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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  • First time visit, didn't know exactly what to expect, very impressed! First of all, we did not allow enough time for this, you will need an entire day, that's even going to be tough, if you like to st...  more »
  • The WW1/2 area was my favorite! Be prepared to walk... It's about 3 miles or more of walking if you go through the whole museum. They offer tours of the different buildings periodically throughout the...  more »
  • I’m not sure I can add much. It’s overwhelming the number of great things to see. I had not been here since the 4th hanger was added. Having all the exhibits in one area is an improvement. It’s great ...  more »
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  • For anyone even remotely interested in the history of flight this is a must see. Entry and parking are free. I strongly urge anyone visiting to take your time and get there early. If you have the time spend an entire day there, 5 plus hours. Almost every type of aircraft is represented and in some cases the last remaining... What I always take away from seeing the personal exhibits highlighting individual servicemen and servicewomen is that everyone took great pride in their endeavors. There is a heavy atmosphere surrounding WWII and Vietnam. However the museum does a wonderful job imbuing a sense of honor and reverence for those who served and the numerous aircraft / vehicles that made history. Being able to get up close and personal to a A10 warthog and not one but TWO blackbirds is a great experience for young and old. All this being said, this place is massive. Wear comfortable shoes and don't forget to look UP! Wheelchair accessible and plenty of restrooms spaced throughout. There are two cafe areas inside but no food or drink is allowed in the museum. Be forewarned though if you have children, you enter and exit through the gift shop.
  • Great place to visit if you live airplanes and love the history of aircraft development. It is a great to take kids and for everyone. Be prepare to walk a lot because there are 3 hangars of displays. You can easily spend a whole day here with the stuff to see and do. GREAT MUSEUM AND IT IS FREE!!
  • This place was awesome!! So much information and all of it interesting. Our group spent three hours there and that was definitely not enough time. There were so many hangers with a wide range of planes and artifacts we could have easily spent five hours there without seeing everything! A few of the planes were actually open to walk through so that was really cool seeing the inside. I walked through Air Force One and a space shuttle! Overall really cool experience completely free of charge.
  • Excellent museum. The layout is fantastic with a good flow allowing for a large amount of aircraft and displays without appearing cluttered. Many of the displays had retired Air Force pilots and aircrew next to them who had flown those aircraft and talking to them was a real treat. Depending on how much you want to see and read, you could easily spend days here. The WWII section and presidential aircraft stand out as highlights of a truly fantastic selection. Make the time to stop by. You need at least an hour here, but 2-3 hours would allow you to see most of the displays. Admission is free and it is very family friendly. Don’t bring water, food, knives, guns, etc because you will be turned away. Enjoy!
  • A must see for anyone! If you only have a limited amount of time, take the guided tour of the first hanger. It takes about 1.5 hours but the guides are excellent and super knowledgeable. It’s a great place for kids too. My girls (1 and 3) love visiting and seeing all the planes. Unless you can dedicate an entire day, plan on visiting several times so you can see it all.
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