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Wright Patterson AF Museum

Mon Oct 13, 2003 11:24 am

I know this museum is free, I have also heard it is pretty cool. What do they have there? I have been meaning to go, but haven't had the chance. Thanks
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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Mon Oct 13, 2003 11:35 am

Check out member Broke's posts in this forum. He spends an awful lot of time there, and offers tremendous insight into the exhibits, as well as the ongoing renovations. Much better than any list can provide.

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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Mon Oct 13, 2003 12:49 pm

As T.J. pointed out Broke has a great deal of knowledge about the museum, working as a docent there if I am not mistaken. Do a search on his topics and frequent updates about the museum.

I last visited the museum in 1974 and even from that long ago it made an impression on me as one of the great a/c collections in the world. Since then I have visited many museums in the US and Europe and that almost 30 year old memory still holds true. Wright-Pat, Smithsonian, Duxford are absolute must sees for anyone who loves airplanes. (Yes, many others, but those are the most outstanding that I have visted.)

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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Mon Oct 13, 2003 9:29 pm

The current layout of the museum includes three buildings at the main location, an outdoor exhibit area that only has about 8-10 aircraft in it now, the 8th Air Force control tower and Nissen huts at the outdoor area, 2 hangars across the field, the storage areas, and the restoration shops. It is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

The galleries at the main location include; in the first building, the Early Years (from man's earliest dreams of flying through the Battle of Britain), the War Power Gallery (dedicated to WW II); in the second building, the Modern Flight Gallery, Korea and Viet Nam; in the third building, the Cold War Gallery, the Cold War and Desert Storm. Beyond that is the missile silo building which will open in 2004.

Across the field are the Presidential Hangar (included are Roosevelt's, Truman's, Eisenhower's, and Kennedy's personal aircraft) and the Research and Development Hangar (X-1B, X-3, X-4, X-5, X-15, X-29, XB-70, etc.). You have to take a shuttle bus to visit these. The buses, for now, run continuously between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. It's schedule is dependent on the level of security because these buildings are on the active side of the base.

There is a behind the scenes tour that operates on the second Friday of every month (June, July, and August, every Friday) to the restoration shops and the storage areas in the afternoon. You can preregister or register on Friday morning. It is a 3 hour tour in buildings that are warm to hot in the summer and chilly to cool in the winter.

If you plan to visit for only one day, you will not see everything; pick what you want to see most and go there first, then do what you can with the remaining time.

The museum has an I-Max theater, a Morphus simulator, and a large gift shop area. Becoming a friend of the museum (you can do this when you arrive) gives you a 20% discount in the shops and free entry to the I-Max and Morphus.
 
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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Tue Oct 14, 2003 2:32 am

Oh, by the way.............
The museum web site address is;

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum

Click on the Press Release Icon and that will send you to the most update portion of the web site. A lot of it need updating with all the changes we have gone through this year.
 
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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Wed Oct 22, 2003 5:06 am

Thanks Broke- I will go more than once, I go to school 10 minutes away from there
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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Fri Oct 24, 2003 5:27 am

I've visited it a few times. It's awesome and best of all free. I believe they have now completed their expansion project with the opening of another hanger. There's also an imax theatre.
 
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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Tue Oct 28, 2003 9:44 am

It is indeed AWESOME, the Mecca for all aviation fanatics! I went out there this summer and it was beyond every high expectation I had. I doubt there's a better museum anywhere, including the new Steven Udvar-Hazy Center at the Smithsonian. Nowhere, I believe is there a larger collection of aircraft from all eras or more sheer square footage, than exists in the AF Museum just outside of Dayton, Ohio. I don't believe it gets ANY better than this, anywhere!  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Sat Nov 01, 2003 1:44 am

Those are some big words AV! I went to the Smithsonian in DC and it was awesome.
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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Mon Nov 03, 2003 12:41 am

I was fortunate to be a volunteer when I lived in Dayton in the late 1980's. My best memories are getting to talk to the people that used the equipment on display as they visited the museum. One elderly gentleman was an engineer for Grimes Aircraft Lighting who related the story of trying to come up with windscreens and lighting for the YF-12/SR-71. There were compatibility problems between the metal skin and clear lenses when heated by triple sonic flight.

The second best memory is seeing how various engineering problems were solved, such as landing gear retraction mechanisms, on many different airframes.

The museum has expanded the use of dioramas to tell the story. The Naval Museum in Pensacola does an excellent job of this.
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RE: Wright Patterson AF Museum

Wed Nov 05, 2003 1:36 am

I'm hoping if I go there, and talk to some people, I will be able to spot there.
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