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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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  • Even if you do not like airplanes, rockets and other things that fly, you will be amazed at all there is here. We arrived shortly after they opened and stayed until they closed and did not see everyth...  read more »
  • So much to see you could spend days here. Love seeing all the Air Force Ones for former presidents. IMAX movies are great. We liked Journey to Space. 
  • There was so many aircraft to see. Four of the largest hangers for the display of aircraft. Planes from many other countries are on display besides those of the United States. An excellent job of fitt...  read more »
  • I have been going to the Air Force Museum since I was a kid (father is retired military) and I've enjoyed seeing them add the additional hangars. Just went to the latest hangar this weekend and they did a nice job. You definitely need a full day or several shorter visits to see the whole museum thoroughly (which is easy since it's free), but it's also easy to just take an hour walk through the hangars if you don't plan on stopping to read anything (it's hard to have that self control. They have some eateries inside but nothing special. They do have an outdoor area if you want to bring your own lunch and have a picnic.
  • 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.
  • No cost to get in! No cost for parking... An awesome museum! You can spend hours and hours in there. My wife loved it! Especially the ability to go on Kennedy's air force one. If you like to read... You'll easily spend all day there. Their guided tours are free and super informative. There were hundreds (not exaggerating) of planes in there. From all eras , experimental, stealth, rockets, helicopters, and very hands on.
  • If you are a fan of military history and aviation, this is a must to visit. The amount of history that helped shaped the 20th century is amazing. It is free to enter so you will want to be sure to arrive early. The museum will reach capacity and not allow anyone else in. It will also take all day if you take your time. Feel free to be apart of the guided tour or wander around at your leasure. I will definitely return again.
  • I've lived in Ohio for 9 years and I have only recently visited the museum. I shouldnt have waited so long!! Has the largest collection of aircraft I have ever seen they have very fun interactive things like sitting in cockpits, walking through planes (including air force one), 360 fighter simulators, and activities for kids and older! Make sure to plan for many hours to see all the exhibits. They've recently opened a new fourth building with many very cool experimental planes, space vehicles and many air force ones. I regret not visiting it sooner and will be back soon
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