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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.
Plans are underway for an event to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. This event will include World War II living history re-enactors, guest speakers and more.
The Education Division hosts Family Days one Saturday a month. These programs are designed for children and adults of all ages and offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. In July we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 - the first time humans set foot on the moon.
Scale versions of some of history's well-know airframes will fly over the museum during Labor Day weekend. Radio-Controlled aircraft pilots will entertain audiences as they perform skillful maneuvers with jets, warbirds and helicopters from all eras of aviation history.
Aviation history will come alive ten years after the first time this 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. Discover the source behind this evening of “life” at the museum. Best of all, this family-friendly event is free!

Upcoming Events

Tours

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.

D-Day Commemoration – 75th Anniversary

May 13, 2019 and June 6, 2019

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with two separate days full of events, as well as a temporary augmented reality (AR) exhibit.

The events will take place on Monday, May 13 and Thursday, June 6 2019. The event on May 13th will include a Paratrooper Jump, D-Day films and the opening of the temporary AR exhibit which will remain open through the end of the year. The event on June 6th with include a flyover, wreath laying, living history re-enactors, WWII-era vehicles, collection displays and D-Day films. Click here for more details.

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
May 18, 2019 – Armed Forces Day and International Museum Day
June 15, 2019 – Play Ball
July 20, 2019 – 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing
August 17, 2019 – National Aviation Day
September 28, 2019 – Fall with Gravity
October 26, 2019 – Spooktacular Aerospace Fun
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.





 

 

Future Plane Talks

Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 18, 2019
72nd Anniversary of the Air Force – Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
National POW/MIA Recognition Day – Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
70th Anniversary end of the Berlin AirliftMonday, Sept. 30, 2019
Veterans Day – Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019

Concerts

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.

 



 

 

 

British Invasion Concert 

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Come hear the iconic British rock bands such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who and the Rolling Stones. The Air Force Band of Flight will perform such songs as Blackbird, Lady Madonna, Tumblin’ Dice, Satisfaction, Good Times Bad Times, Under Pressure and Won’t Get Fooled Again. There will be no tickets issued for this concert so come early.

 


 

Big Band Concert featuring Glenn Miller music performed by Air Force Bands

Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.

 

Holiday Concert

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

Ticket information usually available one-month prior to concert.

 

Outdoor Aviation Events

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

 

2019 Giant Scale Radio-Controlled (RC) 
Model Aircraft Air Show

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2019, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

During this three-day event visitors will see some of history’s well-known airframes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force over Labor Day weekend, but they won’t just be the ones inside the galleries. Scale versions of those aircraft will fly over the museum, regaling spectators with daring aerobatics. RC pilots will entertain audiences as they perform skillful maneuvers with jets, warbirds and helicopters from all eras of aviation history. 

 


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

 

Aviation history will come alive during Night at the Air Force Museum ten years after the first time this event occurred at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. 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. Discover the source behind this evening of “life” at the museum. Best of all, this family-friendly event is free! 

 

 

 

 

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 ($)

 

Monday, May 13, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - Secret Spitfires
U.S. premiere of the film with guest speaker Ethen Cetintas, filmmaker
Click here for more information


 

Hollywood Film Series ($)

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 4 p.m. - Solo:A Star Wars Story

Sunday, May 26, 2019, 4 p.m. - Mary Poppins Returns

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 4 p.m. - Forrest Gump
Sunday, July 28, 2019, 4 p.m. - First Man

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, 4 p.m. - Bumblebee
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.

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.

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    Notice: Visitors may be filmed, photographed or recorded by the U.S. Air Force for educational and promotional uses, including for posting on public websites and social media.  

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