Thursday, December 31, 2009

USAF Museum News and Notes: January 2010


News & Notes January 2010
NMUSAF Aerial View
New deputy director announced 
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John L. Hudson named to position
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John L. HudsonAir Force officials announced Dec. 10 that Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John L. Hudson will become the new deputy director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Hudson is the first to fill this newly established position. The creation of a deputy director role reflects the continuing growth of the museum and its inestimable value to the Air Force. Attendance at the museum is at an all-time high, drawing about 1.3 million visitors annually. Click here for more information.
Learn about robotics 
Next Family Day is Jan. 16
Mars RoverCommemorate the sixth anniversary of the Mars Rovers by learning about the exciting field of robotics during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Click here for more information.
Former Raven FAC to speak 
Special appearance by Craig W. Duehring
Craig W. DuehringThe Honorable Craig W. Duehring will present "Nevermore - The Story of the Raven FAC's and the Secret War in Laos" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, as part of the museum's Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series. During his presentation, Duehring will tell the true story of the forward air controllers who fought the war in Laos. While their role only lasted from 1966 to 1973 and fewer than 190 pilots were ever involved, their impact on the war was far greater than their numbers would suggest. Click her for more information.
Beat the winter blues 
Visit the museum for Cabin Fever Night
Museum TourThe museum will be open for special hours from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Guests can purchase a home-style dinner in the cafĂ©, listen to family-friendly stories about aviation history, stay for a movie in our IMAX Theatre (with reduced rates) and enjoy complimentary desserts and hot beverages to keep you warm as you head back home. The gift shop also will be open. Watch the museum's Web site for additional information in the coming weeks.
Interested in volunteering? 
Become a volunteer at the museum
Museum VolunteerJoin more than 475 volunteers at the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum. Volunteers are needed for a variety of service and technical duties. You can belong to the volunteer program that pioneered volunteerism throughout the USAF and become acquainted with aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Click here to learn more about volunteering at the museum.
Featured exhibit of the month
Ace in the Hole: Minuteman Strategic Missiles
Minuteman II Missile Procedures TrainerSince 1962, the Minuteman missile system has played an important role in American strategic defense. Highly trained and disciplined U.S. Air Force crews in isolated, heavily protected missile control complexes maintain, secure and operate the system. This missile trainer and the model on display in the Missile and Space Gallery represent Minuteman II systems operational from 1966 through 1991. Click here for more information about this exhibit.
This month in USAF history 
Jan. 20, 1951
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15The first encounter between USAF F-84s and Communist Chinese MiG-15s occurred during the Korean War. The museum has both of these types of aircraft in its collection. The MiG-15 is on display in the Modern Flight Gallery, and the F-84E is currently undergoing restoration. The Korean War exhibit area is being renovated for the Korean War 60th anniversary commemoration later this year. (Information provided by Air Force Historical Studies Office)
In this issue
New Deputy Director
Family Day
Guest Lecture
Cabin Fever Night
Featured Exhibit
USAF History
On the Radar
IMAX® Schedule
Plan Your Visit

On the radar

Jan. 1 · New Year's Day, MUSEUM CLOSED
Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 · Behind the Scenes tours
Jan. 16 · Family Day
Jan. 18 · Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MUSEUM OPEN
Jan. 27 · Wings & Things Guest Lecture

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



Plan Your Visit 

Museum Hours
Open daily
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

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