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    Planes, Planes and More Planes!

    by kdoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Wright Patterson Air Force Base is home to one of the largest collections of military aircraft I have ever seen. While it does not have the historic planes that the Smithsonian can boast to having, the WPAFB Museum has diversity and volume. Best of all, admission is free!

    The walk through the museum is divide up by time periods, although they also have a special wing just for missiles. You will not want to miss the Stealth planes which are there, nor the Presidential Aircraft exhibit, which includes the plane that flew JFK's body back from Dallas. You can stand in the spot where LBJ took office or where Jackie O watched him, almost in tears. The connection with history is up close, and personal on this plane.

    Kids will not be disappointed either. There are plenty of hands on exhibits, bombs to touch and planes to get inside of, and an IMAX theatre. And best of all, there is Astronat Ice Cream in the Gift Shop!

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    IMAX Theater at National Museum of the USAF

    by Tugboatguy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The IMAX Theater is not to be missed on your trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This is a three-dimensional visual and audio experience with seating for 500 in a SIX STORY theater without a bad seat in the house. We chose seats in about the center of the theater and the center of the six-story high screen. The IMAX experience, and it truly is an experience, is enhanced by six channel digital sound. Think stereo? Folks, the digital audio is waaay beyond stereo!

    Five theater program choices were available the day we attended:"Dolphins" for the kids-you will feel you are swimming right along with them-shown twice a day, "Amazon"-a journey of discovery of the Amazon's wonders, inhabitants and remarkable healing powers-shown once a day, The Magic of Flight", soar through the history of flight from the Wright Brothers to the dramatic high-speed aerobatics of the Blue Angels-shown once a day, "Straight Up, Helicopters in Action", travel with helicopter crews as they respond to real-world needs-including a high-sea rescue, a drug bust, humanitarian aid and land and sea military maneuvers-shown twice a day, and "Fighter Pilot-Operation Red Flag", the USAF in action as the latest fighters, bombers, and other aircraft tear up the Nevada desert at Red Flag, the air combat readiness training for all allied air forces around the world-shown three times a day.

    Being all aircraft pilots, we attended "Fighter Pilot-Operation Red Flag" and were thrilled with the specter of being right in the middle of the flying action-stupendous realism and you could almost feel the aerobatic g forces at near-mach speeds!

    My senior ticket price was $6, and well worth it. Plan on attending one of the shows at IMAX during your tour of the museum. For show times and prices, contact the IMAX Theater at the number below. IMAX has something for everyone, from toddlers to seniors.

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    The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

    by kdoc13 Updated May 11, 2004

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    A kids museum!

    This is a cool place for kids or adults who like to act like kids. I take dates here, they just don't get it.

    The exhibits change from time to time, but a lot of it is hands on science based stuff. They have a perigrene falcon on hand, laser shows, and The Hall... of the Universe! Seriously, put you hands on your hips like superman standing and say it in a deep, thundering and inquisical voice with me... "The Hall... of the Universe!" See, its already fun!

    The hours and things to do are on the web page, I highly reccomend you check it out.

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    The Wright Brothers Memorial

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    In 1924, the Dayton Air Service Committee acquired Tate Hill, as part of the 4,500 acres it donated to the U.S. Government for the creation of Wright Field. The hill was set aside for a memorial honoring the Wright Brothers.

    Through the combined efforts of the Miami Conservancy District, the Wilbur and Orville Wright Memorial Commission, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the U.S. National Park Service, the memorial and surrounding park, renamed Wright Brothers Hill, were designed and constructed by the Olmsted Brothers architectural firm. Orville Wright and several of the 119 students he taught to fly on the Huffman Prairie Flying Field were present for the August 19, 1940 (Orville's 69th birthday) dedication ceremony.

    In 1974, the site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places due to several prehistoric Adena Indian mounds adjacent to the memorial. Bronze tablets commemorate the mounds, Wright Field's history, and list the students the brothers trained on the Huffman Prairie. The Miami Conservancy District transferred the park and memorial to the Air Force in 1978 as part of the 75th anniversary of powered flight. A display case near the stone wall overlooking Huffman Dam illustrates the history of Huffman Prairie and the Memorial.http://www.ascho.wpafb.af.mil/BUILDINGS/memorial.HTM

    The Wright Brothers Memorial is open daily during daylight hours. c*

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    If you love aviation...

    by Voyageuse30 Written Jan 30, 2004

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    ...you should definitely try to catch the annual Dayton Air & Trade Show, held at the Dayton Int'l Airport every July.

    Being that Dayton is the Birthplace of Aviation, it really goes all-out for its airshows. There's always an aerial demonstration team featured, such as the Air Force Thunderbirds or the Navy Blue Angels, and there are plenty of static displays.

    The aerial demonstrations are incredibly fun to watch. I have to admit, I love jets and aviation, so I love going to the Air Show in Dayton!

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    Largest military aviation museum in the world!

    by Voyageuse30 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You could spend all day (and then some) in this huge collection of jets and biplanes and spacecraft and all sorts of aviation memorabilia (there are more than 300 aircraft and missiles on display) .

    The museum follows the history of aviation through the very early days up to the present.

    With a reservation (and photo ID), you can even walk through Presidential aircraft (including the one in which President Johnson was sworn in right after JFK's assassination).

    The admission for this awesome museum is FREE!

    There is a cafeteria, gift shop, and an awesome book store on the premises.

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    Aviation Heritage Center

    by Jim_Eliason Written Nov 28, 2003

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    Next to the Wright Brothers bicycle shop is this visitor's center and museum dedicated to Dayton's most famous residents and contemporaries, the Wright Brothers and African American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar.

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    Presidential Gallery

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    Special requirements to see this section and this is straight from the web sight.

    The Presidential and Research & Development/Flight Test Galleries, located on the active part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are accessible using the shuttle bus service from the main museum complex. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early as buses fill up quickly!

    Buses are not handicapped accessible. 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 vehicle to visit the Presidential and R&D/Flight Test Galleries.

    Note: A current government-issued photo ID (i.e. state ID or driver's license) is required for citizens of the U.S. and U.S. territories over age 18. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (a NEXUS card is an acceptable form of ID for Canadian citizens). Those under age 18 must be escorted by an adult (one adult per two children); children are not required to produce identification when accompanying their parents.


    Hours of Operation

    The Presidential and R&D Galleries are now operating on the following schedule. On weekdays, buses leave the museum every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. On weekends and holidays, buses leave the museum every 45 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Participants must attend a briefing 15 minutes before their bus departs the museum. For those with base access, the galleries will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily (use Gate 1B on week days and Gate 19B on weekends).

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    BOB HOPE: 50 YEARS OF HOPE

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    Note: This exhibit is located in Kettering Hall.

    I know I come the baby boomers generation and our children may not know who he was, but we do. He entertained our men and women of the U.S. Air Force and the other services at home and overseas, in peace and in war for over 50 years. I grew up watching his movies and always enjoyed them. This exhibits is a tribute to a generous man who often was not even home during the holidays because he was wanted our men and women not be alone during the difficult holidays seasons from being so far away from their own families. Thanks Bob for the Memories and I salute you!!!

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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    Early Years Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    This is part of National Museum of The United State Air Force. We took so many pictures I wanted to share the wonderfully done exhibits of this fantastic museum. Its part of the Early Years chronicled through the World War I and to the lead up to World War II era.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices

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    Air Power Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    This is a wonderful collection of aviation that represents how courageous our men and women were to contribute to aviation history. The Air Power Gallery houses one of the world's top collections of World War II aircraft, campaigns and the outstanding individuals of U.S. Army Air Forces' both of the Pacific and European Theaters.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.5b

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    Modern Flight Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    The Modern Flight Gallery gives visitors a glimpse of how aviation began to change dramatically during the Korean War area. These exhibits are examples during the Southeast Asia War and the Air Force's involvement in the war with key campaigns such as Operation Rolling Thunder and Operation Linebacker I and II.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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    Cold War Gallery

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    This is the Eugene W. Kettering Cold War Gallery that has many aircraft that represent the Cold War era and how the advanced technological achievements changed aviation. The consist of a broad range of fighters, long-range bombers, attack aircraft, reconnaissance, heavy airlift and including the world's only permanent display of a B-2 stealth bomber.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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    R&D Gallery

    by Yaqui Written Mar 14, 2010

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    Special requirements and this is straight from the web site:

    The Presidential and Research & Development/Flight Test Galleries, located on the active part of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are accessible using the shuttle bus service from the main museum complex. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early as buses fill up quickly!

    Buses are not handicapped accessible. 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 vehicle to visit the Presidential and R&D/Flight Test Galleries.

    Note: A current government-issued photo ID (i.e. state ID or driver's license) is required for citizens of the U.S. and U.S. territories The Presidential and R&D Galleries are now operating on the following schedule. On weekdays, buses leave the museum every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. On weekends and holidays, buses leave the museum every 45 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Participants must attend a briefing 15 minutes before their bus departs the museum. For those with base access, the galleries will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily (use Gate 1B on week days and Gate 19B on weekends).over age 18. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (a NEXUS card is an acceptable form of ID for Canadian citizens). Those under age 18 must be escorted by an adult (one adult per two children); children are not required to produce identification when accompanying their parents.

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    Air Park

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    This park is located outside near the main museum complex. It features many wonderful aircraft, the World War II 8th Air Force Control Tower and a playground just behind this building.

    Hours:
    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

    Admission:
    Admission to the museum is FREE. There is a charge for the IMAX Theatre. Please visit www.airforcemuseum.com or call (937) 253-IMAX for show times and prices.

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