Each year, the museum hosts hundreds of events that help convey the Air Force story and military aviation spirit. Indoor and outdoor events range from flying events, exhibit openings and aircraft rollouts to ceremonies, reunion groups, memorial dedications and guest lectures.

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Aviation Events

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force hosts outdoor aviation events each year (weather permitting). 


2018 World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

Sept. 22 & 23, 2018


This two-day flying event of authentic and replica World War I aircraft is offered every other year by the museum and the Great War Aeroplanes Association. The event includes WWI living history re-enactors in a war encampment area, radio-controlled model aircraft, period vehicles, music and a collector’s show of WWI era items. The event will include guest speakers on WWI topics as well as many family hands-on and educational activities. Click here for more information.

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I with an event that will take you back in time.


The museum is laid out in chronological order, making it easy for visitors to self tour the facility. We offer six free guided tours of the galleries a day, as well as a Glimpse Behind the Scenes program that provides an opportunity to engage with program volunteers on elements of the restoration process highlighted through a variety of materials and visuals.

Click here to for more information about tour dates and times.

Family Days

The museum’s Education Division hosts Family Days one Saturday a month (excluding December).  These programs are designed for children and adults of all ages and offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Aerospace demonstration stations are located throughout the museum's galleries to teach fun aerospace principles.  Each month features a new theme; such themes include engineering, meteorology, gravity, and space.

Click here for more information about Family Day.


Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Former NASA Astronaut, Terry J. Hart
Topic:  "100 Years of Aerospace Engineering"

Mr. Hart was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978. In August 1979, he completed a 1-year training and evaluation period, making him eligible for flight assignment on future Space Shuttle crews. Mr. Hart was a member of the support crews for STS-1, STS-2, STS-3, and STS-7. He was Ascent and Orbit CAPCOM with the Mission Control Team for those flights. Mr. Hart flew as a mission specialist on STS-41C (April 6-13, 1984) and has logged a total of 168 hours in space. Click here for a full biography.

Plane Talks

Throughout the year there will be occasional opportunities to interact with various subject matter experts. These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise.
(All veterans listed were with the U.S. Air Force, unless otherwise noted).






71st Anniversary of the Air Force
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Building 1

B-24D - Joseph Ventolo, former Museum Curator

C-47D - Maj (Ret) Jack Kunz, former Pilot

B-29 - Maj (Ret) John Retterer, former U.S. Army Special Forces


Building 2

C-123K - Lt Col (Ret) Paul Reinman, former Pilot

C-124C - Col (Ret) Dick Brubaker, former Pilot

B-52D - Col (Ret) Andrew Gilmore, former Electronics Warfare Officer

F-105D - Col (Ret) Larry Boggeman, former Pilot               

F-105G - Col (Ret) Frank Alfter, former Maintainer

UH-P1 & H-43 B - Col (Ret) Tom Gardner, former Pilot

B-52D - Maj (Ret) Will Davis, former Navigator/ Electronics Warfare Officer


Building 3

AC-130A - Col (Ret) Carl Periolo, former Pilot

B-58A - Col (Ret) Chuck Jones, former Navigator

F-89J - Col (Ret) Dick Gardner, former Pilot/Navigator

F-100D - Col (Ret) Jack Wilson, former Pilot

HU-16B - Col (Ret) Lee Smith, former Pilot                          

KC-97L - Lt Col (Ret) Ken Normand, former Pilot

SR-71A - John Schnell, former Engineer

F-15A - Col (Ret) Jim Verstreate, former Pilot

F-4 - Col (Ret) Ron Hunt, former Pilot


Building 4

C-130E - MSGT (Ret) Dave Richards, former Crew Chief

C-141C - Col (Ret) Jim Blackman, former Pilot

C-141C - BG (Ret) Paul Cooper, former Pilot

C-141C - Lt Col (Ret) Catherine Cooper, former Air Reserve Tech

VC-137C Sam 26000 - SMSgt (Ret) Gerald Mongelli, former Structural Repairs Technician

VC-137C Sam 26000 - Col (Ret) Don Brown, former Pilot Instructor



POW/MIA Recognition Day
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Building 4
C-141C - Col (Ret) Jim Blackman, former Pilot
C-141C - Maj (Ret) Don Brown, former Pilot


Future Plane Talks

Veterans' Day – Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Friday, Dec. 7, 2018


The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force teams up with the USAF Band of Flight and other performers for concerts throughout the year.


Concerts are free and open to the public, and at times, tickets are required. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Doors open for indoor concerts at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances last approximately 70-90 minutes and may include an intermission.


For more information about upcoming concerts,
please call (937) 904-9881.


Air Force Band of Flight with Guest Artist Alexis Gomez
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)

Ticket orders will be taken beginning on September 11, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Tickets may be obtained through one of three methods:

-  Online: Click here to order tickets
-  Phone: (937) 904-9881 call number and follow instructions
-  Walk-in: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

(Please do not duplicate your ticket order. Use only one of the methods listed above).


Click here for more information about the concert.

Future Concert

Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m. (tickets required)
Ticket information will be available in early November.



Air Force Museum Theatre Events


The Air Force Museum Theatre* offers a Living History Film Series and a Hollywood Film Series on several dates throughout the year. The theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation.  There is a cost associated with these film series.  Visit the links above for more information.



   Hollywood Film Series ($)

   Sunday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m. - Black Panther
   Sunday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m. - Spiderman: Homecoming
   Sunday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m. - Despicable Me 3

Living History Film Series($)

 Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. - The Cold Blue

Additional 2018 dates coming soon!

* The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is a federally owned and operated facility. Therefore, by regulation, certain types of events and activities are prohibited at the museum. Some of the types of prohibited events are as follows:


   - Non-military/private organization events

    - Fundraising and non-profit events

    - Holiday parties

    - Weddings and wedding receptions

    - Funerals

    - Political events

    - Gambling events

    - Religious events

The Air Force Museum Theatre has limited ability to support private events such as meetings and ceremonies. Click here to be directed to their website.


The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

The museum receives an overwhelming number of requests for military ceremonies (re-enlistments, retirements, promotions, change of commands, etc.) and must limit ceremonies to General Officers, members of the Senior Executive Service, and the HQ AFMC Command Chief.  (WPAFB personnel should contact their organization’s protocol office for more information).


Other individuals not listed above may hold a non-support ceremony at the museum.  Non-support ceremonies are intended to allow individuals the opportunity to stand near an aircraft or exhibit for the purpose of conducting a small, brief promotion or retirement ceremony.  Complex ceremonies requiring reserved parking, chairs, podiums, sound systems, presentation tables, briefing rooms, and/or musical support, do not qualify for non-support status and cannot be held at the museum.  For more information regarding non-support ceremonies, please call 937-255-8046.

The Air Force Museum Theatre has limited ability to support private events such as meetings and ceremonies. Click here to be directed to their website.


The Air Force Museum Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation. Federal endorsement is not implied.

Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.

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