National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton
The US Air Force Museum is a 'must see' for anyone who enjoys airplanes.
HUGE collection of aircraft, including the only XB-70 Valkyrie in existance. They are working on building a 3rd wing to this, so plan on a full day, possibly even more.
The United States Air Force museum located in Dayton is the oldest and largest aviation museum in the world. It is free an open to the public most days of the week from 9 to 5, except for Christmas, New Years day, and Thanksgiving. I recently toured it with my boys. They enjoyed it, but would probably have enjoyed it more if we had gone on one of the family weekends. They were eager to tour the gift shop and got tired of looking at all the planes. Nevertheless, they enjoyed sitting in some of the cockpits of planes set up for that purpose. Older children and adults would enjoy the museum.
The museum houses an extensive display of military planes starting with a reproduction Wright brothers plane through current era planes, such as a Stealth Fighter. Over three hundred aircraft are displayed along with photographs, and other displays. While we were visiting recently, the museum had special exhibits on the Korean War and military prisoners the Nazi’s housed in labor camps during World War II. The museum also has an Omnimax theater, a monument garden, and sponsors special concerts and other events. Nearby, at the Wright-Paterson Air Force base, a special collection of presidential planes including FDR’s plane, Truman’s plane, and the Airforce 1, used by Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon is housed along with experimental planes. President Johnson was sworn in as President following JFK’s assassination on the most recent of these “Air Force One” planes. A free pass is available to view the hanger at Wright Patterson at the Air Force museum. I enjoyed looking inside the Presidential planes, but could not get any photos because of the small space and the plexiglass around the seating compartments.
Visit the United States Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
As is stated my introduction to Dayton, this museum is something that you do not want to miss. Whether you like military aviation or not you will doubtless love this place. It details the entire history of military aviation from WWI through present-day missions. The museum is also massive and will take more than one day to see it all. It also has sections on space flight and presidential aircraft. You can actually tour several different presidents' Air Force One planes. It has famous spy aircraft, pursuit jet fighters, WWI and WWII aircraft, and much, much more for you to enjoy. Another bonus to your visit here is that admission and parking are entirely free - or paid for with your tax dollars; however you choose to look at it.
This is a huge museum featuring military aircraft from a replica of the first Wright flyer to F-22s and F-117s. A must see for any Aviation fan. Best part it's free.
If your an aircraft aficianado then the Air Force Museum in Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton is the place for you
Simply the most comprehensive collection of United States Air Force airplanes and memorabilia. Rivals the Smithsonian and includes a voluminous research floor, IMAX theater and book store.