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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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  • I have to admit that this was better than I expected! The museum is made up of plane hangars with displays inside. It is indoors and air conditioned. The displays are divided into time periods. The fi...  more »
  • This is a very cool and worth the stop museum! My husband and I loved it! There is so much to do and see!! Lots and lots of different types of planes and the guides are very knowledgeable! You do need...  more »
  • First off this is a free attraction in which your kids can run around. There is a lot here, and I only saw about half of the museum in about five hours. It has a lot of planes, and I recommend making ...  more »
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  • They have a lot of amazing airplanes! All of them have historical facts on plaques around them! It is amazing to learn more about how aviation has advanced throughout the years! They also have some pretty cool new planes to look at! The Air Force museum is the most awesome museum I have been to, it helped me learn more about history and see some awesome airplanes! Highly recommended if you haven't been yet, or just want to learn more about American history!
  • Hands down the best museum I have ever been to. So much history in all different areas not just related to aviation. There are definitely very valuable displays available for public consumption. Best of all the admission is free... the only profit made comes from the gift shop and concessions. Donations are also accepted in a small inconspicuous box near the entry to the gift shop.
  • If you like military aircraft, this is a must see museum for you. All the museum staff is very friendly and helpful, except for maybe the gentleman at the security check was a bit unnecessarily rude. Maybe he was having a bad day. I would recommend you get there early 0900 - 0930. It will take at least 4 hours to see the whole museum. I would also recommend taking the guided tours. They are free. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and have a lot of good background stories. One of our guides was a former B52/ F111 navigator. They have a lot of one of a kind aircraft. My favorite is the XB-70 Valkyrie. They also have "Boxcar", the B-29 that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki. The best military air museum I have been to and I have been to quite a few all over the world.
  • Unreal number of aircraft, rockets artifacts from history to present day. Previous Air Force One planes. Too much to list. Could easily spend multiple days if you really want to see everything. I would at least plan to spend a day. Best of all it's free.
  • This place is just BREATHTAKING!! A brilliant place for aviation lovers! From plane history to the advanced jets they have it all. They have both quantity and quality! With various 3D shows this place becomes one great option to visit in the weekend!

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