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Learn about America's women aviators
Listen to Maj. Nicole Malachowski on Nov. 17
Maj. Nicole Malachowski will present "America's Women Military Aviators: From WASP, to Thunderbirds, to the Future" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Carney Auditorium, as part of the museum's Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series. Click here to learn more about Maj. Malachowski.
Two concerts to honor veterans
Band of Flight performs Nov. 6 and 7
In honor of Veterans Day, the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will present "War in Remembrance" on Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. The program will incorporate band works representing wars from Biblical times to modern day. No tickets are necessary, but seating is limited to the first 1,200 in attendance on both nights. More information is available here.
Mark your calendar for the holiday concerts
Tickets required for this popular event
This year's holiday concerts will take place Dec. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Modern Flight Gallery. The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will partner with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to present joyful seasonal music. Due to the overwhelming popularity of these concerts, tickets will be required. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17, the free tickets will issued on a first come, first served basis. Watch the museum's Web site for more detailed information.
Learn about the space station during Family Day
Commemorate the anniversary of a great engineering feat
Commemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history, the International Space Station, during Family Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 21. Many activities will focus on space, including an opportunity to build your own space station from recycled materials. Visit the Family Day Web page for further information.
See if you can 'Race to Dayton's Amazing Aviation Places'
Participants may receive a 'Wilbear Wright' teddy bear
A new program invites people traveling to Dayton, Ohio, to experience the "Birthplace of Aviation" by visiting several of the aviation sites in the area. Those interested in taking part in the program can pick up a passport brochure at participating locations, including the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and take it to be stamped at the various aviation sites. If you visit at least six of the nine sites, you can return the brochure to Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in downtown Dayton in order to receive a free "Wilbear Wright" aviator teddy bear (while supplies last). Click here for further information.
Featured exhibit of the month
Boeing X-45A J-UCAS
The Boeing X-45A served as a scaled-down, advanced technology demonstrator for a project conducted by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force. The goal was to demonstrate the technologies needed to conduct suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) missions with Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAV). The museum has one of only two X-45s on display in the Cold War Gallery. Click here to learn more.
On Nov. 8, 2000, Boeing's first X-45A (No. 1) Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), called "Blue," arrived at Edwards AFB aboard a C-17 transport, where the Dryden Flight Research Center would test the X-45 for the SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) mission. The X-45 was a joint Air Force/DARPA/Boeing project. On Nov. 22, 2002, the second X-45A UCAV, nicknamed "Red," successfully achieved all objectives in its first flight, a 30-minute sortie above Edwards AFB. On Nov. 4, 2003, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB began Block 2 testing on the two Boeing X-45A UCAVs. This program added communications links for flight coordination from other locations, and the ability to release inert small "smart" bombs.
(Information provided by Air Force Historical Studies Office)