"National Museum of the United States Air Force" National Museum of the United States Air Force Tip by Tugboatguy

  IMAX Theater on Right-1 Hangar (of 4) on Left
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  • 1903 Wright Flyer-Replica - Dayton
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  • Boeing B-29 "Bockscar" Ended WWII - Dayton
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This impressive museum is located just east of Dayton at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's days. Free admission & parking. Charge only for the IMAX Theater. Welcoming 1.2 million visitors each year, the museum's galleries present military aviation history, boasting over 300 aircraft & aerospace vehicles-many rare & one-of-a-kind, thousands of historical items, & powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright Brothers legacy with today's stealth & precision technology.

Galleries are: Early Years Gallery, Air Power Gallery, Modern Flight Gallery, Cold War Gallery, Missile & Space Gallery, and Presidential & Research & Development/Flight Test Galleries. The National Aviation Hall of Fame is onsite. There is a Memorial Park, IMAX Theater seating 500 & six stories high with several 3-D experiences to choose from-We watched "Fighter Pilot-Operation Red Flag" not to be missed! There is a Morphis MovieRide Theatre, a flight simulator that seats 14 people, to experience the thrill of flying in a jet fighter. A Souvenir Shop/Bookstore and an inexpensive second-floor cafeteria serving good hot or cold food and drinks are on-site within the museum.

Outdoor displays of large aircraft are also not to be missed. A free brochure guides you through the massive hangars. (You could get lost or disoriented without it, as well as missing some entire areas). Please devote several days, if possible to the outstanding displays of aviation history and historic aircraft that include the Boeing B-29 "Bockscar" that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, ending World War II, and the latest aircraft technology in an F-22 vectored-thrust Raptor jet fighter, one of five EMD models made, at cost of billions. Earlier the prior week we had seen the F-22 fly at Oshkosh. You may appreciate the rare Family restrooms, as well as Women's and Men's.

Address: 1100 Spaatz St. W-P AFB, Ohio 45433-7102
Directions: From Dayton take I-70 east: Take exit 44a to I-675s, on I-675s take exit 15-Follow signs to museum.
othercontact: IMAX-(937) 253-IMAX for prices
Phone: (937) 255-3286

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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