlier designs, such as the OQ-2A, the OQ-19 was first flight tested in 1946. It was capable of catapult launches, rotary
  • Ryan BQM-34 Firebee

    The Firebee, originally designated the Q-2, was a high-speed target drone for both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. It was used primarily for the testing of newly-developed missiles and for the training of fighter-interceptor pilots whose aircraft were armed with missiles. Capable of being launched from the ground or from an airplane in

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