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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will host a variety of events and exhibits that commemorate the accomplishments of our nation’s Airmen and Guardians this year during the 75and US Air Force birthday.


The anniversary theme, “Innovate, Accelerate, Thrive – The Air Force at 75,” highlights the Air Force and Department of the Air Force’s commitment to fly, fight and win – delivering air power anytime, anywhere in defense of our nation.


The museum will commemorate the anniversary by combining events and exhibits that celebrate the accomplishments of the USAF since its inception as well as the continued development of our Airmen, Guardians and technologies in the years to come.


Expected 75and Anniversary events and exhibits include:


  • “A Force for Good – Air Force Humanitarian Missions Department” This new permanent exhibition is now open in the Global Reach Gallery. A grand opening celebration scheduled for Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include demonstrations, hands-on activities for visitors of all ages, and guest speakers.
  • “From Then to Tomorrow: Celebrating 75 Years of the Department of the Air Force” A new special exhibit opening April 29 at the Cold War Art Gallery will convey the impact of the U.S. Air Force through national defense and the technological and social advancements that impact people around the world.
  • Arrival of a new aircraft: KC-135Scheduled to arrive at the end of April, this aircraft is the first to perform in-flight refueling between three aircraft linked together simultaneously.
  • Replica of the spacecraft Mercury-Atlas 9 (Faith 7)Tentatively scheduled to be exhibited at the Missile Gallery this summer.
  • World War II Memorial Exhibition, June 4-6, 2022 A weekend of activities with a replica of the Washington DC WWII Memorial. Other family activities include a pageant camp, flyovers and indoor events.
  • Korea Memorial Exhibition, June 25-26, 2022 Visit a replica of the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C., hear the living history of museum volunteers sharing the vital role many of the museum’s aircraft played in that war, and tour the Museum’s Foundation Theater Air Force to see movies related to the Korean War.
  • Space Celebration, July 30 to August 7, 2022 A free and unique space celebration offering something for the whole family, including guest speakers, space-themed exhibits, simulator rides, rocket build and launch activity and event paying After Dark (21+).
  • Vietnam Memorial Wall, August 18-22, 2022 The museum will house the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Traveling Wall, an 80% replica of the Vietnam Wall bearing the names of more than 58,000 military personnel killed in Vietnam. As a backdrop to this memorial, the museum will host aerial events, a flyover and more.
  • “Panel 44 – 8 days in March” August 16-September 24 Panel 44 is a 40th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial containing the names of 337 U.S. service members who died between March 9 and March 16, 1968. This 900-pound exhibit will be located inside the 4th Building.
  • Air Force Birthday Celebration Weekend, September 17-18 Come celebrate with us! The museum will be hosting events throughout the weekend, including open planes, family-focused activities/contests, special veteran speakers, and, of course, cake!
  • A-1H – Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Skyraider New exhibit highlighting combat search and rescue missions planned for fall 2022.


Visit the 75th Anniversary webpage at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/75th-anniversary/ for more information on these events. Event details are subject to change.


For a complete list of all events scheduled to visit the museum www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events.


The National Museum of the US Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the largest military aviation museum in the world. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.


NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the US Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact Lisa Riley at the National Museum of the US Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.