Summer 2017, Day 30: Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton Aviation History NHP

This morning we spotted this moth hiding on the pavement next to the RV:

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We blew on it to get it to open its wings:

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Our first stop today was the National Museum of the United States Air Force:

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The museum houses one of the largest collections of aircraft in the world.  We didn’t have time to see it all:

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An old wind tunnel for testing wing designs:

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There’s a temporary holocaust exhibit in a hall that connects two aircraft galleries:

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The goblet set used for the annual toast of the Doolittle Raiders:

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The Kettering model aircraft collecton:

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The business end of a XB-70 Valkyrie:

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The Apollo 15 command module:

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A training mock-up of the Space Shuttle:

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The museum houses a number of presidential aircrafts, used by presidents Roosevelt through Kennedy:

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The rocket gallery:

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The Cold War gallery:

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The only B-2 Spirit viewable by the public:

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The Korean War gallery:

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It was a great museum, and I’d love to spend more time there next time we’re through town.

Our next stop was the Huffman Prairie unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park:

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Huffman Field is the location where the Wright Brothers continued their flight tests and design improvements after their initial successes at Kitty Hawk.  The visitor center was interesting:

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Across from the visitor center was a Wright Brothers memorial:

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After finishing our visit we continued east into Pennsylvania, overnighting at the Walmart of Clearfield.

See the alternating light blue line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2017, Day 29: Kentucky Derby Museum, Taft NHS
Summer 2017, Day 31: Delaware Water Gap NRA

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