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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  • Best museum ever! I appreciate it being free, but am glad they take donations. It is very well done. We just went this weekend, and it was our third trip. It’s a lot of walking, but they have tons of....  more
    Best museum ever! I appreciate it being free, but am glad they take donations. It is very well done. We just went this weekend, and it was our third trip. It’s a lot of walking, but they have tons of....  more »
  • One of the best aircraft museums! You could easily spent two days here. I liked all the old presidential aircrafts. I will definitely visit again. 
    One of the best aircraft museums! You could easily spent two days here. I liked all the old presidential aircrafts. I will definitely visit again.  more »
  • What a great way to see history. You walk from the start of aviation through every era of wars and conflicts where the Air Force has a footprint. Great displays, beautiful aircraft, great way to... 
    What a great way to see history. You walk from the start of aviation through every era of wars and conflicts where the Air Force has a footprint. Great displays, beautiful aircraft, great way to...  more »
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  • One of the best museums I have ever been to, period. The sheer size of it is incredible, spanning 3+ full size hangars. There are so many exhibits covering the early days of flight to modern experimental aircraft. Not only are aircraft featured, but there are plenty of aviation/war related items and heavily detailed descriptions accompanying nearly every piece. If you wanted to thoroughly read about everything in the museum, you would need to go for at least three days. Even taking it all in at a relatively brisk pace will take you an entire day, but it is very worth it. There are several legendary aircraft housed here that make you feel connected to history when you see them. Personally, I loved being able to see a B-2 up close, as it was one plane I haven’t yet been able to see in person. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and can help you learn about anything you have questions about. Free parking and admission is great too. All in all, this is one of the few things I have no problem with my taxpayer dollars going towards! Highly recommended!
  • Amazing place, so much information on aviation history! One can spend a day easily here, walking around different planes and exhibits. Appropriate for small or big group, a family outing or a school visit. You will find a line for simulator rides or flying experience rides. There is a nice garden outside where you can relax after walking inside the museum. There is a plentiful parking space outside the museum. I definitely recommend this museum to visit at least once!
  • Been living here my whole life and just take this place for granted. It is honestly one of the greatest exhibits of aviation. The place is immaculate and it is very well organized. Bring your walking shoes and a stroller. The folks working there are top of the line and genuinely happy to help. It is free, but please feel free to donate to keep it going! Can't wait for our next family outing!
  • This place is awesome and the staff were fairly friendly. It's very difficult to see and explore everything in one day. If you enjoy reading you probably want to spend three full days. The layout is great and the information is very interesting! I highly recommend to people who love airplanes and are interested in flying and/or in WWI and WWII. They also have a retired space shuttle and retired presidential planes.
  • This museum is so freaking large you'd honestly need two days/visits or more to see everything. If you are a speed walker you can zoom through at warp speed and it'll probably take 5 to six hours. My advice is take your time and enjoy everything. All of the planes are amazing, and the missile rotunda should not be missed. All the engines and cool displays are worth the time spent here.

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