Friday, November 1, 2013

National Museum of the USAF: News and Notes: November 2013

News & NotesNovember 2013
NMUSAF Aerial View

Doolittle Raiders' Final Toast
WWII aviation heroes to meet Nov. 9

Doolittle RaidersWhen the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' make a final toast to their fallen comrades on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the world can witness the historical moment. Although the final toast ceremony is not open to the public, a LIVE feed of the event will be broadcast on The Pentagon Channel at 6 p.m. EST. A link to the LIVE stream will also be available on the day of the event at and Other opportunities to celebrate these World War II aviation heroes that day include a grand arrival, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Doolittle Raiders memorial and a flyover of B-25 aircraft. In addition, the Air Force Museum Theatre is planning to show Doolittle Raider and World War II-themed films. Click here for more information about these activities.

Presidential, R&D Galleries reopen  
Galleries open Thursday-Sunday
R&D Gallery

The museum reopened its Presidential and Research and Development Galleries on a limited basis beginning Oct. 24. The galleries were closed beginning May 1 as part of budget reduction requirements due to sequestration. Current resources will allow the galleries to be open from Thursday through Sunday. Click here for more information about visiting these galleries.

Free Family Fun on Nov. 16
Learn about the International Space Station 
Family DayCommemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history -- the International Space Station -- during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. This month marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of the first module of the space station and the 13th anniversary of a continuous human presence on this fascinating human outpost in space! Visitors will be able to learn about spaceflight, living in space, and rocketry through a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities, including building your own space station from recycling materials. "Storytime," which features space-related stories and a hands-on craft for preschool and primary grade children, will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Click here for more information.

SAM 26000Nov. 22, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. SAM 26000, Kennedy's Air Force One, is on display in the museum's Presidential Gallery. He flew aboard SAM 26000 to Dallas, Texas, where he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 -- and it was on this airplane that Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the new president. SAM 26000 then carried Kennedy's body and Johnson back to Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more about President Kennedy and SAM 26000.
Note: The museum is planning to offer more shuttle bus trips to the Presidential and R&D Galleries beginning in mid-November. Please watch for an announcement in the coming weeks.

This month in USAF history 
Nov. 7, 1918

Dr. Robert H. GoddardDr. Robert H. Goddard demonstrated tube-launched solid-propellant rockets at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. This device evolved into the anti-tank bazooka used in World War II. The museum has an exhibit on Dr. Goddard, the "father of modern rocketry," in the Missile & Space Gallery. Click here to learn more about this exhibit.
Commemorative Coin Commemorative Coin of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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In this issue
Doolittle Raiders
Presidential/R&D Galleries Reopen
Family Day
Featured Exhibit
This Month in USAF History
On the Radar
Theatre Schedule
Plan Your Visit

On the Radar
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 · Behind the Scenes Tours

Nov. 9 · Doolittle Raiders' Final Toast

Nov. 11 · Veterans Day, museum open

Nov. 16 · Family Day

Nov. 28 · Thanksgiving, museum closed

Dec. 6, 13 · Behind the Scenes Tours

Dec. 25 · Christmas Day, museum closed

 Theatre schedule

Fly Me to the Moon · 10 a.m. daily

Fighter Pilot 3D · 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily

Air Racers 3D · Noon daily and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Air Aces - Gabby Gabreski · 2 p.m. daily

Tornado Alley 3D · 3 p.m. daily

The theatre will have a special schedule during the Doolittle Raiders' final toast weekend and Veterans Day. Click here for more information

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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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