What Are Some Features of the National Museum of the USAF?


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The United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is home to one of the world's largest collections of aircraft and features special exhibits, flight simulators and a theater. The museum also offers an online virtual tour, educational tours, military reunions, special event days and aerospace camps for kids.

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The Wright-Patterson facility houses most of the museum's collection, but fully one-third of the collection is on loan to various civilian and military shows and events around the world as of August 2105. The museum features over 360 aircraft and missiles on display. Permanent exhibits include many famous aircraft, such as the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, effectively ending World War II.

Other exhibits include the presidential aircraft of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower as well as the Boeing 707 series that served presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. There are also a pioneers of flight section and a large exhibit of uniforms. Modern, high-tech stealth airplanes, including the B-2 spirit and the F-117 Nighthawk, have a section as well. A 400-seat 3D theater offers museum attendees the latest in viewing quality for various special features.

The museum's flight simulators allow guests to experience aerial combat in state-of-the-art units with flat-panel displays and realistic motion. Participants can choose from a variety of aircraft to fly, including a P-51 Mustang, A-10 Thunderbolts, F- 4 Phantoms and F-16 Fighting Falcons.

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