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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton

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Home to more than 360 aircraft and missiles, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the museum houses a long list of aircraft and artifacts of historical and technological significance. See missiles, fighters, one-of-a-kind test planes, and bombers, including the plane that dropped the Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. Don't miss the museum's collection of presidential planes, including those used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon. Wear comfortable walking as 92,900 sq m (1 million sq ft) of exhibits span three hangars. Some exhibits are outside, so dress appropriately for the season. Our Dayton travel itinerary maker makes visiting National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and other Dayton attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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TripAdvisor
  • Awesome museum for airplane enthusiasts presented in a well designed layout. Airplane History from the beginning to current stealth technology, includes President planes. A wonderful day long experien...  more »
  • I am not airplane guy but found the museum to be one of the most interesting I have ever visited. Especially interesting is the chronological order in which the displays are presented showing the prog...  more »
  • So much aircraft! We were there 2 hrs Thurs and 4 hrs Friday, with g-kids, ages 9-14. The kids enjoyed the experience. The lines for virtual flights etc. were too long for the kids and us to wait. Vol...  more »
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  • Great place to spend one day, or four days! So many things for young children to older adults to enjoy. It is a free museum. I have been there several times and each time I see something I didn't notice before. Almost every weekend there are fun free demonstrations and events for all ages.
  • Full of historically significant aircraft. Takes several hours to see them all. Each item accompanied by a full description. Ranges from beginning of flight to stealth fighter and predator drone. Some incredible displays such as aviators part in liberating nazi prison camps & bomber that leveled Nagasaki. Did I mention it's free?
  • Great museum! It's one that I could go to several times and learn new things each time. It's massive and amazing. They do a great job demonstrating the history of flight. And I love that it's free! Google said that the average person takes about 2.5 hours in the museum but I needed much more. Maybe 2.5 would be sufficient if you didn't read anything.
  • Amazing one of a kind airplanes. You get to see legendary aircraft like the x-15. Can't say enough good things about this museum. It would take a dedicated aviation fan several days to go through slowly enough to absorb the details of what is there.
  • Quite simply -- an Amazing museum for history or aviation fans. I work nearby, but hadn't been through the new 4th hangar yet so when family was in town, I showed them around. The National Museum of the Air Force is bright, well lit, handicap accessible and has great helpers. Do not think you can just "pop" in and see everything. On my last visit we rushed due to time constraints, and saw major planes and displays and it still took us 3 hours. Really going through and seeing the stories can take a full day or multiple days depending on how in-depth you are about a section of the museum. They have planes, airships, missles, space vehicles, space capsules, experimental planes, and presidential planes. And yes these are the genuine article... not a mock up or copy... so you see planes that fought actual missions, carried actual presidents (including the body of JFK from Texas), or went to the moon. Check it out. Please... you will be glad you did.