I recently walked through (for the umpteenth time) the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Formerly known as the Air Force Museum, it is a favorite place to visit and one that I first visited as a child when it was in another location on the base. It has been part of the Dayton landscape since 1923 when it was started on the site of McCook Field, now long closed, located just north of downtown Dayton.
The current facility was initially built and dedicated in 1971 by President Richard M. Nixon. My parents were officially invited to attend the dedication and did so.
If you have never been to the Museum and have the opportunity to go, do so. It contains not just actual restored aircraft dating back to the early 1900’s but moving exhibits of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Holocaust, the Berlin Airlift, the Doolittle Raiders, and many aviation legends as well as some reproductions as some aircraft no longer exist. Some were flown in combat and some are painted after aircraft which were flown by flying legends.
There is also a great gift shop, an IMAX theater, a regular theater, a restaurant and on going speakers and exhibitions. You could spend several days there and see something new.
Here are few photos for those who have been there before but not for a while (it now has three hangars or wings) or who have never been. Enjoy!
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