World War I drama coming to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio – Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I as one of the nation’s premier historical aviation events brings the excitement of early air power to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 27-28.

The World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous will feature vintage reproduction full-scale and 7/8-scale aircraft, such as the Nieuport, SE-5 and Fokker Dr. I triplane. Pilots will perform precision flying in the skies above the museum and compete in a flour-bombing competition, with aircraft launching from and landing on the field behind the museum.

Additional activities will include period re-enactors in a war encampment setting, era automobiles on display and participating in a parade, flying exhibitions by WWI radio-controlled aircraft, simulators, games, guest speakers, and a collector’s show for WWI items.

Gates will be open each day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

 

The event is offered by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Great War Aeroplanes Association. The last WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous took place in the fall of 2011.

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 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about 1 million visitors from around the world come to the museum.

For more information: NationalMuseum.af.mil.

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