Monday, August 31, 2009

USAF Museum News and Notes SEP-2009



News & Notes

September 2009


NMUSAF Aerial View



Two flying events set for this month 

RC Air Show and Dawn Patrol Rendezvous to take place on museum's back field

World War I Dawn Patrol RendezvousTwo exciting outdoor aerial events are set to take place this month at the museum. The Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show will happen Sept. 4-6 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. From Sept. 25-27, the World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous comes to the back field, bringing early air power to life. Click here for detailed information.



Celebrate 'fall' by learning about gravity 

Try on a parachute or sit in a B-2 ejection seat

Family Day - ParachutesCelebrate fall while learning about gravity during this month's Family Day on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors will have variety of aerospace stations to choose from that demonstrate the force of gravity. One station will explain how parachutes work and will allow participants to try on a real parachute and to sit in an actual B-2 ejection seat. Other activities include storytime and an opportunity to make a paper parachute. Visit the Family Day page for more information.



Band of Flight celebrates America during September concert 

Music celebrates the spirit of our great nation

U.S. Air Force Band of FlightThe U.S. Air Force Band of Flight's largest performing ensemble will present an exciting evening of music. The program includes Joseph Wilcox Jenkin's popular "American Overture for Band," an original composition by the band's staff arranger, Staff Sgt. Scott Wise, based upon the tune "This Land Is Your Land," as well as "Battle Hymn of the Republic," sung by Staff Sgt. Terra Mason. The free concert takes place Sept. 12 at 7:30. Click here for more information.  



Author presents 'Hell Hawks!' 

Book is about true story of aerial band of brothers flying the deadly P-47 Thunderbolt 

Hell Hawks! book coverDr. Thomas D. Jones, a veteran NASA astronaut, scientist, speaker, author and consultant, will speak about a book he co-authored with Robert F. Dorr called "Hell Hawks!: The War No One Told You About and the Heroes Who Helped America Win It" on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information about the book and the authors.



Home School Day set for Sept. 28 

Variety of educational experiences for all grade levels

Education DemonstrationRegistration for this fall's Home School Day will open on Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. Those interested in participating can learn more by visiting the Home School Day page here. Activities and classes are available for all grade levels from preschool through high school. Space is limited, so register early! 



Featured exhibit of the month

The Tragic Story of The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman doorOn Nov. 10, 1942, the C-47 nicknamed The Flying Dutchman (S/N 41-18564) hit a strong down-draft over the Owen Stanley Range while carrying U.S. Army troops from Port Moresby to Pongani, New Guinea. It crashed into the side of Mount Obree, killing seven of the 23 onboard and destroying most of the food it carried. Of the 16 survivors, eight received serious injuries and burns. Twenty-five years later, the crash site was rediscovered and on a door was scribbled the daily experiences of those survivors who were never rescued. Click here to learn more about this new exhibit in the Air Power Gallery.  


This month in USAF history 

Sept. 18, 1947

Stuart SymingtonWhile aboard the presidential C-54 aircraft, Sacred Cow, in July 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, officially establishing the United States Air Force as a separate service under the National Military Establishment (renamed in 1949 the Department of Defense). On Sept. 18, 1947, Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force by Chief Justice Fred Vinson, establishing the United States Air Force as truly an independent arm of the U.S. military. For further information, visit the USAF Established page.

In this issue

Outdoor Aerial Events

Family Day

Band Concert


Home School Day

Featured Exhibit

USAF History

On the Radar

IMAX® Schedule



On the radar

Sept. 4-6 · Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show  


Sept. 7 ·  Labor Day, MUSEUM OPEN


Sept. 12 · Band of Flight Concert

Sept. 14 · Berlin Airlift Special Exhibit Opens


Sept. 19 · Family Day


Sept. 23 · Wings & Things Guest Lecture


Sept. 25-27 · WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

See more events



IMAX® schedule

Fall schedule begins Sept. 7


Space Station · 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily


Fighter Pilot · 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily


The Magic of Flight · 1 p.m. daily, 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 


10 a.m. shows can be arranged for groups of 50 or more.

For ticket prices and to confirm show times, visit


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