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Air Force Museum

The Air Force Museum is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. The main part of the museum is publicly-accessible, but an optional tour of the Presidential and Research and Development Hangars takes the visitor onto the base proper, and requires a special tour bus and the attendant security.

Like the Naval Aviation Museum, the Air Force Museum has renamed itself; when we first visited, it was the "United States Air Force Museum," but some time before October 2006, it was renamed to be the "National Museum of the United States Air Force." We were actually there the day (or one of the days) they were changing the lettering on the front of the museum (although I didn't take any pictures of that; I didn't realize what they were doing at the time).

Google Maps link. The round structure in the northwest is the IMAX theater just inside the main entrance. To the southeast is a hangar cut into two by a hallway; the smaller, southwest portion contains WWI planes ("Early Years Gallery"), while the larger, northeast portion contains WWII planes ("Air Power Gallery"). The next hangar east is the "Modern Flight Gallery," which houses the B-52 and various more modern fighter aircraft (although the walk-through B-29 is located here, as well). The third hangar is the "Cold War Gallery," containing the B-1, B-2, F-17, U-2, B-36, and other Cold War planes. Finally (at least as I write this -- I understand that the museum has plans for yet another hangar!), on the southeast, is the tall "missile silo" (aka "Missile & Space Gallery"). A fair amount northeast of the museum proper is the English air field and the flight line, containing a number of planes for which the museum has no indoor space.

As of now, I have not yet sorted through all of my pictures of the Air Force Museum, but some other page references this location. Thus, this is a "place holder" version right now, with only the pictures actually referenced. Come back some time later to see if I've finished up, or drop me an email to request me to prioritize the rest of these pictures.

 
Air Force Museum
Air Force Museum
Apollo 15
Apollo 15
Apollo 15 (Presidential Hangar)
Apollo 15 (Presidential Hangar)
Gemini MOL
Gemini MOL
Mercury S/C #17
Mercury S/C #17
Gemini Astronaut Maneuvering Unit
Gemini Astronaut Maneuvering Unit
S-3D/LR-79 Engine
S-3D/LR-79 Engine
LR-87 Engine
LR-87 Engine
Missile & Space Gallery
Missile & Space Gallery
Jupiter
Jupiter
Thor
Thor
Titan I
Titan I
Titan II
Titan II
Thor-Agena
Thor-Agena
V-2
V-2
V-2 Engine
V-2 Engine
Cut-Away V-2 Engine
Cut-Away V-2 Engine
V-2 Engine Turbopump
V-2 Engine Turbopump
A/RIA
A/RIA
X-15
X-15
X-1B
X-1B
X-24A
X-24A
X-24B
X-24B
XB-70 Valkyrie
XB-70 Valkyrie
YF-12A
YF-12A
SR-71
SR-71
SR-71 Interior
SR-71 Interior
Stargazer Gondola
Stargazer Gondola
Eighth Air Force Memorial
Eighth Air Force Memorial
English Air Field
English Air Field
B-29 Bock's Car
B-29 Bock's Car
Atom Bomb Little Boy
Atom Bomb Little Boy
Atom Bomb Fat Man
Atom Bomb Fat Man
P-61 Exterior
P-61 Exterior
P-61 Interior
P-61 Interior
C-46 Commando
C-46 Commando
ME-262
ME-262
JB-2 Loon/V-1
JB-2 Loon/V-1
C-47 Skytrain
C-47 Skytrain
Waco CG-4A Glider
Waco CG-4A Glider
Paratrooper
Paratrooper
B-26 Marauder
B-26 Marauder
P-51 Mustang
P-51 Mustang
B-17 Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby
B-17 Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby
B-17 Top Turret
B-17 Top Turret
B-17 Ball Turret
B-17 Ball Turret
Mosquito
Mosquito
P-47 Thunderbolt
P-47 Thunderbolt
B-24 Strawberry Bitch (Exterior)
B-24 Strawberry Bitch (Exterior)
B-24 Strawberry Bitch (Interior)
B-24 Strawberry Bitch (Interior)
Lady Be Good Artifacts
Lady Be Good Artifacts
B-25 Doolittle Raider
B-25 Doolittle Raider
B-18 Bolo
B-18 Bolo
P-82 Twin Mustang
P-82 Twin Mustang
Flight Clothing
Flight Clothing
B-29 Walk-Through
B-29 Walk-Through
F-86 Sabre
F-86 Sabre
B-2 Spirit
B-2 Spirit
B-1B
B-1B
F-117 Nighthawk
F-117 Nighthawk
B-36 Peacemaker
B-36 Peacemaker
Boston Camera
Boston Camera
XF-85 Goblin
XF-85 Goblin
U-2 Dragonlady
U-2 Dragonlady
B-52D Stratofortress
B-52D Stratofortress
Sopwith Camel
Sopwith Camel
Nieuport 28
Nieuport 28
JN-4D Jenny
JN-4D Jenny
DeHavilland DH-4
DeHavilland DH-4
WWI Aviators
WWI Aviators
Minute Man Trainer
Minute Man Trainer
C-130 Hercules
C-130 Hercules