The United States Air Force Museum is located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force base near Dayton. The museum is FREE and open 9-5 daily.
Air Force Museum After the loss of a pet of many years I was looking for a diversion. I had been to the Air Force Musuem a few times before, but they had added a new hangar since my last visit and I wanted to see it. Even if you're not an aviation buff, the museum has lots of historical information. The museum is split into three areas, the Early Years of Flight which starts with the Wright Brothers, the Modern area and the Cold War Exhibit. The Cold War Exhibit, the newest addition to the museum, was really interesting. As you pass through on your way be sure to check out the commemorative quilt, Bob Hope USO exhibit, flying gear over the years and Kettering's model airplane collection. On the way to The Cold War Exhibit, be sure to spend time in an area preceding it that is devoted to the Berlin Airlift and World War II. Photos of Churchill, Truman and Stalin along with photos of Berlin after the bombings were especially memorable. My favorite aircrafts in the exhibit were the Stealth Bomber, unmanned aircraft and a plane that is used to carry a nuclear bomb along with a nuclear bomb nearby. Seeing how small some of the aircrafts and fighter planes are is amazing. The museum also houses an IMAX Theatre. Movies currently playing through Sept. 5 include "Legends of Flight," a movie about the Amazon, "Fighter Pilot" and "Hubble." I went to see "Hubble." It was very informative and a real treat to get to see some of the images captured by the telescope. Movies cost $6.75 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, students age 8 through college with I.D. are $5.25 and children ages 3-7 are $4. The museum also has a film simulator (see photo below) which allows you to see and feel what it's like to be in one of the new fighter planes as it takes off and returns to an aircraft carrier during a 5 minute ride. A model aircraft event will be held on the grounds this weekend. Here's what the website says about it: See daring acrobatics performed by model jets, helicopters and warbirds during the 15th annual air show of giant scale radio-controlled aircraft on the runway behind the museum. This three-day event is sponsored by the Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers and runs from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday of Labor Day weekend. A half-time show is performed at lunchtime each day to show off the talent and abilities of the RC pilots. Admission and parking are free! For more information and to plan your visit, check out the website at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit. If you're looking for places to eat, get on I-675 and head to a couple of my favorite places you'll find only in Dayton. These include Subby's, which has the best sub buns anywhere, at 2233 N. Fairfield Road and Marion's, my favorite pizza chain in Dayton at 1320 N. Fairfield Road. They serve thin crust pizzas unlike any you'll find elsewhere. I recommend the deluxe pizza at Marion's and I like the pepperoni and provolone at Super Subby's. The film simulator costs $4 for adults and is located in the Modern hangar.