Wednesday, September 30, 2009

USAF Museum - News and Notes: October 2009



News & Notes

October 2009


NMUSAF Aerial View



Dawn Patrol Rendezvous wrap-up 

Tell us what you thought of the event

World War I Dawn Patrol RendezvousThousands of spectators immersed themselves in early air power history, despite the weekend's gloomy weather. Were you one of them? If you attended this premiere historical aviation event, we want to know your thoughts and opinions. Click here to give us feedback



Medal of Honor recipient to speak 

See Col. (Ret.) Leo K. Thorsness on Oct. 14

Col. Leo ThorsnessCol. (Ret.) Leo K. Thorsness, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for combat actions as a Wild Weasel during the Southeast Asia War, will present "Getting Through Tough Times" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Click here for more information about Thorsness' presentation.



Halloween fun during Family Day 

Wear a costume, learn about aerospace principles

HalloweenCelebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and those that participate in activities will receive goody bags full of stickers, candy and aviation trading cards as they leave the museum (while supplies last). Visit the Family Day page for more information about the event.



Mark calendars for concert 

Band of Flight honors veterans on Nov. 6 and 7

USAF Band of FlightCelebrate and honor heroes from all eras of American history with the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Due to the popularity of these free concerts, two performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7. Watch the museum's Web site,, for more information.



WWI educational program 

Learn about the "Four MAIN Causes of WWI"

WWI Dawn Patrol RendezvousStudents in grades 6-12 can commemorate Veterans Day by joining us for the education program, "The Four MAIN Causes of World War I." The program, open to both school groups and home school families, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the museum's Carney Auditorium. Educators may also schedule the informational scavenger hunt "World War I." This self-guided tour is designed to provide students with a brief history of WWI and the people and aircraft involved. Questions are multiple choice, fill in the blank and data collection. Depending on the class, plan for 30-60 minutes before or after the assembly program. Click here to register.



Featured exhibit of the month

American Air Combat Stories

American Air Combat StoriesAir combat in World War I was as varied as the people who flew and fought in the skies over Europe. The stories of four Americans and their personal effects on display at the museum illustrate their experiences. One of them was the first American serviceman to shoot down an enemy plane, and one was the second-ranking U.S. ace of the war. Another enthusiastically flew the Stars and Stripes from his fighter, and yet another was the first member of the U.S. Army Air Service to die -- though mysteriously -- on a combat mission. Learn more about air combat in WWI by viewing our virtual exhibit or by visiting the on-site display in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery.


This month in USAF history 

Oct. 30, 1918

Capt. Eddie RickenbackerCapt. Edward V. Rickenbacker shot down his 26th and final enemy aircraft of World War I. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has Rickenbacker's Medal of Honor in its collection. Click here to view information about the museum's Rickenbacker exhibit. (Information provided by Air Force Historical Studies Office)

In this issue

Dawn Patrol Wrap-up

Guest Lecture

Family Day

Band Concert

Educational Program

Featured Exhibit

USAF History

On the Radar

IMAX® Schedule



On the radar

Oct. 14 · Wings & Things Guest Lecture  


Oct. 17 · Family Day


Nov. 6-7 · Band of Flight Concerts

Nov. 11 · Veterans Day, MUSEUM OPEN


Nov. 11 · WWI educational program


Nov. 17 · Wings & Things Guest Lecture


Nov. 21 · Family Day


Nov. 26 · Thanksgiving, MUSEUM CLOSED



IMAX® schedule

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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