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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 did the whole thing in 2 hours as that was all I had but recommend at least 8. It is 8 huge hangers. I think every military airplane ever made is there, even the huge ones. They also have presidents...  more »
  • Although this museum was a four-hour drive (one way) for us, it was well worth it. Parking is free, and there is no admission charge. This museum is well laid out with plenty to look at, read about an...  more »
  • This is by far one of the most outstanding air museums in the country, give yourself a full day to see everything.  more »
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  • Wonderful experience at this museum. The photos on their website do not do it justice. The planes are amazing, the facility is well-maintained, and the placards are informative and interesting. The on-site cafe is reasonably priced (as in, it's not a TOTAL ripoff) and the food is decent. One thing to watch out for: it's dry. They must run dehumidifiers to preserve the planes. I was dying of thirst all day, and my lips were chapped by the end. They don't let you bring your own water, but there's fountains and they sell bottled water in the gift shop. Stay hydrated.
  • Love this museum. It can get very packed on the weekends or when there are special events so keep that in mind but overall it's still worth a visit. They usually add new things here and there. The kids love it and learning the history behind each plane is awesome.
  • Great museums with a large amount of airplanes from all parts of history. I've been here more than 5 times and have not even come close to seeing and reading about half the exhibits. The best thing is: it's free. This museum is the best thing about Dayton, Ohio. Be sure to visit when you're in the area.
  • It's neat. No admission, but they will get you at the gift shop and virtual reality expierence if you choose. I liked looking at all the planes, but I think I was more interested in the rest of it that told of the history. We took our two and almost five year old. Not a place for a bored two year old who wants to run, touch, and ride.
  • The place is great, nonprofit. The number of aircraft and aircraft related artifacts is amazing. All of it is excellently restored. The staff is great and there is so much to see. I probably spent a total of 7 or 8 hours there and I still think I missed some stuff. It's really cool and I hope everyone can get the chance to see it. I didn't take any pictures of the really old stuff because I want everyone to see that in person. It's truly something special.