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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.

Important Announcement

Due to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s temporary closure as a public health precaution in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all events are subject to change. Despite closure to the public, the museum is continuing its heritage stewardship duties and work on preparing for events to the fullest extent possible. We will continue to update this website and social media outlets with the latest information.

Illustration of museum hangar with doors open showing aircraft inside. Text in illustration reads "First Thursday; Open Late until 8 p.m.

Open Late - First Thursday of each month
The museum, gift shop and café will remain open until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in 2020.
 



November 5, 2020 open until 8 p.m.
5-8 p.m. – Look inside the B-58A
Learn more about the aircraft from museum volunteer Col. (Ret.) Chuck Jones


December 3, 2020 open until 8 p.m.
5-8 p.m. – Look inside the F-111F
Learn more about the aircraft from museum volunteer Lt. Col. (Ret.) Eric Puschmann

More information available in the News Release.

Veterans Day 2020

Picture of veteran in front of an aircraft.Plane Talks
November 11, 2020, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Commemorate Veterans Day by meeting and hearing stories from more than 50 veterans and subject matter experts. These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise.

Building 1 (WWII Gallery)
B-25B - Lt Col (Ret) Jack Hampshire, Former Pilot
B-17 - Joseph Ventolo, Former Museum Curator
C-47D - Maj (Ret) Jack Kunz, Former Pilot
Ju 88D - Lt Col (Ret) Chuck Schmitz, Author
B-29 - Former Sgt Steven Smith, Former Nuclear Weapons Specialist

Building 2
B-52D - Maj (Ret) Wil Davis, Former Navigator/Electronic Countermeasures Officer
B-52D - Col (Ret) Andrew Gilmore, Former Electronics Warfare Officer
B-26K - SSgt (Ret) Bill Broomhall, Former Aircraft Maintenance
RF 101C  - Lt Col (Ret) Joe Muchnij, Former Aircraft Maintenance Quality Control Officer
OV-10 - Col (Ret) Denny Crouch, Former Pilot
UH-1P - Col (Ret)Tom Gardner, Former Pilot
HH-3E - MSgt (Ret) Charles Rouhier, Former Flight Engineer/Crew Chief
CH-3 - Former SSgt Steve Wing, Former Crew Chief
CH-3 - CMSGT (Ret) Arthur Martinelli, Former Crew Chief
C-123K - TSgt (Ret) Ed Kienle, Former Mechanic
F-105D - Col (Ret) Larry Boggeman, Former Pilot
EC-121D - SMSgt (Ret) Sam Jiles, Former Communications Electronics Equipment Repairman
F-4C - Col (Ret) Ron Hunt, Former Pilot
A-7D - Col (Ret) Jack Wilson, Former Pilot
F-105G - Col (Ret) Jim Verstreate, Former Pilot
F-22A - Lt Col (Ret) Glen Owen, Former Intelligence Officer

Building 3
KC-97L - Lt Col (Ret) Kenneth Normand, Former Pilot
B-58A - Col (Ret) Chuck Jones, Former Navigator
B-58A - SSgt (Ret) Dickie Bishop, Former Crew Chief
F-89J - Former Capt Dick Gardner, Former Pilot/Navigator
B-2 - Col (Ret) Gavin Ketchen, Former Pilot
F-16 - Col (Ret) Robert "Bob" Pinizzotto, Former Squadron Maintenance Officer
B-1B - Mr. Don  Chislaghi, Former Engineer
CV-22 - Lt Col (OhANG Ret) Bob  Recchiuti, Former Avionics Engineer
A-10 - Col (Ret) Frank Alfter, Former Maintenance & Munitions Officer
AC-130A - Col (Ret) Carl Periolo, Former Navigator
F-111 - Lt Col (Ret) Michael Uecker, Former Combat Crew Training Sqdrn Instructor Radar Navigator
F-15A - SSgt(Ret)Randy Dodge, Former Crew Chief
MiG-29A - Lt Col (Ret) Rob Young, Former Intelligence Officer
F-106A - SMSgt (Ret) Joe Matis, Former Crew Chief
F101-B - CMSgt (Ret) Arthur "Pete" Petrini, Former Crew Chief
SR-71A - Former Capt John Schell, Former Engineer
SR-71A - Former A1C Don Gray, Former Personal Equipment Specialist
U-2 - Mr. Frank Hayes, Former Engineer
C-133 - Sgt (Ret) Bob Grimm, Former Machinist

Missile Gallery
Minuteman III - Col (Ret)Larry Skapin, Former Missile Combat Crew Commander/Instructor
Minuteman III - Capt (Ret) Tom Cox, Former Missile Maintenance Crew member

Building 4
XB-70 - Stephen Frey, Former Control Engineer
C-141C - Col (Ret) Jim Blackman, Former Pilot
VC-54 - Jerry Millhouse, Former Pilot
Boeing VC-137C - SMSgt (Ret) Gerald Mongelli, Former Structural Repairs Technician
C-21A - Col (Ret) Rick Weeks, Former Pilot
Boeing VC-137C - Maj (Ret) David Hill, Former Flight Attendant

 

A pile of LEGO bricks next to text that reads: LEGO; Military-themed display; Featuring a replica of the B-17 Memphis Belle; Nov. 11-14 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Nov. 15 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.LEGO® Display

November 11 - 14, 2020, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November 15, 2020, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Military-themed display made of LEGO® bricks by the Cincy LUG. This display includes replicas of war memorials to include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and replica aircraft to include an F-15 and the B-17 Memphis BelleTM. The display consists of over 1 million bricks and parts. The Memphis Belle alone has well over 3,000 pieces and has a full 10 man crew, it took four months of planning and part hunting and then a month to assemble. This display will be set-up in the WWII Gallery near the Memphis Belle.

Federal endorsement is not intended nor implied.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

Picture of veteran standing in front of a B-25Plane Talks

Plane Talks will occur a few times a year and allow visitors the opportunity to interact with various subject matter experts. The experts at these talks may include veterans, active duty, former pilots, crew members, engineers, navigators, and more. These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise. These Plane Talks programs often occur on the anniversary of a significant Air Force or military event.


Future Dates:
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Video-USAF Maj.(Ret.) Lew Newhard- Former SAM 26000 Pilot

Picture of the Band of Flight performing a concertConcerts

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.



The Air Force Band of Flight Holiday Concerts scheduled for December 12 and 13, 2020 have been cancelled. However, the Holiday Concert will be recorded and streamed online for all to enjoy. Please continue to check our website and social media channels for information about when and how you can view this concert.

Video-Air Force Band of Flight Concert Footage(2019)

Picture of traveling WWII MemorialTraveling WWII Memorial
(postponed until 2021)

The Traveling WWII Memorial consists of the Wall of Stars, the Atlantic and Pacific Pavilions, 56 Pillars, and stands with oak and wheat wreaths.  Granite slabs also highlight quotes from President Roosevelt and General MacArthur.  The Wall of Stars reads “Here Marks the Price of Freedom." This traveling display is owned by Freedom’s Never Free.

Logo for Salute: A Vietnam Veterans TributeSALUTE: A Vietnam Veterans Tribute
(postponed until 2021)


This event will include living history reenactors, vehicles of the era, live music from the 1960s and the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) 80% scale Vietnam Wall replica.

 

History:
The Southeast Asia War (Vietnam War) included Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia occurred between 1961-1973.
Visit our Fact Sheet for a more detailed explanation.

Logo for AFMuseum After Dark: Cockpits & CocktailsCockpits & Cocktails (postponed until 2021)

The museum is planning an evening event exclusively for adults ages 21+ with food, fun and drinks! Tickets will be required.

Picture of traveling Korean War MemorialTraveling Korean War Memorial “The Forgotten War” (Summer 2021)


The museum is preparing to host a replica of the Korean War Memorial for public display on the museum’s front lawn. This traveling display is owned by Freedom’s Never Free.

Aerial picture of World War one replica aircraft flying over the museum hangarsWorld War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous (Fall 2021)

Due to current world affairs the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous has been postponed to occur in Fall 2021. This will allow time to work the requirements for this event and ensure it is safe for our out-of-state participants to travel.

Video-Replica WWI Flying Aircraft at the Dawn Patrol Rendezvous 2018

Picture of visitors in the Air Force Museum Theatre watching a movieAir Force Museum Theatre 

The Air Force Museum Theatre* offers a Living History 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 for more information.
 

Living History Series ($)

Dates will be posted as available

 

Hollywood Film Series ($)

Dates will be posted as available​

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

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  • Upcoming Events

    Museum events range from flying events and Air Force Band of Flight concerts to ceremonies and family events. Use the drop-down menus below to see details about upcoming events.

  • November 2020

    Thursday, Nov. 5

    Museum Open Late, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    The museum will be open after hours on the first Thursday of the month. Click here for more information.​


    Wednesday, Nov. 11

    Plane Talks – Veterans Day, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Plane Talks will occur a few times a year and allow visitors the opportunity to interact with various subject matter experts.  The experts at these talks may include veterans, active duty, former pilots, crew members, engineers, navigators, and more. These experts will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise. These Plane Talks programs often occur on the anniversary of a significant Air Force or military event. Click here for more information.


    Wednesday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 15

    LEGO® Display

    See a military-themed LEGO® display presented by the Cincy LUG. This display includes replicas of war memorials to include the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and replica aircraft to include an F-15, F-14 and the B-17 Memphis BelleTM. Click here for more information.

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