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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and many more Dayton attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Dayton trip maker tool .
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  • In short, this museum is one of my favorite museums I've been to, period. Yes, I'm an aviation fan, but regardless, this can't be beat. There is almost on overwhelming amount of displays and reading t...  more »
  • We went with our teenaged boy. Had a great time. The museum is huge! Choose what to see. Do take at least one of the guided tours! We will sure come again.  more »
  • A large air museum with lots of aircraft, some of them very large. Self-guided. Bring good walking shoes.  more »
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  • I have been to a few air and space museums including 2 in the DC area. I like this one better. Parking is ample, free, and convenient to walk to the entrance. We spent 6 hours there and did not cover all the areas. The tours are outstanding and highly recommended, to listen to the stories and facts behind the displays. Cafe has good and very reasonably price food. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and sit down every so often to give yourself a rest on the chairs they placed throughout the museum.
  • One of the best free attractions in the country. Free parking. Only the gift shop, theatre, cafes, and simulator rides cost anything. Kids love the hands on items in the hall of fame (please don't touch the aircraft elsewhere! Save them for others to enjoy too). 4 large hangars...will take you days to see it all if you like to stop and read. Don't forget to look up! A lot of aircraft are hanging above your head too. Talk to the older folks volunteering. Some of them flew the very aircraft in the museum 50 years ago! Be sure to visit Wright Brothers Park just a couple miles away. Tip: in the third hangar, look for the F-16 and F-4 cockpits the kids (and you, you know you want too!) can sit in and play with the buttons. Parking lot is long and skinny (it is an old runway). See if you can find the manikin on the wing of his WW 2 plane in his pajamas (read the story).
  • Incredible museum! All the staff were very welcoming and informative. Many of the people working here are volunteers! Thank you for your service! Most of the aircraft displayed has historical significance. Its truly humbling to read and absorb the many displays and artifacts. My sincere thanks to this museum for all we were displayed, and I might add, for no charge. Sincerely, thank you.
  • So fantastic! The planes they have there are amazing, military airplanes are one of my favorite things. The guides and workers were very helpful if you wanted to know some info about the aircraft, and the planes themselves were beautifully restored and maintained, with the exhibits about them being very informative. They were going under renovation in the WWII hall when I visited, so if you plan to go soon, keep that in mind. I would definitely recommend going here for anyone visiting Dayton at all, it is well worth it!
  • This place is huge! So much history and so many actual decommissioned planes. At some museums you may see a picture or a scale model of different planes. Not here! I'm not sure what the square footage is, but if you are the type of person who likes to actually read the museum displays you should plan for at least a whole day (maybe several!). Even if you just walk around without reading everything it will still take you quite a few hours to visually see all this museum has to offer. But the best part is the kind and friendly volunteer staff! Most, if not all, are retirees and have such an amazing wealth of personal knowledge about so many of the things you will see in the museum. They are very friendly, helpful, and just all around wonderful!
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