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 Klarna Trips Dayton trip maker tool.
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It had been more than 10 years since we visited and there have been major changes. We had limited time so spent the morning exploring sections 4 and 3. 4 is brand new. Loved seeing the IBMs. All..... more
It had been more than 10 years since we visited and there have been major changes. We had limited time so spent the morning exploring sections 4 and 3. 4 is brand new. Loved seeing the IBMs. All..... more »
If you are ever near Dayton this museum is a MUST see. Plan all day or more to visit. This museum has incredible exhibits. The staff are lovely and will take all day to explain any of the exhibits.... more
If you are ever near Dayton this museum is a MUST see. Plan all day or more to visit. This museum has incredible exhibits. The staff are lovely and will take all day to explain any of the exhibits.... more »
Likely the best museum I have ever stepped foot in. Took my grandfather, who is a veteran, here for his birthday and it blew our expectations out of the water. We ended up walking 7 miles looking at..... more
Likely the best museum I have ever stepped foot in. Took my grandfather, who is a veteran, here for his birthday and it blew our expectations out of the water. We ended up walking 7 miles looking at..... more »
This place has an incredible amount of information and exhibits. They have free tours that guide you through the history of aviation, presidential planes pre-1970, quite a few real planes and many more items. It was not busy when we arrived and it wasn't busy when we left. They have a cafe on site (Valkyrie cafe) and although I didn't eat there, it seemed like a basic place to grab a quick bite. My four year old kids enjoyed it. We will likely be back when they get a bit older. The staff was incredibly nice. Overall a very pleasant experience.
This is such an awesome museum. They have so many airplanes to look at. If you are an airplane enthusiast set aside at least a whole day to spend here. There is so much history in this museum. They also have some simulators you can try out, those cost money. Be warned, the cafe is very expensive. If you can I recommend eating elsewhere. The gift shop is awesome and has all kinds of cool things to get.
The exhibits are great. I have visited twice before and would come back again to see the exhibits. The parking lot has two electric chargers with four parking spots. The charging is slower than my home charger but is at a decent charging rate of about 30 miles per hour. The food court is expensive. Cost about $50 for one adult and two kids for food and drinks. Most ridiculous is that there is NO water station anywhere in the museum. I understood that water fountains are not safe in this pandemic. However, at least the museum should put water bottle fill stations. Other than staying thirsty, your only option is to visit the cafe and pay $2.75 for a bottle of water. In the cafe, there is NO plastic recycling for the plastic package and the water bottles. As a public institution, the museum should do better on recycling.
Amazing! We spent 4 hours and walked the equivalent of nearly 5 miles. Tons to see! Benches are many and dotted throughout if needed. Loved that some planes you could actually go into especially the Presidential AF 1 planes and cargo plane. We were very disappointed in their Cafe though. High priced for pre-made and kept warm burgers and fries. Very little variety of menu. Our suggestion is pack a lunch and cooler for beverages and eat somewhere in the Memorial garden area in front side of the museum along the parking lot. It has shade and benches and is peacefully beautiful. We will be back and bring the grandsons who will love the simulator rides! If you travel with an RV like we do go to the far right when entering the parking lot then way to the back. Plenty of space when we arrived mid week mid day.
What an incredible place to visit. Still hard to believe that this is free to the public. Came here in 2008, and I believe they have since added a new wing. If you wanted, you could spend 3-4 days in here if you want to read everything. I spent 3.5 hrs which was enough time to enjoy it and not get too burnt out. Arrive early or you'll be walking a long ways in the parking lot. Glad to see so many people enjoying this great place.
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