DAYTON, Ohio – The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s new $40.8 million fourth building, which will include aircraft such as SAM 26000 (Air Force One) and the only remaining XB-70 Valkyrie, will open to the public on June 8, 2016.
The 224,000-square-foot building, which was privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, will house more than 70 aircraft, missiles, and space vehicles in four new galleries:- Presidential, Research and Development, Space and Global Reach, along with three science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Learning Nodes.
Construction of the building began in July 2014 and is expected to be completed this month by the Columbus office of Turner Construction Company and overseen by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District.
The museum’s restoration division is currently moving aircraft into the building and assembling other artifacts for display, such as the massive Titan IVB space launch vehicle and satellite booster rocket weighing 96 tons.
Although the building will open to the public June 8, special weekend activities and demonstrations are being planned to continue celebrating the building opening, June 11-12. More information on these events will be released as it becomes available.
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 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about 1 million visitors from around the world come to the museum.