National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will temporarily close beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020 as a public health precaution in relation to COVID-19.
All events and activities scheduled at the museum have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. The museum will re-evaluate its closure status on a week to week basis and will provide the latest updates on the museum website and social media sites.


Take a Virtual Tour

The virtual tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force allows visitors to take a virtual, 360-degree, self-guided tour of the entire museum by navigating from gallery to gallery either by using a drop-down map or by following navigational arrows connecting the individual nodes. Icons indicate hotspots where the visitor can get additional information such as videos, audio and links to online resources.


Plan a Future Visit

A “MUST SEE!” in Dayton, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum and Ohio’s most visited FREE tourist attraction with over 1 million annual visitors. 


Tour 9 Presidential Aircrafts

The William E. Boeing Presidential Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to view an historic collection of presidential aircraft, and walk through four of them, including aircraft used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower as well as the Boeing VC-137C also known as SAM (Special Air Mission) 26000, which was used by eight presidents -- Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton..

Explore Aviation's Past, Present, and Future

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid 19 acres of indoor exhibit space

Exhibits are arranged chronologically so it’s easy to visit the areas that interest you most. 
  • Examine a Wright Brothers plane 
  • Sit in a jet cockpit 
  • Walk through a NASA shuttle crew compartment trainer 
  • Board and tour four of nine Presidential airplanes including the plane that flew Kennedy's body back from Dallas and upon which Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President.  
  • Stand in awe of the iconic Memphis Belle (permanent exhibit opens May 2018) or the world’s only permanent public display of a B-2 stealth bomber.
Or, take in one of the multiple daily movies at the Air Force Museum Theatre’s new state-of-the-art D3D Cinema showing a wide range of films on a massive 80 foot by 60-foot screen.
Satisfy your hunger at the Museum’s cafeteria (where you can even try out freeze-dried ‘astronaut ice cream!’), or shop for one-of-a-kind aviation gifts in the Museum’s impressive gift shop.
And, just when you didn’t think it couldn’t happen, the best is getting even better!
The newer (opened in 2016) fourth hangar, a 224,000 square foot, climate-controlled building is a dedicated gallery space presenting the Air Force's past, present and future in space and consolidates the presidential and research and development aircraft.  The fourth hangar also houses aircraft such as the C-141C Hanoi Taxi and the C-130E.
1100 Spaatz Street
Gate 28B, enter on Springfield St.
Wright-Patterson AFB
Dayton, Ohio 45433
937-255-3286 Ext. 331
 (937) 255-3286