The Presidential and R&D (research and development) galleries of the National Museum of the United States Air Force will close Oct. 1 in preparation for move their collections to the new, 224,000 square foot fourth building, according to a museum announcement.
The galleries are located in the controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, away from the main museum complex. They are only accessible to visitors by shuttle bus.
The closure is to allow restoration staff to prepare for the relocation by removing aircraft that are suspended from the ceiling, changing and inflating tires, and cleaning and polishing the aircraft.
Relocation to the fourth building will allow all museum visitors the opportunity to view two of its most popular exhibits —the VC-137C Air Force One (SAM 26000), which served eight presidents, and the world’s only remaining XB-70 Valkyrie.
The $35.4 million fourth building, which will also house the new Space and Global Reach Galleries, is being privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered to assist in the development and expansion of the museum’s facilities.
Read the museum’s news release for more information.