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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

An evening pause: A short seven minute tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

You will never see a museum in this manner. And as they go by, how many of these flying vehicles can you name?

Hat tip David Eastman.

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13 comments

  • John

    That was absolutely freakin awesome!

  • Kevin R.

    I wonder how they shot that? With a drone?

  • geoffc

    Having been there twice I totally suggest you go if you ever get the chance. Pretty awesome place. Huge! 4 gigantic halls big enough to hold a B-52, B-2, and B-1B with room for many more in the same hall.

    The XB-70 is my favorite.

  • Alex Andrite

    Beautifully Stunning !

    Drone and audio Team should be acknowledged.

  • Tom

    You can see the shadow of the drone pretty well at the 5:50 mark as it goes up and over the nose of the B2 bomber.
    Last time I was there was in the 90’s when most of the bigger examples were parked outside exposed to the elements and in a sad state. They have come a long way since then.

  • Jay

    Beautiful indeed! Great film. I flew in to Dayton for a couple days in 2015 and regret not going to the museum. Not enough time.

    Looking at that video there a number of items I find pretty cool: XB-70, the X-37 – that was a big deal seeing that at Ames Research when I was a kid, the B-36 Peacemaker, B-58 Hustler, and of course the B-29 “Bockscar” (which was not on the video). That is a great collection none the less.

    I wish they got one of the shuttles when the fleet was retired. They certainly have the room there for it! I always thought NYC was unworthy to have Enterprise. Of course I thought LA was unworthy of Endeavour and it should have gone to the Boeing Museum of Flight.

  • Phil Berardelli

    Impressive performance by the drone operator — they must have placed a great deal of confidence in him/her to allow the thing to fly so close to the aircraft. Curious, though. I didn’t see a B-17, B-24 or B-25 among the exhibits. Likewise other WWII aircraft. Do they have them there, or is the collection incomplete?

  • Jay

    Phil,
    I looked up their website and saw the list of the galleries. They did not show the WWII gallery and the video only showed four of the ten galleries. I saw a B-29 in the footage and thought it was “Bockscar”, but it was another B-29 from their Korean War gallery.

  • Matt in AZ

    Jay, since the shuttles were built in Palmdale and frequently landed at Edwards AFB, California “earned” getting one more than Seattle. I agree NYC’s win was unworthy, and they’ve proven to be ill-equipped for the honor. The California Science Center is providing a great home for Endeavour, as they will be the only museum to exhibit a fully stacked shuttle with ET and boosters once their new building is complete (2022ish). I will definitely take trip out there one that display is open!

    https://californiasciencecenter.org/about/our-future

  • Jay

    Matt,
    I know. I am biased since I live in Washington State… the dry non-rioting east side of the state.

    The Boeing Museum of Flight has a great collection, it did get the shuttle simulator from Houston and it is worth the $20 to go inside it.

  • TL

    Amazing done video. Looks like I need to add the National Museum of the US Air Force to my places to visit list.

    I’ll second The Boeing Museum of Flight being worth a visit if you ever end up in the Seattle area.

  • Jeff Wright

    What was that next to the thunderscreech?
    Navajo?

  • Matt in AZ

    Jeff Wright, that is the North American X-10, which was built to prove out technologies for the Navaho missile. Of 13 built, this is the sole surviving example.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_X-10

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