Monday, March 2, 2009

USAF Museum News and Notes: 3/09

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force


News & Notes

March 2009


NMUSAF Aerial View


Band of Flight teams up with 'Trout Fishing in America'   

Four-time Grammy nominated group presents 'music for people who take their fun seriously'

TFIAThe 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. 

TFIA's mix of folk, pop and family music is tempered by the diverse influences of reggae, latin, blues, jazz and classical music. For more information about TFIA, visit or click here for more information about this concert.  



Family Day set for March 21

Celebrate spring with kites

Family DayChildren 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

Lecture-NaylorSean 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

100 MissionsA 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?

Night at the Air Force MuseumDetails 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

Aerospace CampRegistration 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 

ExpansionThe 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

Global HawkThe 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.


This month in USAF history 

March 1, 2002

B-52On 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)

In this issue

Band Concert

Family Day

Operation Anaconda

100 Missions Up North

Night at the Air Force Museum

Educational Opportunities

Museum Expansion Project

Featured Exhibit

USAF History

On the Radar

IMAX® Schedule



On the radar

Daily · USAF Heritage Tour


March 6, 13, 20, 27 · Behind the Scenes Tours

March 7 · Band of Flight Concert

March 19 · 100 Missions Up North exhibit opens

March 21 · Family Day

March 24 · Presentation on Operation Anaconda



IMAX® schedule

Space Station · 11 a.m. daily


Fighter Pilot · Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily


The Magic of Flight · 1 p.m. daily


Straight Up: Helicopters in Action · 3 p.m. daily

Deep Sea · 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday


For ticket prices and to confirm show times, visit


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