AF Museum resumes tours


FAIRBORN — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has resumed tours for the Presidential and Research & Development (R&D) Gallery as well as the restoration area.

The Presidential and R&D Galleries, which are located on a controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are accessible using the shuttle bus service from the main museum complex. Eight shuttle buses will be available daily through Sept. 30. The buses will be available at 9:20 a.m.; 9:50 a.m.; 10:35 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.; 1:15 p.m.; 2 p.m.; 2:35 p.m.; and 3:15 p.m.

The shuttle service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and visitors are encouraged to sign up early in the day as buses fill up quickly. A current, government-issued photo ID is required for U.S. citizens over 18, and all foreign visitors must present an original passport. Anyone under 18 must be escorted by an adult. Shuttle buses are not handicapped accessible, and individuals requiring special assistance should contact the museum’s Operations Division in advance at 937-255-3286 to arrange transportation.

Military and Department of Defense civilians with government ID may use their private vehicles to visit the Presidential and R&D Galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information on visiting the Presidential and R&D Galleries is available at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/questions/topic.asp?id=180.

In addition, the Behind the Scenes tours of the museum’s restoration area will run on Fridays from July 10 through Sept. 4.

Advance online registration for these tours can be made at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/tours.asp. Select a date and follow the instructions on the registration form. Registrations also may be made by phone by calling 937-656-9436.

Visitors who have previously registered for a Behind the Scenes tour that was cancelled are encouraged to reregister for a future tour. Those who have already registered for an upcoming summer tour will be contacted by the museum and given an opportunity to remain on their original tours.

As part of Wright-Patterson AFB, the museum follows security measures in accordance with base policy. Museum operations may be affected if those measures change or determinations are made to limit public activities. Please check the museum’s website at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil for the latest information on museum activities.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

This article was submitted by the Museum of the U.S. Air Force.