Sequestration forces cuts at National Museum of the Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will close its Presidential and Research and Development Galleries until further notice beginning May 1, as part of budget reduction requirements due to sequestration.

According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, museum leadership has been working with the Air Force to comply with Department of Defense sequestration guidance to determine the best possible course of action for reducing museum operational and maintenance costs with the least impact to the public.

“This was not an easy decision, as we have several popular exhibits in the Presidential and R&D Galleries, including President Kennedy’s Air Force One and the XB-70 Valkyrie,” Hudson said. “Our goal has been to make every effort to maintain museum operations to the maximum extent possible, and we hope to reopen these galleries as soon as possible.”

The main museum complex will remain open to visitors from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. The Air Force will fund utility costs for six days each week, and the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., will fund those costs one day per week from May through September.

“The Air Force Museum Foundation proudly supports the growth and expansion of the museum, as well as special events and programs,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard V. Reynolds, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Managers. “In these extraordinary budgetary circumstances, it only makes sense to assist with day-to-day operations as well, employing funds earned from Foundation business operations and investments.”

Additional sequestration impacts include the weekly Behind the Scenes Tours of the museum’s restoration area, which will end after the April 26 tour until further notice, as well as cancellation of the Wings & Things Guest Lectures on April 30 and May 22 and all summer Aerospace Camps.

Other scheduled museum events also could be affected. Details will be announced on the museum’s website, as those events near, officials noted.

Reductions announced earlier in the year have been extended to include the cancellation of all staff training and travel, minimal funding for mission critical supplies and the deferral of non-emergency facility maintenance.

“These are challenging times; however, we will continue our mission of sharing the Air Force story with the public and inspiring our youth,” Hudson said. “We’ll also keep providing information about museum exhibits and activities 24/7 through our website and virtual tour.”

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information: NationalMuseum.af.mil

Comments

  1. Michael Dean says:

    $100,000 per year? You’re way too generous, Roy. there should be no financial retirement for elected representatives. None. At any level.

    Our nation’s founders never intended for these positions of public SERVICE to be careers… with lie-long benifits. The idea was that common citizens would, temporarily, put asside their livelyhoods to serve the interests of the Republic. Then, after a few of years, return to the private sector and take up where they had left off.

    Unfortunately it did not take long for that idea to be corrupted. And be replaced with a new form of aristocricy. Different, perhaps, in appearance. But much the same in practice. To where now, many of the “people” look up to politicians as some type of wise and noble monarchy. A monarchy whose own prosperity and survival has become far more important than that of the nation itself.

  2. Roy Fassel says:

    When are the American people going to tire of the Rhetoric the politicians are dishing up.
    I would reduce all retirement for politicians to the maximum of $100,000 per year. Retirement for a minimum of 20 years continuous service at 60% of the 100,000.00, full retirement for 30 Plus years. All congressmans health care to Medicare levels. If I set here a few more minutes I will bet I could come up with a few more cuts and never leave the Capitol.
    Its time they get realistic. Fire all government works under union controlled salary and retirement plans.

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