‘Plane Talks’ Return to The National Museum of The U.S. Air Force in Honor of Veterans Day

Convair B-36J Peacemaker on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)


Visitors are invited to interact with various aviation subject matter experts on Friday, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ‘Plane Talks.’ The presenters will be stationed in the galleries near the aircraft or exhibit that relates to their expertise. Presenters include veterans, active duty, former pilots, crew members, engineers, navigators, and more who can offer first-hand accounts of their related aircraft duties. Learn first-hand about the history of the Air Force and the invaluable role our airmen play in making it all possible.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate Veterans Day with a “Plane Talks” program on Nov. 11 by offering visitors a chance to interact with veterans and subject matter experts. More than 30 veterans will participate including Colonel (Ret.) Frank Alfter, who will speak with visitors about his experience with the F-22 “Raptor.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Aircraft featured for ‘Plane Talks’ are located throughout Southeast Asia War and Cold War Galleries and include the B-52D Stratofortress, UH-1P Iroquois, H-43B Huskie, HH-3E Jolly Green Giant, EC-121D Constellation, A-7D Corsair II, F-4C Phantom, F-105G Wild Weasel, B-2 Spirit, F-89J Scorpion, CV-22 Osprey, A-10A Thunderbolt II, SR-71A Blackbird, B-58A Hustler, and B-36J Peacemaker. *Subject to change.

In 2022 we proudly celebrate 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force. Throughout the year we will host a variety of events and exhibits to share the history of the Air Force and the stories of our airmen with the public. A complete schedule of events and exhibits is available at   https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/75th-anniversary/.

he aircraft on display is painted and marked as it appeared while serving in the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, based at Takhli Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand. The nickname Memphis Belle II refers to the B-17F that carried the same artwork during WWII. The two red stars under the cockpit represent the two MiG kills it claimed during the Southeast Asia War. It arrived at the museum in April 1990.

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 National Museum of the U.S. Air Force with the fourth hangar finally operational. (Photo byThe National Museum of the U.S. Air Force)

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