January 2009 Issue
National Museum of the United States Air Force
While it may be tempting to hide away at home, make sure to get out and explore this winter.
Jennifer Rogers and Kelly Curran
Since the 1920s, the National Museum of the United States Air Force has been dedicated to preserving and presenting the Air Force story; from one-of-a-kind aircraft, personal artifacts, photographs and more, the museum tells the tale of heroism, innovation, war and peace.
With more than 400 aerospace vehicles in 17 acres of indoor exhibit space, the Dayton facility is the largest military aviation museum in the world. A true visual spectacle, there is something that each member of the family will enjoy. Exhibits focus on every era of flight, from the Wright Brothers to present day. Highlights include the Early Years gallery, presenting some of the world’s first planes, the Cold War gallery, the Weapons gallery and the Missile and Space gallery.
Be sure to check out the Warrior Airmen exhibit, which opens on Jan. 13. This interactive exhibit tells the story of airmen in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition to exhibits, the museum holds special events throughout the winter season. On Jan. 22, bring the family for a special appearance by NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson and hear him speak about his 2008 mission to the International Space Station. On Feb. 7, the United States Air Force Band of Flight will perform a “Hearts, Heroes and Heritage” concert.
Finally, make sure to visit for Family Day, held every third Saturday of the month. January’s Family Day features a special lecture and demonstration on boomerang history and competition.
1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB 45433, 937/255-3286. www.nationalmuseum.af.mil