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National Museum Of The Usaf Behind The Scenes Tour

Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:27 pm

For those of you who are interested in taking the "Behind the Scenes" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, here is a list of the aircraft you will see and a few tips on registering and the tour.
The tours are held every Friday afternoon and take about 2 hours. The buildings are WW II vintage and are hot in the summer and cold in the winter so, on the average, you will be quite comfortable  Smile.
You can register ahead of time up to the Wednesday prior to the tour. If you cannot register by then or the tour is already booked up, you can be listed on Friday morning at the information desk to fill in for cancellations. Cancellations are farily common. Everyone has to have a government issued ID (passport is fine), no large bags food or fluids allowed, no one under 12 can take the tour, photos can be taken inside the facility but not outside, no rest room facilities available during the tour. Advanced arrangements have to be made to accomodate handicapped visitors.
You have to be at the check-in desk by 11:45 AM (just outside the Carney Auditorium near the Early Years Gallery) and the tours starts about 12:30 PM. All ID's will be checked at least once. The tour guides are wives of active duty and retired AF officers and they are quite knowledgeable. Each guide will have 6-8 guests and there is no switching of guides once the group has been broken down.
Aircraft currently in the restoration shops include; B-17F "Memphis Bell", X-32, YF-23, F-22 (the YF-22 is currently on the display and will be replaced by this F-22), MiG-21, Mig-23, MiG-25 (Anyone have a set of wings they want to donate?), SU-22, XC-99 bits and pieces, Titan IV (This is too tall for the Space and Missile Gallery), T-46 prototype, Curtiss X-19 tilt rotor VTOL, T-6 Texan II prototype, German WW II SAM (forgot the name, sorry) plus others. I am having a senior moment.
 
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RE: National Museum Of The Usaf Behind The Scenes Tour

Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:11 am

When are they going to get a KC-135A or E to put on display?
 
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RE: National Museum Of The Usaf Behind The Scenes Tour

Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:08 am

KC135
The museum has 2 modified variants of the KC-135 on display, both are outside in the Air Park.
One is an EC-135E ARIA used as flying relay station for manned and unmanned satellite communications.
The other is a NKC-135A Airborne Laser Lab. This aircraft is the first aircraft to down another airplane through the use of a laser. The laser technology that is used has been greatly improved upon, but the laser beam focussing system is still classified and was removed from the airplane. It has a big hump on its back for the laser turret and the main deck cargo was not pressurized.
I do not know of any plans to get a KC-135A/E/R tanker, but things can change around pretty quickly at times. The Titan IV was obtained unexpectedly and will not fit in the space and Missile Galley because it is about 250 feet tall and the gallery is about 167 feet tall.
 
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RE: National Museum Of The Usaf Behind The Scenes Tour

Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:40 am

Quoting Broke (Thread starter):
Aircraft currently in the restoration shops include; B-17F "Memphis Bell", X-32, YF-23, F-22 (the YF-22 is currently on the display and will be replaced by this F-22), MiG-21, Mig-23, MiG-25 (Anyone have a set of wings they want to donate?), SU-22, XC-99 bits and pieces, Titan IV (This is too tall for the Space and Missile Gallery), T-46 prototype, Curtiss X-19 tilt rotor VTOL, T-6 Texan II prototype, German WW II SAM (forgot the name, sorry) plus others. I am having a senior moment.

Any idea when the YF-23 will be ready for display? Does anyone have current photos of the YF-23 that's on display at the Western Museum of Flight?
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