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.
The museum comes to life with a variety of activities on Friday, November 1st, 2019 from 6-10 p.m. Meet historical and fictional aviation characters, look-in cockpits, kids activities and more.

Upcoming Events


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.

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

New Space Suit Exhibit on display

"Apollo 11: First Steps 2D"
showing daily at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.


Virtual Reality Simulators ($)
offering two space experiences
Apollo and Beyond VR
Space Walk VR

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.


Upcoming Family Days
September 28, 2019 – Fall with Gravity
November 16, 2019 – Exploring Engineering

Plane 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.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
72nd Anniversary of the Air Force

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and hear stories from more than 30 Air Force veterans.


Building 1 (WWII Gallery)
B-24 D -
 Joseph Ventolo, former Museum Curator
B-25B - Lt Col (Ret) Jack Hampshire, former Pilot

Building 2
A-1E -
Col (Ret) Ed Mentzer, former Pilot
B-52D - Col (Ret) Andrew Gilmore, former Electronics Warfare Officer
B-52D - Maj (Ret) Will Davis, former Navigator/Electronic Countermeasures Officer
C-123K - Lt Col (Ret) Paul Reinman, former Pilot
C-124C - Lt Col (Ret) Dick Brubaker, former Pilot
EC-121D - SMSgt (Ret) Sam Jiles, former Communications Electronics Equipment Repairman
F100 D - Col (Ret) Robert "Bob" Pinizzotto, former Squadron Maintenance Officer
F-105G - Col (Ret) Jim VerStreate, former Pilot
F-4C - CMSgt (Ret) Franklin Wolf, former Crew Chief
OV-10A - Col (Ret) Denny Crouch, former Pilot
RF 101C -  Lt Col (Ret) Joe Muchnij, former Aircraft Maintenance Quality Control Officer
UH-1P & H-43B - Col (Ret)Tom Gardner, former Pilot

Building 3
A-10 A -
Lt Gen (Ret) John Hudson, former Pilot
AC-130A - Col (Ret) Carl Periolo, former Navigator
AC-130A - Dick Gardner (former Capt), former Pilot Navigator
B-1B - Mr. Don  Chislaghi, former Engineer
B-58A - Col (Ret) Chuck Jones, former Navigator
F-102A - Col (Ret) Jack Wilson, former Pilot
F-106A - SMSgt (Ret) Joe Matis, former Crew Chief
F-111A - Lt Col (Ret) Michael Uecker, former Combat Crew Training Sq Instructor Radar Navigator
F-4G - Col (Ret) Ron Hunt, former Pilot
HU-16B - Col (Ret) Lee Smith, former Pilot
KC-97L - Lt Col (Ret) Kenneth Normand, former Pilot
Minuteman - Col (Ret)Larry Skapin, former Missile Combat Crew Commander/Instructor
Missile Gallery - Maj (Ret) Harmon Withee, former Missle Crew Member
RF-4C - Lt Col (Ret) Chuck ‘Goose’ Schmitz, former Pilot
SR-71A - John Schell (former Capt), former Development Engineer
U-2A - SSgt Ralph Shain, former Crew Chief

Building 4
C-130E -
MSgt (Ret) Dave Richards, former Crew Chief
C-141C - Col (Ret) Jim Blackman, former Pilot
C-21A - Lt Col (Ret) Rick Weeks, former Pilot
VC-137C - SMSgt (Ret) Gerrard Mongelli, former Structural Repairs Technician
VC-137C - Maj (Ret)Don Brown, former Pilot/Instructor

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Building 4
C-141C (Hanoi Taxi) – Brig Gen (Ret) Paul Cooper, former Pilot
C-141C (Hanoi Taxi) – Lt Col (Ret) Katherine Cooper, former Flight Nurse

70th Anniversary end of Berlin Airlift
Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

C-47D - Maj (Ret) Jack Kuntz, former Pilot
Berlin Airlift - Joseph Ventolo, former Museum Curator

Future Plane Talks
Veterans Day – Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019


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) 522-3252.






Future Concerts:

Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.

Night at the Air Force Museum
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019


The museum comes to life during Night at the Air Force Museum ten years after the first event occurred. A variety of interactive programs will take place throughout the museum, as visitors have the unique opportunity to meet characters from all eras of military aviation history, along with fictional aviation characters. Best of all, this family-friendly event is free! Check our website closer to the date for additional details.





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.


 Living History Series ($)

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - Last Full Measure


Hollywood Film Series ($)

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, 4 p.m. - Moana
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 4 p.m. - The Greatest Showman
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 4 p.m. - Lion King
Sunday, Dec. 22 2019, 4 p.m. - The Polar Express


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

Security Notice

Please note that for security reasons, all visitors may be screened with a metal detector upon entry. In addition, all bags are subject to search and may be placed through an X-Ray machine. Weapons are not permitted to include pocket knives with a blade over 2 ½ inches in length. Please click the triangle for a full list of prohibited items.

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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