If you've ever wanted to look inside a World War II-era bomber or catch a glimpse of the controls in the famed SR-71 Blackbird, make plans to attend Night at the Air Force Museum from 6-10 p.m. on May 15 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The B-24D Liberator and SR-71A Blackbird are just two of the aircraft that will be open to the public for cockpit look-ins. Other look-ins include the P-61C, RF-86F, UH-19B, F-22A and AC-130A. Click here to find out about other activities that will take place throughout the evening.
Band plans spring concert
Performance scheduled for April 4
Join the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight for an evening of music as it presents the fourth annual "Bandtastic" concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 4 in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery. This year's concert will feature Ralph Vaughan Williams' Toccata Marziale, Frank Ticheli's Vesuvius and tuba soloist Staff Sgt. John Hardisky with Dance Rhapsody. Click here for more event details.
Museum ready for baseball season
Family event set for April 18
The museum's popular monthly Family Day is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This month, celebrate the beginning of baseball season while learning the aerodynamics of throwing a curve ball. Visitors also can participate in aviation-related demonstration stations, storytime and an Aerospace Adventure. Activities are located throughout the museum's galleries. Click here for more Family Day information.
Air Force record-setter to speak
See Col. (Ret.) Joseph Kittinger on April 22
Col. (Ret.) Joseph Kittinger Jr. will discuss his high-altitude ballooning experiences during this month's Wings & Things Guest Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on April 22. During his 29-year Air Force career, Col. Kittinger flew experimental aircraft and participated in special projects to investigate the use of a parachute for escape from a space capsule or high-altitude aircraft. He also flew combat missions in Vietnam, where he was shot down and held in solitary confinement for 11 months. Col. Kittinger's special appearance is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Click here to read Col. Kittinger's biography.
Featured exhibit of the month
Badge of Honor: 100 Missions Up North
Located in the Modern Flight Gallery, the just-opened Badge of Honor: 100 Missions Up North exhibit features more than 50 historical photographs, approximately 100 artifacts, such as flight suits, boonie hats, unique patches, and first-hand accounts of the courage of many U.S. Air Force pilots and crewman. The exhibit primarily revolves around the "100 Mission patch," which became a symbolic mark of courage during Operation Rolling Thunder from 1965-1968. The achievement of 100 missions grew into a rich tradition with its own proud customs, such as elaborate celebrations, growing of "bullet proof" mustaches or end-of-tour dunkings. Click here for more information and photos from the exhibit.
On this date, the Berlin Airlift had its biggest day as military aircraft delivered a record 12,940 tons of supplies to Berlin in 1,398 flights within 24 hours. The National Museum of the United States Air Force commemorates the Berlin Airlift with its Berlin: City Held Hostage exhibit. (Information provided by Air Force Historical Studies Office)