[Please note that this blog post is backdated to September 22; the post was published on October 28.]
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 in Dayton, OH today. In previous blog posts I shared photographs from the Presidential and R&D Galleries, from the Early Year’s Gallery and the World War II Gallery, from the Korean War Gallery, and from the Southeast Asia War Gallery. In today’s blog post I will wrap up our tour of the museum by sharing photographs from the Cold War, Space and Missile Galleries.
According to the National Museum of the US Air Force website, “[t]he Eugene W. Kettering Cold War Gallery features aircraft that span the years of the Cold War and reveal how technological achievements of the era led to the advanced systems being applied in modern combat. The gallery’s aircraft collection presents a broad range of platforms, such as fighters, long-range bombers, attack aircraft, reconnaissance, heavy airlift and trainers. Modern aircraft on display include the world’s only permanent public display of a B-2 stealth bomber.”
We began our tour of the Cold War Gallery by walking through the Berlin Airlift exhibit.
The Cold War Gallery appeared crowded to me. The crowded appearance is most likely the result of exhibits placed here that will be moved elsewhere in June 2016.
The Space Gallery is currently housed within the Cold War Gallery. The aircraft and exhibits in the Space Gallery will be moved to the museum’s new fourth building when it opens in June 2016.
According to the National Museum of the US Air Force website, “[t]he Space Gallery showcases the Space Shuttle Exhibit featuring NASA’s first Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT-1), a high-fidelity representation of a space shuttle crew station used primarily for on-orbit crew training and engineering evaluations. As a major exhibit component of that gallery, visitors will be able to walk onto a full-size representation of a NASA space shuttle payload bay and look inside the CCT-1 cockpit and mid-deck areas. The gallery also includes a Titan IVB space launch vehicle, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft, and many other NASA artifacts and a variety of astronaut equipment. A range of satellites and related items will showcase the Air Force’s vast reconnaissance, early warning, communications and other space-based capabilities.”
According to the National Museum of the US Air Force website, “the Missile Gallery is contained in a silo-like structure that stands 140 feet high. Visitors can view missiles such as the Titan I and II and Jupiter from ground level or can take in an aerial view from an elevated platform that hugs the inside circumference of the gallery.”
The National Museum of the US Air Force is a very cool place to visit. The museum is huge! No way can you see everything in a day, let alone a few hours!
Before leaving the museum, we ate lunch (cheeseburgers, French fries/onion rings and chocolate cake) in the Valkyrie Cafe.