National Museum of The United States Air Force

Get a sweeping view of Air Force and military aviation progress at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the largest and oldest museum of its kind in the world.

You’ll discover more than 400 aircraft and aerospace vehicles on display, many rare and one-of-a-kind. In addition, you’ll find thousands of historical aviation artifacts, along with powerful sensory exhibits that bring military aviation history to life.

Start at the Early Years Gallery that takes you from the Wright brothers up to the early 1940s. Aircraft on display include a rare SPAD XIII, Caproni CA 36 bomber and a MB-2 bomber. The Air Power Gallery showcases the heroism of World War II, where you can view a Doolittle Raiders’ exhibit featuring a B-25B, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, and other rare WWII-era aircraft.

At the Modern Flight Gallery, you’ll see aircraft of the Korean and Vietnam wars such as the F-86A and B-52. The Cold War Gallery puts you face-to-face with the F-117 stealth fighter, A-10 “Warthog” and B-2 stealth bomber. You’ll find an array of space-launch vehicles and Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles on display at the Missile and Space Gallery.

In June 2016, the museum will open its fourth building, which will house the Global Reach, Presidential, Research and Development and Space galleries. These galleries will house some of the world’s most iconic aircraft, including the “Air Force One” Boeing 707 that served every U.S. president from Kennedy to Clinton, the XB-70A Valkyrie, and a complete Titan IVB space rocket. A Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for the weekend of June 11-12. Click on this link to download the Grand Opening flyer (PDF file).

What’s more, you can take in the thrills of the IMAX Theatre, as well as the Morphis MovieRide Theatre that simulates the sensation of flying in a fighter jet. And be sure to visit the gift shop/bookstore and cafeteria.

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