Bucket List Item: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

October 5th, 2011

Text and Photos by Kevin Wilson

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is on the must-see list if you go to either the NADM event in Hebron, Ohio, or the NHRDA event in Indy.

No trip to central Ohio would be complete without a stop at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Located in Dayton, Ohio, near the Indiana/Ohio state line, the AF Museum is host to more than 300 historic planes, including the “Memphis Belle,” which is undergoing restoration, and “Bock’s Car,” the B-29 that dropped the second nuclear bomb on Japan to end World War II.

There are also two separate hangars on the adjacent Wright Patterson Air Force Base that house experimental aircraft. Among them are the X-15 and several planes that form the presidential fleet—including the 707 that Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in on after the President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

Plan on at least a full day when you get to the museum to see all the galleries. It’s a must for anyone into vintage aircraft and history. To be honest, it makes Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Air and Space Museum look more like a private collection.

This is in the October issue of Diesel World. It is a sidebar to the NADM at National Trail Raceway story.

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One Response to “Bucket List Item: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force”

  1. CorvairJim says:

    My wife and I toured the U.S. Air Force Museum several years ago and I was absolutely fascinated! I have a love for aviation history (My great-great uncle was the first man to successfully land on and take off from the deck of a ship), so I was in awe of the history that surrounded me there. If you have any interest whatsoever in aviation, I can’t recommend the U.S Air Force Museum strongly enough.

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