National Museum of the USAF Hosts Air Power History Tour

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PRESS RELEASE

The public is invited to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to see three different WWII-era aircraft flown by the Commemorative Air Force during their Air Power History Tour. Aircraft will arrive July 3 and will feature the B-29 Superfortress FiFi, B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil, and a T-6 Texan, the legendary trainer of WWII.

The Commemorative Air Force’s Boeing B-29 Superfortress FIFI sitting on the tarmac in Manassas, Virginia following a storm in the lead-up to the VE Day 70th anniversary celebrations for Arsenal of Democracy Flyover of Washington DC in 2015. While this year’s celebrations for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day may have had to be postponed, they will still go forth at a later date. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

All aircraft will be on static display to the public on July 4 and July 5 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. both days.  Aircraft crews will be available to talk with visitors, and cockpit tours of the B-29 and B-24 bombers will be available. Schedule is subject to change due to weather or maintenance.

In honor of the T-6 trainer flown by the WASPs, free guided gallery tours featuring Women in Aviation will be offered, taking visitors through the history of women in the Air Force from World War II to space exploration.

Monday, July 3, 2023

10:00 a.m. (approximately)

Aircraft land on Wright Field (behind the museum)

Visitors may watch the landing from Memorial Park or the museum parking lot.

*Note that the aircraft will not be open to the public on this day

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.​

B-29, B-24, and T-6 static display

Bomber cockpit tours

9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Women in the Air Force free guided gallery tours

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.​

B-29, B-24, and T-6 static display

Bomber cockpit tours

9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Women in the Air Force free guided gallery tours

The Commemorative Air Force B-24 “Diamond lil” ( Photo by Scott Slocum)

The B-29/B-24 Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force brings together the aircraft, pilots and crews from more than 70 CAF units across the country to create the AirPower Squadron – an ever-changing assortment of military aircraft touring together to bring the sights, sounds and smells of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States. (Federal Endorsement Not Implied)


In 2023, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force celebrates its 100th Anniversary.  Since 1923 the museum has grown from a small engineering study collection to the world’s largest military aviation museum and is a world-renowned center for air and space power technology and culture preservation. Join us throughout 2023 as we celebrate our storied history with special events and exhibits for visitors of all ages. Visit our website for more information at www.nationamuseum.af.mil.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

Memphis Belle sits nose to nose with Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby in the early evening light at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. (photo by Ken LaRock for USAF)

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