Air Force Museum celebrates 75th anniversary of service

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A B-17F Memphis Belle sits at the National Museum of the US Air Force on March 10, 2018. (Facebook)

(Tribune News Service) – The 75th anniversary of the Department of the Air Force is Sunday, and the National Museum of the Air Force, as always, is ready to tell the story of the service.

This weekend, the museum offers a range of exhibits that highlight the past, present and future of the Air Force with open planes, a 75th anniversary selfie station, educational activities , trivia, airplane tricycles, coloring pages, word search station, and more. .

“The whole weekend is filled with a big list of activities, events, things to watch, things to do,” said museum historian Doug Lantry. “It’s a big weekend.”

The museum is also unveiling a new permanent exhibit in the fourth building dedicated to the new branch of the US Armed Forces, the US Space Force.

The nation’s newest military service was established on Dec. 20, 2019, and organizes, trains, and equips forces to protect U.S. and allied interests in space.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

For more information, visit National Air Force Museum.

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