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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 public health precautions in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all events are subject to change and are re-evaluated on a weekly basis. We will continue to update this website and social media outlets with the latest information.

Young lady using interactive display in SPACE exhibitSPACE: A Journey to Our Future (Temporary Exhibit)

January 28 - September 6, 2021

“SPACE: A Journey to Our Future” is a highly interactive exhibition that ignites the desire for space exploration and discovery, sparking imaginations, and inspiring new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead. Highlights include touching actual rocks from the lunar surface of the moon and the red planet of Mars; exploring a Mars Base Camp while walking through a full-size habitat and work pod; taking a spin on a centrifuge that is powered like a bicycle; getting an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program; and looking into future explorations of the universe. Click here for additional information.

Image from Art Exhibit"The Beauty of Space"
Art Exhibit

February 26 - September 26, 2021

“The Beauty of Space” exhibit will feature awe-inspiring pieces of varying mediums created by artists from the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). While we do not yet know all the stories held by the stars, “The Beauty of Space” spurs us to unleash our curiosity and keep moving forward on this grand human adventure. The International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), is a nonprofit organization whose members implement and participate in astronomical and space art projects, promote education about space art and foster international cooperation in artistic work inspired by the exploration of the Universe. Click here for more information.

Hawker-Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty cockpitOpen Aircraft Days

On these days, visitors will have the unique
opportunity to look inside one of the museum’s aircraft from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Saturday, May 8, 2021 - Look in the F-22A cockpit
Learn more about the aircraft from Maj. (Ret.) James Miklasevich, a museum volunteer and F-22 Systems Engineer.

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - Walk inside the C-7A
Learn more about this aircraft from museum volunteer and former aircraft structural repairman, Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Jerry Mongelli.

Future Dates:
Friday, July 9, 2021
Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021

Additional information available in News Release

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.

 

Armed Forces Day
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Building 1

(WWII Gallery)

 

B-25B

Lt Col (Ret) Jack Hampshire, Former Pilot

B-17

Maj (Ret) David Hill, Presenter (Former Flight Attendant)

B-17

SMSgt (Ret) Joe Matis, Presenter (Former Crew Chief)

C-47D

Maj (Ret) Jack Kunz, Former Pilot

JU-88D

Lt Col (Ret) Chuck Schmitz, Former Weapons System Officer/ Educator

B-29

Joseph Ventolo, Former Curator

   

Building 2

 

B-52D

Maj (Ret) Wil Davis, Former Navigator/Electronic Countermeasures Officer

B-52D

Col (Ret) Andrew Gilmore, Former Electronics Warefare Officer

RF 101C

Lt Col (Ret) Joe Muchnij, Former Aircraft Maintenance Quality Control Officer

UH-1P & H-43B

Col (Ret) Tom Gardner, Former Pilot

UH-1P

Col (Ret) Bill Stang, Former Chaplin

C-123K

Lt Col (Ret) Paul Reinman, Former Pilot

CH-3

Former SSgt Steve Wing, Former Crew Chief

Ch-3

CMSgt (Ret) Arthur Martinelli, Former Crew Chief

AQM-34

Lee Verbillion

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

F-105G

Col (Ret) Frank Alfter, Former Maintainer/Loader/Pilot

F-105G

Col (Ret) Jim Verstreate, Former Pilot

F-22

 Lt Col (Ret) Glen Owen, Former Aerospace Engineer

   

Building 3

 

KC-97L

Lt Col (Ret) Kenneth Normand, Former Pilot

B-58A

Col (Ret) Chuck Jones, Former Navigator/Bombardier

B-36

Maj (Ret) Don Meyer, Former Navigator/Educator

F-89J

Former Capt Dick Gardner, Former Pilot/ Navigator

B-2

Col (Ret) Gavin Ketchen, Former Pilot

F-16A

Jeff Roberson, Former Aerospace Engineer

B-1B

Mr. Don Chislaghi, Former Engineer

CV-22

Lt Col (OhANG Ret) Bob  Recchiuti, Former Avionics Engineer

A-10A

Lt Gen (Ret) John Hudson, Former Pilot

AC-130A

Col (Ret) Carl Periolo, Former Navigator

F-15A

SSgt (Ret) Randy Dodge, Former Crew Chief

RF- 4C

CMSgt Arthur "Pete" Petrini, Former Crew Chief

F-100D

Col (Ret) Jack Wilson, Former Pilot

SR-71A

Former Captain John Schell, Former Development Engineer

SR-71A

Former A1C Don Gray, Former Personal Equipment Specialist

   

Missile Gallery

 

Minuteman III

Col (Ret)Larry Skapin, Former Missile Combat Crew Commander/Instructor

Minuteman III

Lt Col (Ret) Robert Anderl, Former Space and Missile Operations,

Missile Combat Crew

Missiles

Maj (Ret) Harmon Withee, Former Missile Crew member

   

4th Building

 

XB-70

Stephen Frey, Former Control Engineer

C119J

Lt Col (Ret) Jerry Millhouse, Former Pilot/Educator

C-141C

Col (Ret) Jim Blackman, Former Pilot

SAM26000

SMSgt (Ret) Gerard Mongelli, Former Structural Repair Tech

SAM26000

CMSgt (Ret) Tim Kerwin, Former Chief Flight Attendant

C-130E

MSgt (Ret) Dave Richards, Former Crew Chief

Future Dates:
September 17 – In Observance of 74th Anniversary of the Air Force and National POW/MIA Recognition Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
December 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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

A blue raptor in the jungleOperation Dinosaur

Saturday, June 12, 2021, 4 – 8 p.m.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air force often focuses its events and programs on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For this event we are going to focus on an area of Science we don’t often get a chance to explore – paleontology. In addition to learning about the nuts and bolts of aircraft, visitors can learn about the fossils and bones of dinosaurs! Join us for this FREE event as “larger than life” dinosaurs storm the museum. The event will include activities for the whole family, Jurassic-era themed simulator rides, giveaways and fun facts. Did you know that the quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan about the same length as the 1909 Wright Flyer? Learn this and other facts during the event on June 12, 2021.

A few dinosaurs will be in Buildings 2, 3 and 4 between 4 – 7 p.m. The museum will close at 8 p.m.

Some dinosaurs are as big as 9 ft. tall. These dinosaurs are very realistic and can move, blink, open their mouths and ROAR! For our visitors that may have sensory-sensitivity, Building 2 will be a “roar-free” zone.

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.



Virtual Holiday Concert
released on Friday, December 11, 2020
available for viewing on YouTube and Facebook

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

Picture of traveling WWII MemorialTraveling WWII Memorial
(postponed)

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)


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.


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

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” (postponed)


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 (postponed)

Due to current world affairs the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous has been postponed until further notice. 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.

Private Event Venue

Interested in hosting a private event or meeting
at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force?


Click here to find out about our unique event space

  • 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.

  • Temporary Exhibits

    January 28 - September 6, 2021 

    SPACE: A Journey to Our Future
    See this highly interactive exhibition that ignites the desire for space exploration and discovery. More information


    February 26 - September 26, 2021

    "The Beauty of Space" Art Exhibit
    This exhibit will feature artwork by the International Association of Astronomical Artists. More information

  • May 2021

    Saturday, May 8

    Open Aircraft Day, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Visitors will have the unique opportunity to look inside one of the museum’s aircraft. More information

     


    Saturday, May 15

    Plane Talks: Armed Forces Day, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Subject matter experts will be stationed near the aircraft or exhibit that relate to Armed Forces. More information

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