National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

A B-1 bomber soars through the sky during suppression of enemy air defenses training at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 15, 2016. During SEAD missions, bombers are used offensively to destroy targets while EA-18G Growlers work as a supporting aircraft to deny, degrade or delay the enemies’ ability to acquire and engage friendly air forces and also give bombers access to those targeted areas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert/Released)

B-1 Bomber Flyover to Commemorate Doolittle Tokyo Raid

Two B-1 bombers from the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, will participate in a high-speed flyover at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force exactly 75 years after aircrews from these same squadrons helped launch the Doolittle Tokyo Raid. Plans call for the B-1 flyover to take place on April 18 at[Read More…]

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force plans call for 17 B-25 bombers to take part in a two-day tribute commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid (weather dependent). (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

B-25 Mitchell Bombers to Highlight Events Commemorating 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid

B-25 Mitchell bombers from around the country will once again take to the skies before landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force as part of a two-day tribute commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid, April 17-18. Current plans call for 17 B-25 bombers to land on the runway behind the museum on April 17[Read More…]

DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" is readied for restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Memphis Belle to be Placed on Public Display in May 2018

One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943.  The B-17F Memphis Belle™ – the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United[Read More…]

Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, who served as Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot on Crew No. 1. Cole, now 101 years old, plans to return to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in April to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the raid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jeff Fisher)

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid

On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. These men, led by Lt. Col. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, came to be known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.The raid was an extremely important event in the development of American air power. It marked the[Read More…]

WWI-era radio-controlled model aircraft, some as large as 1/2-scale, will perform during the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, Oct. 1-2, 2016, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous at National Museum USAF

The 2016 WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will not only allow visitors to see great flying action from the early years of aviation, but also includes many other attractions and free interactive educational programs that provide a hands-on experience for the entire family, Oct. 1-2 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Along with the full-scale aircraft, the event[Read More…]