Get a sweeping view of Air Force and military aviation progress at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the largest and oldest museum of its kind in the world.
You’ll discover more than 400 aircraft and aerospace vehicles on display, many rare and one-of-a-kind. In addition, you’ll find thousands of historical aviation artifacts, along with powerful sensory exhibits that bring military aviation history to life.
Start at the Early Years Gallery that takes you from the Wright brothers up to the early 1940s. Aircraft on display include a rare SPAD XIII, Caproni CA 36 bomber and a MB-2 bomber. The Air Power Gallery showcases the heroism of World War II, where you can view a Doolittle Raiders’ exhibit featuring a B-25B, the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, and other rare WWII-era aircraft.
At the Modern Flight Gallery, you’ll see aircraft of the Korean and Vietnam wars such as the F-86A and B-52. The Cold War Gallery puts you face-to-face with the F-117 stealth fighter, A-10 “Warthog” and B-2 stealth bomber. You’ll find an array of space-launch vehicles and Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles on display at the Missile and Space Gallery. And don’t miss the popular collection of nine Presidential aircraft, including the “Air Force One” Boeing 707 that served every U.S. president from Kennedy to Clinton. There’s also a Research and Development/Flight Test Gallery featuring experimental aircraft.
What’s more, you can take in the thrills of the IMAX Theatre, as well as the Morphis MovieRide Theatre that simulates the sensation of flying in a fighter jet. And be sure to visit the gift shop/bookstore and cafeteria.