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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  • This is wonderland for people interested in aviation. There is a lot to explore and learn. The volunteers are very nice to everyone. All the exhibits are well maintained and curated. The one place in Dayton I'd recommend going back to multiple times. Takes a minimum of a day to explore the museum in its entirety. If you are like me then maybe 3 days :-)
  • Fantastic, this is such an incredible display of man's desire to to reach the sky for good and for deterrence. Unfortunately our trip was truncated due to a total base power failure, however what we did see was awesome and we intend to come back to see what we missed. This place is full of eye candy and stirs the emotion & memories of veterans from which ever era they served. This is a whole family attraction as everyone will be looking about as every part is full of air history, you'll gape at the wild and incredible diversity of machines that flew for our country. Even if you're not an air enthusiast, you'll enjoy this special museum.
  • What a wonderful piece of History all together in one building. Don't let the building fool you they have so much stuff to discover inside make sure that you plan enough time to get through all of the exhibits. If you want to be able to go through at a moderate pace and at least be able to look at everything plan and minimum 5 hours or so. However if you want to read all of the placards and signs and tidbits of History throughout the building you can spend much much longer on site. Oh by the way did I mention it's all free!
  • If you have ever looked up into the sky with awe, and definitely if you have ever held a cyclic, collective, yoke, stick, or aircraft throttle this museum is a must see. The collection of former Air Force One aircraft is incredible. The spaceflight collection is a priceless part of our national and planetary heritage. The vintage warplanes can teach many future generations about the hard work required to preserve peace and security.
  • Go 4 or 5 times a year. Always something new to learn each time you go. Free admission and free scooter if you need one to ride instead of walking. Presidents planes and rocket exhibit is great. You can walk through the presidents planes and see what it was like. Definitely a must for any family.

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