National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton

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Home to more than 360 aircraft and missiles, National Museum of the US 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 US Air Force and many more Dayton attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Dayton trip maker tool.
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  • Happened to be there on an “open cockpit” day and while we waited in line it was well worth it. Even met some nice folks in line. Sooo much to see here especially if your an aviation or history fan...  more »
  • The museum is large and you need more than one day to see it all. The volunteers were great and the fact that they have wheelchairs and scooters for those who need them is a plus (first come first...  more »
  • you will need GPS to get here. Not easy to find but once you get here its worth it. Four BIG Buildings each designated to a different time in Aviation history. You start by being sent to a...  more »
  • Great museum for fans of planes and history. Lots to see, great gift shop, easy to navigate. They have stuff indoors and outdoors and it's so easy to get to. Free to explore, easy pricing on gifts and the movies to add to overall experience. Seeing the Memphis Bell is such a cool opportunity, the displays are gorgeous. Child friendly, and was accessible too (stroller and wheelchair). Highly recommend a stop if you're around the area.
  • Absolutely fantastic. Probably the best museum I can remember going to. I was on a work trip in Cincinnati and unfortunately had only about 90 minutes however it was completely worth the hour drive to get to and I would definitely go back and spend an entire day here given the opportunity. Highly recommended for anyone with even a mild interesting in aviation or history. Truly an amazing experience.
  • This place is awesome, although I a huge fan of planes. I went to visit 3 separate times while in Ohio to see everything. Very big, the volunteers are so sweet and helpful, I enjoyed the movies. They have a really cool space exhibit and flight simulators as well. They had an air show the last day I went. I really enjoyed it. Free to park and free to get in! Don't miss out, check it out!
  • This place is amazing! So many cool and rare aircraft everywhere! If you want to see everything, you'll need more than one day. My wife and I spent a total of about 12 hours in the museum over two days, and saw almost all the aircraft on display indoors. We didn't even get to the outdoor section, and barely had time to glance at all the interesting pieces of support equipment, uniforms, historical artifacts, etc. We're definitely planning to go back!
  • Grab a Red bull and get your walking shoes on. There is plenty to see and read about in those huge hangars. It can be a full day event. Two 3-D movies to check out. A very nice gift shop with something for every type. I wished I had more time to spend there. Especially loved the Memphis Belle. Working air shows for many years, the live of the antique aircraft is fascinating.

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