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“A Must See!!”

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

For those who love American made machines, war history, aircraft, spacecraft, IMAX movies, and much much more, don't miss this museum. Its definitely one of the best in the US and its free to see. You can spend several days and still not see it all. Lots for kids to explore and its readily accessible to seniors and the handicap. Don't miss it!

Thank wendy k
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Lots of ground to cover! Don't miss the Imax theater, so you have an opportunity to sit. Stop in the cafe when you need a break...prices are very reasonable.

Thank CindyLouAkron_OH
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I visited this museum just a few weeks after visiting the National Air and Space Museum Udvar Hazy Center in Washington, DC. I was hugely impressed with both museums, and would say they are roughly on par. Both are free museums with massive collections of historical and modern aircraft and spacecraft, and associated memorabilia. You'll find examples of the Wright flyer and other early aircraft, the actual B-29s that dropped the atomic bombs, space capsules from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo eras, supersonic SR-71 'Blackbirds' that flew at the edge of space, and more contemporary displays at either museum. We devoted about 4 hours at each museum and were able to see most of the aircraft and see a portion of the artifacts--the collections can be overwhelming so I would suggest breaking this into two sessions, each 3-4 hours. I felt that this museum had a better collection of associated than Udvar Hazy, including a nice display on Disney cartoons for WWII unit emblems. Udvar Hazy had more interactive opportunities for children, but this museum was also kid friendly with several exhibits that clearly appealed to many of the children I saw there. I was surprised to find a modest collection of Hollocaust artifacts with personal stories from their owners. I would caveat that the Udvar Hazy museum is newer and shinier, so the signs for some of the aircraft might not be as pretty here, but the displays provide worthwhile snippets that will keep you reading.
They have a free guided tour, broken into two parts totaling about 3 hours, but I didn't go that route so I can't say how it is.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

It was so enlightening, and enjoyed music playing in certain areas,but we needed more time to see everything. You need a full day or two.

Thank chichi2t
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Great trip through history. Wooden planes to stealth. We thought we'd blow through in a short time but got caught up in reading the facts associated with the aircraft.

Thank macndave
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