United States Air Force Museum

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Address(1)1100 Spaatz Street
Address(2) 
CityWright-Patterson
StateOhio
Zip45433-7102
CountryUSA
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Phone937-255-3284
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Description

    THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MUSEUM
    near Dayton, Ohio is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The Museum uses both chronological and subjective layouts to tell the exciting story of aviation development from the days of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk to the Space Age. Exhibits include over 200 aircraft and missiles, plus family oriented and historically interesting aeronautical displays. Over one and a half million visitors from around the world come to Ohio each year to tour this unique free attraction.

    Location.
    The entrance to the Museum is on Springfield Pike at historic Wright Field (Gate 28-B), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, six miles northeast of Dayton. I-70 travelers should exit at Ohio Route 4 south towards Dayton 8 miles to the Harshman Road exit. Those on I-75 should exit at Needmore Road, east six miles. Route 4 drivers exit at Harshman Road and follow signs to Springfield Pike. (Alternate access from I-70 via Exit 44/I-675.)

    Special Exhibits.
    All exhibits and displays are well identified to permit touring without guides. Photography is encouraged, although flash equipment will be required for most interior pictures. Documentary films are shown free in Carney Auditorium on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. A gift shop, bookstore, model shop and poster shop, operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, sell aviation-oriented items with profits used to assist the Air Force Museum. A cafe is available for refreshments. Picnic tables are available during the summer months. Sack lunches cannot be accommodated in the Museum building. Handicapped facilities include special parking, an elevator to the second floor, restroom facilities, lowered water fountains and a volume-controlled telephone. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are available on a limited basis for use inside the Museum building. A visitors' center, operated by the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is available on the grounds to assist travelers with requests for lodging, local restaurants and other attractinns in the area.

    Museum Annex.
    Approximately 25 aircraft, including the Museum's collection of Presidential aircraft, are exhibited in two hangars on the historic Wright Field flight line, about one mile from the main Museum building. Access to the Annex is available by free shuttle bus (Note: Please call ahead for availability). Annex operates daily on a reduced schedule, which is posted in the Museum lobby. Visitors are not permitted to drive their own car or walk to the Annex. The Annex aircraft exhibit is an interim display. This temporary display is austere. It is set up to protect aircraft recently restored by the Museum and to prevent further deterioration of aircraft awaiting restoration. No pets are permitted at the Annex. Limited baby strollers, wheelchairs and restroom facilities are available. No other services are offered in this area.

    Research
    A research facility is located at the Museum, maintaining prints, technical manuals, aircraft drawings, photographs, and other USAF-related documents. These reference materials are available to serious researchers on week days only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by prior appointment. A document copy service is available for a nominal fee. Appointments may be made by calling (513) 255-4644.

    Memorial Park
    Adjacent to the Museum is a Memorial Park of statuary memorials, plaques and trees dedicated to individuals, organizations and military units associated with the Air Force. These have been funded by families, friends and members of various organizations or veteran associations. For information on stablishing a memorial at the Air Force Museum, contact the Museum's Public Affairs Office at (513) 255-4704.

    Friends of the Air Force Museum
    The "Friends of the Air Force Museum" membership program draws together aviation enthusiasts interested in the activities of the Museum and assists in the growth of the facility. For a nominal annual fee, members receive such benefits and privileges as discounts in the gift shop and bookstore, newsletters, and a Museum calandar, plus much more. For more information, write:

    Air Force Museum Foundation,
    P.O. Box 1903,
    Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433.

    Public Assistance
    The public is encouraged to offer suggestions for improvements and to offer suitable items for donation, such as personal memorabilia, photographs, uniforms and documents associated with Air Force history. All offers should be submitted in writing. For additional information write: United States Force Museum Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio 45433-6518 Telephone: (513) 255-3286 No pets please!

    IMAX at the U. S. Air Force Museum
    Seeing an IMAX film is an amazing emotional experience. It puts you at the center of the action in a way no ordinary movie can, drawing you in with images that are so real you want to touch them, so powerful you can feel them. This stunning film experience relies on the best motion picture system available in the world - the IMAX system. IMAX incorporates state-of-the-art technology, film frames three times the size of conventional 70mm frames. The six-channel stereo sound system is critical to the IMAX experience, adding to the sensation of being in the middle of a real event

    Shows start on the hour seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). For current prices and film showings or for reservations call (513) 253-lMAX. Group and student rates are available.

    The IMAX Theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation.

Courtesy USAF Museum Staff

General Information

    Hours of Operation
    Sun-Mon 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
    Admission
    Free
    Parking
    Free
 
 
Exhibits - By Primary role
Advanced Trainer - 'AT' 1924-1948
 Beechcraft AT-11 (Kansan) Serial No: Unknown  
 Curtiss AT-9A (Fledgeling) Serial No: 41-12150 
Aerial Target, Flying Model - 'OQ' 1942-1947
 Frankfort OQ-2A Serial No: Unknown  
 Radioplane OQ-19D Serial No: Unknown  
Aerial Target, Manned - 'PQ' 1942-1947
 Culver PQ-14B Serial No: 44-68462 
Attack - 'A' 1926-1947
 Douglas A-20G (Havoc) Serial No: 43-22200  
 Douglas A-26C (Invader) Serial No: 44-35733 
 North American A-36A (Apache) Serial No: 42-83665 
Attack - 'A' 1946-1962
 Douglas AD-5 (Skyraider) Serial No: Unknown  
 Douglas AD-5 (Skyraider) Serial No: 52-132649  
Attack - 'A' 1962-Present
 Cessna YA-37A (Dragonfly) Serial No: 62-5951 
 Douglas A-1E (Skyraider) Serial No: 52132649 
 Fairchild-Republic A-10A (Thunderbolt II) Serial No: 78-0681 
 Fairchild-Republic YA-10A (Thunderbolt II) Serial No: 71-1370 
 Vought A-7C (Corsair II) Serial No: Unknown  
 Vought A-7D (Corsair II) Serial No: 69-6192  
 Vought A-7D (Corsair II) Serial No: 70-0970 
Basic Trainer - 'BT' 1930-1947
 North American BT-14 Serial No: Unknown  
 North American BT-9B (Yale) Serial No: Unknown  
 Vultee BT-13B (Valiant) Serial No: 42-90629 
Bomber (Italy)
 Caproni Ca.36 Serial No: Unknown  
Bomber - 'B' 1924-Present
 Boeing B-17G (Flying Fortress) Serial No: 42-32076 
 Boeing B-29 (Superfortress) Serial No: 44-27297 
 Boeing B-47E (Stratojet) Serial No: Unknown  
 Boeing B-52D (Stratofortress) Serial No: Unknown 
 Boeing KB-50J (Superfortress) Serial No: 49-389 
 Boeing WB-50D (Superfortress) Serial No: 49-310 
 Consolidated B-24D (Liberator) Serial No: 42-72843 
 Convair B-36J (Peacemaker) Serial No: 52-2220 
 Convair B-58A (Hustler) Serial No: 59-2458 
 Douglas B-18A (Bolo) Serial No: 37-469 
 Douglas B-23 (Dragon) Serial No: 39-037  
 Douglas B-26K (Invader) Serial No: 64-17676 
 Douglas RB-66B (Destroyer) Serial No: 53-475 
 Martin B-10 Serial No: Unknown 
 Martin B-26G (Marauder) Serial No: 43-34581  
 Martin EB-57B (Night Intruder) Serial No: Unknown 
 North American B-25D (Mitchell) Serial No: 43-3374  
 North American B-45C (Tornado) Serial No: 48-010 
 North American XB-70 (Valkyrie) Serial No: 62-0001 
Bomber - 'B' 1962-Present
 Rockwell B-1A (Lancer) Serial No: 76-174 
Commercial Transport (Germany)
 Junkers Ju 52 (Trimotor) Serial No: T2B-244 
Commercial Transport (USA)
 Piper PA-48 (Enforcer) Serial No: N481PE 
Fighter (France)
 Nieuport N.28C-1 ("28") Serial No: Unknown  
Fighter (Germany)
 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D Serial No: Unknown  
 Focke-Wulf Fw 190D Serial No: unkn0324 
 Messerschmitt Me-109G (Gustav) Serial No: Unknown 
 Messerschmitt Me-262A-1a (Schwalbe) Serial No: Unknown 
Fighter (Japan)
 Kawanishi N1K-2J (Shiden Kai) Serial No: 5312  
Fighter (UK)
 De Havilland D.H.98 (Mosquito) Serial No: RS709 
 Hawker HurricaneMKIIa Serial No: Unknown  
 Sopwith F.1 (Camel) Serial No: Unknown  
 Supermarine SpitfireMk XI Serial No: PA908 
 Supermarine SpitfireMk XVI Serial No: PA908  
 Supermarine SpitfireMk XVIE Serial No: TE330  
Fighter (USSR)
 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F (Fishbed) Serial No: 560-301 
 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MLD (Flogger) Serial No: Unknown 
 Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-15 (Fagot) Serial No: 2015357 
 Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-17 (Fresco C) Serial No: 799 
 Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-19S (Farmer-C) Serial No: 0138 
Fighter - 'F' 1948-Present
 Convair F-102A (Delta Dagger) Serial No: 56-1416 
 Convair F-102A (Delta Dagger) Serial No: 58-787 
 Convair F-106A (Delta Dart) Serial No: 58-787 
 Convair F-106A (Delta Dart) Serial No: 58-0787 
 General Dynamics EF-111A (Raven) Serial No: 66-6057 
 General Dynamics F-111A (Aardvark) Serial No: 67-067 
 General Dynamics F-111F (Aardvark) Serial No: Unknown 
 Lockheed F-104C (Starfighter) Serial No: 56-914 
 Lockheed F-80C (Shooting Star) Serial No: 49-696 
 Lockheed F-94A (Starfire) Serial No: 49-2498 
 Lockheed F-94C (Starfire) Serial No: 50-980 
 McDonnell F-101B (Voodoo) Serial No: 58-325 
 McDonnell RF-101C (Voodoo) Serial No: 56-166 
 McDonnell XF-85 (Goblin) Serial No: 46-523 
 North American F-100C (Super Sabre) Serial No: 54-1753 
 North American F-100D (Super Sabre) Serial No: 55-3754 
 North American F-107A Serial No: 55-5119 
 North American F-82B (Twin Mustang) Serial No: 44-65168 
 North American F-86A (Sabre) Serial No: 49-1067 
 North American F-86D (Sabre) Serial No: 50-477 
 North American F-86H (Sabre) Serial No: 53-1352 
 Northrop F-89J (Scorpion) Serial No: 52-1911 
 Republic F-105D (Thunderchief) Serial No: 60-0504 
 Republic F-105G (Thunderchief) Serial No: 63-8320 
 Republic F-105G (Thunderchief) Serial No: unkn0406 
 Republic F-84E (Thunderjet) Serial No: 50-1143 
 Republic F-84F (Thunderstreak) Serial No: 52-6526  
 Republic XF-91 (Thunderceptor) Serial No: 46-880 
 Republic YRF-84F (Thunderflash) Serial No: 49-2430 
Fighter - U.S. Air Force 'F' 1962-Present
 General Dynamics F-16A (Fighting Falcon) Serial No: 81-0663 
 General Dynamics F-16A (Fighting Falcon) Serial No: 75-0745 
 Lockheed F-117A (Night Hawk) Serial No: 79-1781  
 Lockheed YF-12A Serial No: 60-6935 
 Lockheed YF-22A Serial No: 87-0700 
 McDonnell-Douglas F-15A (Eagle) Serial No: 72-0119  
 McDonnell-Douglas F-15A (Eagle) Serial No: 76-027 
 McDonnell-Douglas F-4B (Phantom II) Serial No: 151424 
 McDonnell-Douglas F-4C (Phantom II) Serial No: 64-0829 
 McDonnell-Douglas F-4G (PHANTOM II) Serial No: 69-7263 
 McDonnell-Douglas RF-4C (Phantom II) Serial No: 64-1047 
 McDonnell-Douglas YF-4E (Phantom II) Serial No: 62-12200 
 Northrop YF-5A (Freedom Fighter) Serial No: 59-4989 
General Reconnaissance (Germany)
 Junkers Ju 88D Serial No: Unknown 
General Utility - 'J' 1931-1955
 Grumman J2F-6 (Duck) Serial No: 33587 
Helicopter - 'H' 1948-Present
 Bell UH-13J (Sioux) Serial No: 57-2728 
 Kaman HH-43B (Huskie) Serial No: 60-263 
 McDonnell XH-20 Serial No: 46-689 
 Piasecki (Vertol) CH-21B (Shawnee) Serial No: 51-15857 
 Sikorsky UH-19B (Chickasaw) Serial No: 52-7857  
 Sikorsky UH-19B (Chickasaw) Serial No: 52-7587 
 Sikorsky YH-5A (Dragonfly) Serial No: 43-46620 
Helicopter - 'H' 1962-Present
 Bell UH-1P (Iroquois) Serial No: 64-15476 
 Sikorsky CH-3E Serial No: 63-9676 
Liaison - 'L' 1942-1962
 Aeronca L-3B (Grasshopper) Serial No: 42-36200 
 Piper L-4A (Grasshopper) Serial No: 42-36446 
 Piper L-4A (Grasshopper) Serial No: 42-36790  
 Ryan L-17A (Navion) Serial No: 47-1347 
 Stinson L-1A (Vigilant) Serial No: 41-19039  
 Stinson L-5 (Sentinel) Serial No: Unknown  
 Taylorcraft L-2M (Grasshopper) Serial No: Unknown  
Messenger - 'M' 1919-1924
 Verville-Sperry M-1 (Messenger) Serial No: Unknown  
Observation, Amphibian - 'OA' 1925-1947
 Loening OA-1A Serial No: 26-431  
Observation - 'O' 1924-1942
 Curtiss O-52 (Owl) Serial No: 40-2763 
 Douglas O-38F Serial No: Unknown  
 Douglas O-46A Serial No: 35-179  
 North American O-47B Serial No: 39-112 
Observation - 'O' 1962-Present
 Cessna O-1G (Bird Dog) Serial No: 51-11917 
 Cessna O-2A (Skymaster) Serial No: 67-21331  
Patrol Bomber - 'PB' 1935-1962
 Consolidated PBY-5A (Catalina) Serial No: 46595 
Pioneer (Pre WW-I) (USA)
 Wright 1909 (Military Flyer) Serial No: Unknown  
 Wright 1911B (Flyer) Serial No: Unknown  
Primary Trainer - 'PT' 1925-1947
 Consolidated PT-1 (Trusty) Serial No: Unknown  
 Fairchild PT-19A (Cornell) Serial No: Unknown  
 Fairchild PT-26 Serial No: Unknown 
 Ryan PT-22 (Recruit) Serial No: 41-15721  
 Ryan YPT-16 (STA) Serial No: Unknown 
 Stearman PT-13D (Kaydet) Serial No: 42-17800  
Pursuit - 'P' 1925-1947
 Bell P-39Q (Airacobra) Serial No: 44-3887 
 Bell P-59B (Airacomet) Serial No: 44-22650 
 Bell P-63E (Kingcobra) Serial No: 43-11728 
 Boeing P-12E Serial No: 31-559  
 Boeing P-26A (Pea-Shooter) Serial No: REPR0001 
 Curtiss P-36A (Hawk) Serial No: Unknown  
 Curtiss P-40E (Warhawk) Serial No: Unknown  
 Curtiss P-6E (Hawk) Serial No: Unknown  
 Fisher (GM) P-75A (Eagle) Serial No: 44-44553  
 Lockheed P-38L (Lightning) Serial No: Unknown  
 Lockheed P-80R (Shooting Star) Serial No: 44-85200 
 Lockheed XP-80B (Shooting Star) Serial No: 44-85200 
 North American P-51D (Mustang) Serial No: 44-74936 
 Northrop P-61C (Black Widow) Serial No: 43-8353 
 Republic P-47D (Thunderbolt) Serial No: 42-23278 
 Republic P-47D (Thunderbolt) Serial No: 45-49167 
 Seversky P-35A Serial No: 36-0404  
Reconnaissance - 'R' 1962-Present
 Lockheed SR-71A (Blackbird) Serial No: 64-17976 
Research - 'X' 1948-Present
 Bell X-1B Serial No: 48-1385  
 Bell X-5 Serial No: 50-1838 
 Bensen X-25A Serial No: 68-10770 
 Douglas X-3 (Stiletto) Serial No: 49-2892 
 Grumman X-29A Serial No: 82-003 
 Martin-Marietta X-24A Serial No: 66-13551 
 Martin-Marietta X-24B Serial No: 66-13551 
 North American X-10 Serial No: GM19307 
 North American X-15A-2 Serial No: 56-6671 
 Northrop X-4 Serial No: 46-677 
 Ryan X-13A (Vertijet) Serial No: 54-1620 
Rotary Wing (Helicopter) - 'R' 1941-1947
 Sikorsky R-4B (Hoverfly) Serial No: 43-46506  
 Sikorsky R-6A (Hoverfly) Serial No: 43-45379  
Scout (UK)
 Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5e Serial No: Unknown  
Staff Transport (Germany)
 Fieseler Fi 156C (Storch) Serial No: Unknown  
Trainer / Utility Transport (UK)
 De Havilland D.H.89 (Dominie) Serial No: nr695 
Trainer - 'T' 1948-Present
 Beech T-34A (Mentor) Serial No: 53-3310 
 Cessna T-37B (Tweet) Serial No: 57-2289  
 Cessna T-41C (Mescalero) Serial No: 65-5251 
 Lockheed NT-33A (SHOOTING STAR) Serial No: 51-4120 
 Lockheed T-33A (Shooting Star) Serial No: 53-5974 
 North American T-28A (Trojan) Serial No: 49-1494 
 North American T-28B (Trojan) Serial No: 140048 
 North American T-39A (Sabreliner) Serial No: 62-4478  
 North American T-6G (Texan) Serial No: 50-1279  (* In Storage *)
 Northrop T-38A (Talon) Serial No: 65-10441  
Training Glider - 'TG' 1941-1947
 Schweizer TG-3A Serial No: 42-52988  (* In Storage *)
Transport Glider - 'CG' 1941-1947
 Waco CG-4A (Hadrian) Serial No: 45-27948 
Transport - 'C' 1925-1962
 Beech C-45H (Expeditor) Serial No: 210893 
 Beech UC-43 (Traveler) Serial No: Unknown  
 Boeing KC-97L (Stratofreighter) Serial No: 52-2630 
 Boeing NKC-135A (Stratotanker) Serial No: 55-3123 
 Cessna LC-126A Serial No: 49-1949 
 Cessna UC-78B (Bobcat) Serial No: 42-71626 
 Convair C-131D (Samaritan) Serial No: 55-301 
 Curtiss C-46D (Commando) Serial No: 44-78018 
 Douglas C-124C (Globemaster II) Serial No: 52-1066 
 Douglas C-133A (Cargomaster) Serial No: 56-2008 
 Douglas C-39A Serial No: 38-515  
 Douglas C-47D (Skytrain) Serial No: 43-49507  
 Douglas C-47D (Skytrain) Serial No: 43-49597 
 Douglas C-54C (Skymaster) Serial No: 42-107451  
 Douglas VC-118 (Liftmaster) Serial No: 46-505 
 Douglas VC-54C (Skymaster) Serial No: 42107451 
 Fairchild C-119J (Flying Boxcar) Serial No: 51-8037 
 Fairchild C-123K (Provider) Serial No: 56-4362 
 Fairchild C-82A (Packet) Serial No: 48-481 
 Fairchild C-82A (Packet) Serial No: 48-581 
 LTV XC-142A Serial No: 65-5924 
 Lockheed AC-130A (Hercules) Serial No: 54-1630 
 Lockheed AC-130A (Hercules) Serial No: 54-1626 
 Lockheed C-60A (Lodestar) Serial No: 43-16445 
 Lockheed EC-121D (Super Constellation) Serial No: 53-555 
 Lockheed VC-121E (Super Constellation) Serial No: 53-7885 
 Lockheed VC-140B (JetStar) Serial No: 61-02492 
 Noorduyn UC-64A (Norseman) Serial No: 44-70296 
 Northrop YC-125B (Raider) Serial No: 48-626 
Transport - 'C' 1962-Present
 Beechcraft VC-6A (King Air) Serial No: 66-7943 
 De Havilland Canada C-7A (Caribou) Serial No: 62-4193 
Undesignated Aircraft - '!UND' 1909-1919
 Curtiss D Serial No: Unknown  
 Curtiss JN.4D (Jenny) Serial No: Unknown  
 Spad VII Serial No: Unknown  
 Spad XVI Serial No: Unknown  
 Standard J-1 Serial No: Unknown  
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - 'Q' 1962-Present
 Lockheed D-21B Serial No: Unknown 
Utility Transport (UK)
 De Havilland DH-4 Serial No: N489  
Utility Transport (USA)
 Fairchild 24-C Serial No: N16817 
Utility - 'U' 1952-Present
 Cessna U-3A Serial No: 58-2124  
 De Havilland Canada U-6A (Beaver) Serial No: 51-16501 
 Grumman HU-16B (Albatross) Serial No: 51-5282 
 Helio U-10D (Super Courier) Serial No: 66-14360  
 Lockheed U-2A Serial No: 56-6722  
Utility - 'U' 1952
 Aero Commander U-4B Serial No: Unknown 
V/STOL - 'V' 1956-Present
 Hawker XV-6A (Kestrel) Serial No: 64-18262 
 North American (Rockwell) OV-10A (Bronco) Serial No: 68-3787 
[Not yet classified]
  AQM-34N Serial No: Unknown  
  S_4C Serial No: Unknown  

 

Reviews / Comments by our visitors
 Carolyn
 , Indiana

The museum was great but way too dark. I could not see a thing, and certainly could not read things! A great disappointment in that regard. Loved the content, but wish I could see it.
05/23/2014 @ 09:07 [ref: 55609]
 Dave
 , New York

I'm surprised no one mentioned the R&D and Presidential display. Where else can you come close (and touch, if no one is looking) to an X plane ? Walk thru where Kennedy's body got shipped back. First class place !!
11/26/2012 @ 01:15 [ref: 55351]
 Msgt. Chuck Hoeppner, Ret.
 Indian Head, Maryland

I am seraching for the present location and disignation of my old C-135. This aircraft was C-135B,WC,VC, for the Det. 1 of the old 89th MAW at Hickam. We have the other Det aircraft, 61-2671, 60-376, 62-24129 but can not locate 61-2668. Three WC-135B's wer converted into VC-135C's in the late 70's. 671 is at Tinker on display and 669 (former Speckled Trout) is now registered on DM's data base. But, no knowledge of 668?? We know that 129 went to OFF as a TC-135R did 668 also end up there as well ?? Any assistance of this would help. Our serach can be traced on FaceBook as FOD (Freinds of the Det.) I only rated you 4 stars because of the in-consistancies you have on the B-58, 458. Sorry.
06/21/2011 @ 07:33 [ref: 17900]
 Al Newlin
 , Kansas

Of course it is a really great collection, but too dark to see and definitely too dark to photograph. They seem to be trying for some dramatic lighting effect. Some of the restorations were poorly done with crude attempts at metal work that looked like they faked it with aluminum foil.
11/21/2010 @ 20:37 [ref: 11815]
 Chris Anderson
 Las Vegas, Nevada

I first walked into this museum in 1970 when I was enlisted in the Air Force. It has grown considerably over the years since it was in it's old location in Fairborn. Today it is the most remarkable air museum I have ever been in and I have been to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum twice. This museum beats it in my opinion because of the variety and scope of the collection. I also enjoy the stories included on the displays more because they are more easily read. A first class job all the way.
11/14/2010 @ 23:11 [ref: 11795]
 Nick vanderDussen
 Nanaimo, British Columbia

The best. A must visit everytime i'm in the neighbourhood which is not often enough. Sadly enough I moved to the otherside of the continent which reduces my chances too visit. Picture taking is difficult because of the low light levels. Flash is useless so you will need to make time exposure shots and hope nobody walks in front of the camera. Fortunately I have been able to get a decent collection of photographs over time thanks to digital cameras.
11/12/2010 @ 23:08 [ref: 11789]
 Ken
 , New York

The museum has a great collection and a great book store. The problem of lighting is major. Even if you use flash, the pictures do not come out that well. I think that the use of skylight for some outdoor lighting might help.
09/12/2010 @ 06:54 [ref: 10788]
 Scott Ferguson
 fairfield, Ohio

I think the last few reviews have hit the lighting problem on the head. The only reason for putting exhibits in low light levels are for dramatic lighting, or too cheap to put uv protected glass on the display cases. I've been going to this museum for over 20+ years and have seen it evolve and decline in it's exhibits. It's not world class like the Paris museum, or the Duxford museum. Go to the Air & Space museum to see how it's supposed to be done. I'm frustrated by exhibits done wrong like .50 cal guns in most of the WWI aircraft(.30 cal is correct). Look closely at almost every exhibit and you'll see mistakes. Winter uniforms in the Caproni bomber display instead of summer,most display aircraft are missing wiring; some are missing engines that are in storage. If it didn't fly into W-P it isn't restored. The crowning glory of lazy exhibits is the Norway "Carpetbagger" display. Did we really drop non-functional weapons to them to fight the Germans? The bolt is missing in the SMLE rifle. Has been for almost 10 years. This could be a world class aviation museum with a new direction. Don't just throw it together, restore it like the Smithsonian does. Please take some pride in your work if you're going to call yourself "The keepers of their memories"
03/15/2010 @ 10:58 [ref: 9299]
 MR Roger W. Barbour JR
 LEXINGTON, Kentucky

since 2005 the United States Air Force Museum has be called the National Museum of the United States Air Force
01/06/2010 @ 14:36 [ref: 9218]
 Mike Minnick
 , Maryland

what a fantastic place. i live near both the air and space and udvar-hazy museums, and this beats both.
12/03/2009 @ 13:01 [ref: 9182]


 

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