What’s inside the new building at the National Museum USAF

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The ribbon cutting ceremony for the fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will be Wednesday, June 8 at 9:15 a.m.

“Planning started more than a decade ago,” said Jeff Duford, museum curator.

They broke ground on the project in June of 2014 and are now set to open.

More than 71 aircraft in four new galleries are housed in the new building: Presidential, Research & Development, Space and Global Reach. You can board a space shuttle, walk through four presidential aircraft, look inside cargo planes, and enjoy new educational opportunities in three STEM Learning Nodes.

“It’s kind of like a great big jigsaw puzzle, trying to pin in these large aircraft, small aircraft and hanging aircraft,” said Duford. “And as challenging as the layout is, it’s truly remarkable what our restoration staff does; they move all aircraft.”

He said in some respects the easy job is figuring out where all the aircraft will go, and the tough job is actually getting them in place.

Duford said the museum has doubled in size over the last 15 years.

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