Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022

Temperature 76 Degrees, Abundant Sunshine

National Museum of The United States Air Force, Part One

I guess you could rightly call me a good old country boy. I love cars, trains and planes. Goodness knows we’ve been to any number of museums about the three throughout this great country of ours. But this one, when it comes to planes, planes and more planes tops them all.

What we have here is four hangers full of all things airplanes and everything related to them. The National Museum of The United States Air Force is the official museum of The United States Forces located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. It is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. It features more than 350 planes and missiles on more than 19 acres of indoor display space housed in a total of 4 separate hangers all connected by a common walkway.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking how long does it take to see everything there is to see? That depends. If you a: just want an overview of the entire museum you can take a guided tour that takes approximately 2 hours. If you b: want to wander around on your own and just sort of see this and that perhaps 4 to 5 hours will do. If you c: really want to see everything in great detail than you’ll need 4 to 6 hours per day for about a full week. Or d: you can do what we did, that is go with a plan in hand. Meaning, we had a specific list of planes and exhibits that we wanted to see and if time permitted than we would sort of wander around.

Here are some of the exhibits that we made a must see.

In the Spring of 1942, American morale slumped due to the number of Japanese successes, and the country desperately needed a victory. An attack against the heartland of Japan was suggested using medium bombers flown from a US Navy aircraft carrier. The plan was put together in top secret and became known as the

Unfortunately, after the raid not all crew members made it back safely. Eight were captured and subjected to a trial in Japan with three subsequently being executed. The other five were kept in solitary confinement, one died of starvation and the remaining four were finally set free in 1945.

Moving now to the European front.

The end of the war.

There were other exhibits we also spent time at but we also wandered.

We learned a bit about the role that woman played during WW II

We stopped to view a display of jackets worn by aviators during WW II. Here are a few examples.

There was so much more that we were able to see. More will be included in a future blog. Till then take care and God bless.

Yup, another new T-Shirt!

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.


  1. I am glad you enjoyed this museum so much. I believe I have mentioned my dad was in the Air Force during WWII. He worked on/fixed the radios used on the planes. If we were to visit this place, I would need to take the guided tour. That would be the way I would get the most out of the visit. I never knew this place existed. It is an impressive collection. Thanks for your post!


  2. It is wild that you write about this. I just recently learned of this museum and have been looking how I can add it to next years travel route. I hope to visit it next year. Thanks.


    1. I hope you can too because it is awesome. I would also suggest that you put three more on your list and they would be: Carillon Historical Park, Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center, and Huffman Prairie Flying Field. For the Historical Park, if you really want to see what is there, plan on a full 6 to 8 hour day!


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