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B-29 Flying Fortress "Bockscar", which dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on Aug. 9, 1945.
National Museum of the United States Air Force
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1100 Spaatz St Dayton, OH 45433
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and is open 9AM to 5PM seven days a week. The museum is open every day of the year, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission to the museum is free.
The museum is structured in six distinct exhibits: The Early Years, World War II, Korean War, Southeast Asia War, the Cold War, and the Missile and Space Gallery. Each exhibit contains aircraft and informative displays relevant to the gallery. The Early Years exhibits contains exhibits related to the development of the first flying machines and airships. The World War II exhibit features static displays of the B-17, P-51 Mustang, Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero, and the B-29 Bockscar, which dropped the Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945. The Southeast Asia gallery includes a B-52 Stratofortress among other exhibits describing details of the conflict. The Cold War gallery includes a B1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
The museum also includes a Presidential aircraft gallery and a Research & Development gallery. Unfortunately, access to these galleries was unavailable due to the federal government sequestration. This is an ideal place to visit for anyone interested in aviation or military history of the 20th or 21st centuries. It is well worth half a day or more of your time to visit. While limited in scope to United States Air Force history, the museum is of the same quality as the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. In addition to the displays, the museum has an on site cafe and while convenient, the food is limited in variety and somewhat lacking in quality. This is the only reason the museum did not receive a perfect rating.
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7/10/2013 7:16:43 AM
Sounds like a great place to visit. I really enjoy military history so will have to check this place out one day.
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