The National Museum of the USAF ready to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the service

The feather used by former President Donald Trump in the new branch of the United States Armed Forces, the US Space Force, is on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Department of the Air Force. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

The feather used by former President Donald Trump in the new branch of the United States Armed Forces, the US Space Force, is on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Department of the Air Force. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Here you’ll find the pen used by former President Donald Trump to create the new service, as well as space-related uniforms, vehicles and rockets, history explanations, missions and more.

Starting Saturday, visitors can also explore the 5,000 square foot “Above and Beyond” exhibit, which features an interactive demonstration of the forces and physics involved in flight.

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Here, museum visitors can experience flight simulation, immersive theater, touch screens, and augmented reality exhibits.

“Rising off the ground, you know there are certain forces that we have to interact with – lift, weight, thrust, drag,” said Mike Brimmer, head of the museum’s education division. “With every flying object, including birds and drones or satellites, rockets, airplanes, all have to deal with the same forces of flight. And this exhibition illustrates that.

Chicago’s Anne Spencer photographs the pen that former President Donald Trump used to sign into the new branch of the United States Armed Forces, the US Space Force, on display at the National Museum. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Chicago's Anne Spencer photographs the pen that former President Donald Trump used to sign into the new branch of the United States Armed Forces, the US Space Force, on display at the National Museum.  MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Chicago’s Anne Spencer photographs the pen that former President Donald Trump used to sign into the new branch of the United States Armed Forces, the US Space Force, on display at the National Museum. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Want to design a virtual airplane? Here you can do it.

The exhibition runs until December 15.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Be aware if you visit on Saturday that nearly 8,000 runners will be on or near the museum grounds for the four-race Air Force Marathon.

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The museum — which itself is set to celebrate its centennial next spring — features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space.

The entrance to the museum is at gate 28B of Springfield Street in Riverside.

Doug Lantry, museum historian, for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, speaks Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, about the exhibits featured for the Air Force’s 75th anniversary. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Doug Lantry, museum historian, for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, speaks Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, about the exhibits featured for the Air Force's 75th anniversary.  MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Doug Lantry, museum historian, for the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, speaks Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, about the exhibits featured for the Air Force’s 75th anniversary. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

A flight design station at the “Above and Beyond” exhibit at the National Museum of the US Air Force. THOMAS GNAU/ WRITER

A flight design station at "Above and beyond" exhibit at the National Museum of the US Air Force.  THOMAS GNAU/ WRITER

A flight design station at the “Above and Beyond” exhibit at the National Museum of the US Air Force. THOMAS GNAU/ WRITER


Sunday is the 75th anniversary of the Air Force, which got its start here in the Dayton area and continues today at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with many important missions including research, national security, procurement and development.

Sunday: The Dayton Daily News examines how Wright-Patterson plays a pivotal role in Air Force history.

Monday: The history of the Air Force is not only a story of battles won, technologies invented and military bases developed. It’s a story of people. The diary profiles six local residents who served in the Air Force.

Tuesday: Discover our special edition e-paper on the history of Wright-Patterson and its impact on the Air Force.

Wednesday: Join our online community conversation with a panel of military, community and business leaders to discuss how Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has shaped our region’s past – and will shape its future.

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