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“A national treasure” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Ranked #1 of 61 things to do in Dayton
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“A national treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

17 acres under roof of the aircraft that protected America, from the Wright Bros. first military flyer to the F-22 Raptor and everything in between. Doolittle Raiders exhibit is emotional, as is the Presidential Gallery, where the plane that carried every president from Kennedy to Clinton can be toured. The events of 11/22/1963 come to life here. So many other exhibits do the same. Not to be missed if you're anywhere near Dayton.

Visited March 2013
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Colton, New York
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“A Must Stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

if you are near Dayton this is a must stop for adults and children; free admission; 3D IMax movie avg.; simulator rides- avg.; we spent 5 hrs here and saw about 3/4 of the museum; decent cafeteria for food; good gift shop; good outside picnic facilities; most of the museum is indoors; many, many aircraft on display

Visited March 2013
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North Apollo, Pennsylvania
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“Do not mss this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Wow this is a museum you should not miss. So much information and displays. Many hands on. The best thing about the place is all the volunteers. We are going to make a point of going back just to visit it.

Visited March 2013
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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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“Best aviation museum in the country”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is the largest, free, open to the public attraction in the State of Ohio. It has a blend of old and new technology, including several pieces that are representative of active programs.

Visited October 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“The best of the best air museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

The museum is the biggest and has the most collection in the world. Simply put, USA invented airplanes, and won world war 2, korean war, vietnam war, iraq wars by total Air Superiority. The warplanes that played a role in all these wars are all preserved and well kept in the museum to display.

If you like airplanes, the museum is a must. The museum consists of 3 hangers each of which is about the size of the Smithsonian air museum in Washington, DC. The collections are purely warplanes. The planes in display are grouped by the era that they served. The best and almost complete collection of an era is the world war 2, though the Navy fights in WW2 are missing. The collections also include the German fights and bombers, though it is missing Stuka, other than this, all the japanese and German aircrafts are in display. it also has most of the allied planes though the better known Lancaster is missing.

There are also many Migs that goes from Mig 19, 21 to 29... all well preserved. Each display is accompanied by its history, performance...etc. If one is to read the information of each display, it will take one at least two solid days to cover all the display.

the bombers from WW2 such as the B17 and B29, to the most recent B2 are all in display. Remember the silent but deadly F117 ground attack stealth fighter/bomber used in the first Iraq war that CNN reported, it is right there. How about the deadly drone that is used to attack the Al Qaeda, it is hanging right there.

It will take time to tour around all the hangers. It has taken us a total of 6 hours just to check out each airplane without reading much of the information associated with each display. The museum opens at 9 and closes at 5. If you are time pressed, i suggest that you check out the web site which offers virtual tour that enables you to familiarize with all the display, then you can pick and choose to zero in to the displays you can check out in real life. This place is simply awful.

had Osama bin laden, Colonel Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein, visited this museum, they might have appreciated the People, Machines, Technologies and Might of the US total air superiority, and perhaps, they might not have fuddle-duddled with Uncle Sam.

I strongly recommend this museum to all airplane lovers and model hobbyists. There is nowhere in the world that has such complete selection of warplanes,not just of the US, but the world.

Visited March 2013
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