VROC Reunion Rally 2015: Returning Home – National Museum of the US Air Force, Part 1

[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 22; the post was published on October 22.]

Today is Day 12 of our 13-day vacation. We are traveling home from the VROC Reunion Rally, which was held in Eureka Springs, AR.


We visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force today. The museum was located an approximate 20-minute drive from the Best Western Plus Dayton South, where we had spent the previous night.  We arrived about 20 minutes before the museum’s opening time of 9:00 am. Our first order of business, as soon as the museum opened, was to register for the shuttle bus service to the Presidential and R&D Galleries that are located on the controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The first shuttle bus to the Presidential and R&D Galleries departed at 9:20 am, after a short briefing in the Carney Auditorium. We were registered as the third and fourth passengers.

According to the museum website, the “Presidential Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to view an historic collection of presidential aircraft, and walk through four of them including aircraft used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower as well as the Boeing VC-137C also known as SAM (Special Air Mission) 26000, which was used by eight presidents — Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton — in addition to carrying heads of state, diplomats and other dignitaries and officials, on many historic journeys.”

_LG18514 4x6Douglas VC-54C “Sacred Cow”

_LG18515 4x6Lockheed VC-140B JetStar

_LG18530 4x6Bob, exiting JetStar

_LG18517 4x6Located next in line beyond the JetStar is the
Lockheed VC-121E Columbine III

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Lockheed VC-121E Columbine III

_LG18528 4x6

_LG18531 4x6Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000

WP_20150922_001I am about to enter the SAM aircraft.

_LG18521 4x6Aero Commander U-4B

_LG18522 4x6Douglas VC-118 Independence

This next aircraft was on display in the Presidential Gallery.  I believe, however, that it belongs in the R&D Gallery.  The display is listed as part of the R&D Gallery in the museum website.

_LG18529 4x6Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar

According to the museum’s website the “Research & Development Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to view … aerospace vehicles [that] represent advances in technological problem solving and will increase the museum’s opportunities to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes and principles.”

_LG18532 4x6Bell Helicopter Textron XV-3

_LG18533 4x6Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II

_LG18534 4x6General Dynamics NF-16A AFTI

_LG18535 4x6North American F-107A

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VB-9 Guided Missile

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Ryan X-13 Vertijet

_LG18538 4X6Martin X-24B

_LG18541 4x6North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Northrop Tacit Blue

The Valkyrie could fly three times the speed of sound and was used as a research aircraft for the advanced study of aerodynamics, propulsion and other subjects. This is the world’s only remaining XB-70.

The shuttle bus service will soon end. The Presidential and R&D Galleries will close beginning Oct. 1, 2015. The aircraft and exhibits in these galleries will re-open as part of the fourth building on the main museum campus in June 2016.

We returned to the main museum campus at approximately 10:30 am.


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