Band of Flight teams up with 'Trout Fishing in America'
Four-time Grammy nominated group presents 'music for people who take their fun seriously'
The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will partner with four-time Grammy nominated musical duo "Trout Fishing in America" (TFIA) for a family-fun concert at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Children and adults of all ages will have the opportunity to watch fascinating demonstrations of the incredible art of indoor kite flying and build and fly a kite during Family Day on March 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Other activities, such as storytime and aerospace demonstrations stations will be available throughout the galleries. Click here for more information about Family Day.
Author and reporter to speak on 'Operation Anaconda'
What went right -- and what went wrong -- during the first major combined arms fight of the post 9/11 era
Sean D. Naylor, an investigative reporter covering special operations forces and joint operations and author of Not A Good Day To Die - The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda, will speak about his book on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum's Carney Auditorium. Click here for more information on Naylor.
New exhibit opens March 19
Depicts story of airmen who completed 100 missions in North Vietnam
A new exhibit, titled "100 Missions Up North," will open in the Modern Flight Gallery on March 19. It showcases the courageous history and rich traditions of Air Force airmen flying hazardous missions over North Vietnam during the Southeast Asia War. Featuring nearly 100 artifacts and more than 50 photographs, the exhibit displays many individual achievements along with some of the humorous customs related to celebrating the completion of a tour. Click here for more information.
Experience 'Night at the Air Force Museum' on May 15
Who will you meet in the galleries?
Details are still being planned, but visitors can expect an exciting after-hours gathering at the museum on May 15 from 6-10 p.m. See aviation history come alive, look into aircraft cockpits, enjoy free IMAX films and Morphis MovieRides and discover the source behind this evening of "life" at the museum. The event coincides with the spring release of the Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian movie. Click here for more information about Night at the Air Force Museum.
Registration opens March 2 for fun educational activities
Sign up for spring Home School Day or an Aerospace Camp
Registration opens on March 2 at 9 a.m. for two educational programs. Home school students interested in attending the spring Home School Day on April 6 can find out more information or register here. Children in grades 4-8 who are interested in being a part of one of the museum's Aerospace Camps taking place this summer can register or find more information here.
Find out latest on the museum's expansion project
The museum has identified the Air Force's space mission as its most important exhibit priority and remains extremely interested in acquiring a shuttle. Click here for more information on the proposed Space Gallery.
Featured exhibit of the month
Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk
The Global Hawk, on display in the Modern Flight Gallery, was the third prototype built. Designated Air Vehicle-3 (AV-3), it was officially designated as YRQ-4A (S/N 98-2003) and had anything but a normal career for a prototype. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Air Force deployed AV-3 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Because it still showed some of the "crankiness" of a prototype, AV-3 was nicknamed "Grumpy." Nevertheless, it also flew reconnaissance missions in support of Operations Southern Watch (OSW), Iraqi Freedom (OEF), Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa. Over its career, AV-3 completed 251 flights for 4,891.3 total hours flying time. This total included 195 combat sorties and 4,152.7 combat hours. A remarkable aircraft, AV-3 went on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in 2008. Click here to learn more about the RQ-4 Global Hawk.
On this date, the U.S. and its coalition partners launched Operation Anaconda in eastern Afghanistan. Using B-52s, B-1s, AC-130s, A-10s, and F-15s for air support, the coalition ground operation tried to surround and kill Taliban and al Qaeda forces regrouping south of Gardez. Examples of the types of aircraft used during this operation are on display throughout the museum galleries. Click on the links above for more information. Also, be sure to attend Sean D. Naylor's lecture on Operation Anaconda on March 24. See article above for more information. (Information provided by Air Force Historical Studies Office)