Air Force mu­seum draws tourists to Day­ton area

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Ti­mothy R. Gaffney

The Na­tional Mu­seum of the United States Air Force is the world’s largest and old­est mil­i­tary air mu­seum — and the crown jewel of the Na­tional Avi­a­tion Her­itage Area.

Lo­cated on Wright-Pat­ter­son Air Force Base, the mu­seum’s four huge ex­hibit build­ings and mis- sile gallery dis­play more than 350 aerospace ve­hi­cles and mis­siles, not to men­tion thou­sands of his­tor­i­cal avi­a­tion ar­ti­facts. While its ex­hibits range from the dawn of flight to cut­ting-edge aerospace tech­nol­ogy, two re­cent ad­di­tions in­clude the iconic B-17F Mem­phis Belle and a gi­gan­tic Ti­tan IVB space rocket.

The Air Force Mu­seum Foun­da­tion, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non­profit, raises funds and aware­ness in sup­port of the mu­seum’s mis­sion. Ameni­ties it pro­vides to the pub­lic in­clude the six-story, 3D dig­i­tal Air Force Mu­seum The­atre, vir­tual re­al­ity and sim­u­la­tor rides, the Air Force Mu­seum Store and two on-site cafés. The foun­da­tion also man­ages fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on be­half of the mu­seum.

“The Na­tional Mu­seum gives our or­ga­ni­za­tion and the re­gion a unique edge in our ef­forts to at­tract tourism busi­ness,” said Jac­quie Pow­ell, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Day­ton Con­ven­tion & Vis­i­tors Bureau.

Ev­ery Mon­day, the Day­ton Daily News will fea­ture the Na­tional Avi­a­tion Her­itage Area. To learn more, visit avi­a­tion­her­

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