DAYTON, Ohio --
Have you ever wondered what goes into getting an aircraft ready for display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force? Get a firsthand look at the aircraft restoration process during the Behind the Scenes Tours. Registration for tours through Sept. 1, will open March 31. These free tours take place Fridays, 12:15 to 3 p.m. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.
During the tours, members of the public are guided through the museum’s restoration hangars located on the historic Wright Field flight line in Area B of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, about 1 mile from the main museum building. Visitors will see a variety of aircraft in several stages of the restoration process, including the famous World War II bomber, B-17F Memphis Belle™.
Interested individuals can register by submitting an online form at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/GroupsandTours.aspx or by calling 937-656-9436 Registered participants should meet in the museum’s Carney Auditorium between 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. There are no group reservations provided.
Participants must be at least 12 years old, and an adult must accompany those younger than 18. A government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license) is required of all individuals 18 and older. Driver’s license numbers must be provided at time of pre-registration. All foreign visitors must present an original passport (NEXUS cards and foreign enhanced driver’s licenses are not authorized at this time). All foreign national guests must register at least seven days before the tour date. Walk-in registration for these guest is not permitted. The museum will provide bus transportation to the hangars. For security reasons, all bags are subject to search upon entry to the museum, and backpacks, packages and large camera cases are not permitted on the shuttle bus. Bag checks may be conducted while en route to the restoration hangar.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles, and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about 1 million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.