National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force

Memphis Belle sits nose to nose with Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby in the early evening light at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. (photo by Ken LaRock for USAF)
Aircorps Art Dec 2019


PRESS RELEASE – The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will host a variety of events and exhibits that commemorate the achievements of our nation’s airmen and guardians this year during the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force.

The theme of the anniversary “Innovate, Accelerate, Thrive – The Air Force at 75,” highlights the U.S. Air Force and Department of the Air Force’s commitment to fly, fight and win – delivering airpower anytime, anywhere in defense of our nation.

The museum will commemorate the anniversary by combining events and exhibits that celebrate the achievements of the U.S. Air Force since its inception as well as the continued development of our airmen, guardians, and technology in the years to come.

Scheduled 75th Anniversary events and exhibits include:

  • “A Force for Good – Department of the Air Force Humanitarian Missions” This new permanent exhibit open now in the Global Reach Gallery. A Grand Opening celebration scheduled Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. will include demonstrations, hands-on activities for visitors of all ages, and guest speakers.
  • “From Yesterday to Tomorrow: Celebrating 75 Years of the Department of the Air Force” A new special exhibit opening April 29 in the Cold War Art Gallery will convey the U.S. Air Force’s impact through national defense, and technological and social progress impacting people around the world.
  • New Aircraft Arrival: KC-135, Scheduled for arrival in late April, this aircraft is the first to conduct an aerial refueling between three aircraft connected to each other simultaneously.
  • Mercury-Atlas 9 (Faith 7) Spacecraft Replica, Tentatively scheduled for display in the Missile Gallery this summer.
  • WWII Memorial Exhibit, June 4-6, 2022 A weekend of activities featuring a replica of the Washington D.C. WWII Memorial.  Additional family-friendly activities include a reenactor encampment, fly-overs, and indoor events.
  • Korea Memorial Exhibit, June 25-26, 2022 Visit a replica exhibit of Washington D.C.’s Korean War memorial, hear the living history from museum volunteers sharing the vital role that many of the museum’s aircraft played in this war, and visit the Air Force Museum Foundation Theatre to see Korean War-related movies.
  • Space Celebration, July 30 – Aug 7, 2022 A free and unique Space Celebration offering something for the whole family including guest speakers, space-themed exhibits, simulator rides, a build-and-launch rocket activity, and an After Dark (21+) ticketed event.
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall, August 18-22, 2022 The museum will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Traveling Wall, an 80% replica of the Vietnam Wall bearing the names of more than 58,000 service members killed in Vietnam. As a backdrop for this memorial, the museum will host aerial events, a fly-over, and more.
  • “Panel 44 – 8 Days in March” August 16-Sept 24 Panel 44 is a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial containing the names of 337 American service members who died between March 9 -16, 1968. This 900-pound exhibit will be located inside the 4th building.
  • Air Force Birthday Celebration Weekend, September 17-18 Come celebrate with us! The museum will have events throughout the weekend that include open aircraft, family-centered activities/contests, special veteran speakers, and of course cake!
  • A-1H – Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Skyraider New exhibit highlighting combat search and rescue missions anticipated in fall 2022.

Visit the 75th Anniversary webpage at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/75th-anniversary/ for more information on these events. Events details are subject to change.

For a complete list of all scheduled events at the museum visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

The Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 8, 2015. This aircraft was a predecessor to the world-beating AV-8 Harrier jump jet still in service with several military arms around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)


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