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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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  • Wright Brothers Pin

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This pin commemorates the 1909 Dayton homecoming celebration of Orville and Wilbur Wright's return from Europe. There was a two-day celebration featuring parades, fireworks, dinners and speeches. At this celebration, the Wright brothers were presented Congressional Gold Medals.Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Tom
  • Wright Brothers Hangar Fragment

    Note: This item is currently in storage.Orville Wright presented this board to Earl N. Finley in 1915. The board came from the Wright brothers' hangar at Huffman Prairie, located eight miles from Dayton, Ohio. Wilbur and Orville Wright made 160 flights while using Huffman Prairie as a flying field in 1904-1905.Donated by Mr. Florence O.
  • WWI Army Wagoner Skill Patch

    Note: This item is currently in storage.According to the donor, this item comes from Lt. Gareth Williams. It was worn on the lower forearm sleeve indicating "Wagoner." This badge appears to be from the 1917-1918 period.Donated by Ms. Doris J. Williams.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Wright Brothers Congressional Gold Medal (Replica)

    Note: This item is currently storage. This is a replica of the original Congressional Gold Medal rewarded to Orville and Wilbur Wright during their Dayton homecoming celebration in 1909. The original medals are in the Wright State University collection.Transferred from Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center.Click here to return to the Featured
  • War Ration Book

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This olive drab cloth and brown leather wallet-style book was used for holding war rations during World War II. Donated by Mr. Brandon Ledbetter.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Wasserfall Surface-to-Air Missile

    Note: This item is currently in storage. Wasserfall (Waterfall) was a radio-controlled, supersonic guided missile for anti-aircraft purpose. Developed by the Germans during World War II, the Wasserfall was tracked by one installation while another would track the target. Then a computer would connect the data to determine when the warhead should be
  • WWI Snapshot Camera

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This camera was used by Lt. Robert Rutherford Nelson, an American who enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. Lt. Nelson only began flight school in January 1918, so neither he nor his "Salamander" unit saw combat.Donated by Mr. John W. Nelson.Click here to return to the Featured
  • World War II Rudder Control Trainer

    Note: This item is currently in storage.This pilot testing equipment was used at the School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Field, Texas. The candidate would attempt to hold an unbalanced fuselage pointed at a light target lamp in front of them in order to test motor skills.Transferred from the 6570th Aeromedical Research Lab.Click here to return to
  • Wind Generator

    Note: This item is currently in storage. This is a Brevette type generator that was used on early aircraft to furnish power for radio operation. It was wind-driven and was most commonly mounted externally on the aircraft landing gear strut.Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.
  • Warrior Airmen

    Warrior Airmen play an active and essential role in combat operations on the ground in the Global War on Terror. Some, known as Battlefield Airmen, operate independently of air bases, providing specialized skills to enhance or execute air and space power. Others, known as Expeditionary Combat Airmen, engage in ground combat operations in addition

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