Monday, August 2, 2010

USAF Museum - News and Notes: August 2010



News & Notes

August 2010


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New CNAC exhibit opens Aug. 19

Exhibit to feature China National Aviation Corporation

CNAC logoThe National Museum of the United States Air Force will open a new exhibit on Aug. 19 commemorating the achievements and contributions of the China National Aviation Corpration (CNAC) to the U.S. Army Air Forces in the China Burma India Theater during World War II. CNAC was first formed in 1929, and by 1933 it had evolved into a partnership between the Chinese government and Pan American Airways. Following the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war in 1937, CNAC remained China's sole means of speedy communications with the outside world. Operating conditions were extremely hazardous because the airline was forced to fly under the worst possible circumstances to avoid Japanese attack. Shortly before the Second World War, CNAC pioneered a number of air routes over the forbidding Himalayan Mountains in order to connect China and India by air.  These newly explored high altitude air routes would soon be known throughout the world as the "Hump," and would play a major role in the ultimate defeat of Japan.



Register now for fall restoration tours

Behind the Scenes tours now open through Dec. 17

B-17F "Memphis Belle" Go "Behind the Scenes" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's restoration hangar. See aircraft such as the B-17D The Swoose and B-17F Memphis Belle during these free guided tours, which are offered every Friday (some exceptions) at 12:15 p.m. Advanced registration is required, and registration is currently being taken for tours through Dec. 17.  Participants must be at least 12 years old, and an adult must accompany those under 18. A government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver's license) is required of all individuals 18 and over. The museum will provide bus transportation to the hangars. For security reasons, all bags are subject to search, and backpacks, packages and large camera cases are not permitted on the shuttle bus. Click here for more information.



Fun for the entire family

Celebrate National Aviation Day on Aug. 21

StorytimeJoin the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force as we celebrate National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright's birthday) during Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Storytime begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery, giving younger children a chance to listen to aviation-related stories as they sit under the wings of airplanes. A free hands-on Aerospace Adventure allows participants to build their own egg-carton glider in the Modern Flight Gallery from 1:30-3 p.m. In addition, there will be several Aerospace Demonstration Stations that will teach the properties of air and flying. Click here for more information about Family Day.



RC model aircraft take to the skies

Radio-controlled model aircraft air show set for Sept. 3-5

Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show See daring acrobatics performed by model jets, helicopters and warbirds during a three-day air show of giant scale radio-controlled aircraft on the runway behind the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Sept. 3-5. This event is hosted by the museum each year over Labor Day weekend and is sponsored by the Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers. Hours for the event are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and admission and parking are FREE. 
Click here for more details.



Patriot Day Concert set for Sept. 11 

Concert to feature the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

USAF Band of FlightThe U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will partner with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to perform a concert in honor of Patriot Day. The performance will take place in the Modern Flight Gallery. Although the concert is free, tickets are required and will be available through the museum's Special Events office beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. For more information on this and other concerts at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force click here.



Featured exhibit

General Atomics RQ-1 Predator

RQ-1 PredatorTechnically, the RQ-1 Predator is not just an aircraft but an entire system. Developed as an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration, this system consisted of four unmanned aerial vehicles, a ground control station, a satellite communications terminal and 55 personnel. The Predator UAV - the most recognizable part of the system - provided military commanders with an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform capable of flying over dangerous areas for extended periods without risk to a human pilot. The museum's RQ-1 Predator is scheduled to be moved from the restoration hangar and be placed on display in the Cold War Gallery this month. Click here to find out more details on the RQ-1 Predator.


This month in USAF history 

B-25 Mitchell bomber flies for the first time

North American B-25JOn Aug. 19, 1940, the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber first flew. The B-25 bomber was one of America's most famous airplanes of World War II.  Although the airplane was originally intended for level bombing from medium altitudes, it was used extensively in the Pacific Theater for bombing Japanese airfields and beach emplacements from treetop level, and for strafing and skip bombing enemy shipping. It was also used by Gen. Jimmy Doolittle during the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in 1942. The museum's B-25 is on display in the Air Power Gallery. Click here for more information on the museum's B-25.

In this issue

CNAC Exhibit

Behind the Scenes Tours

Family Day

RC Model Air Show

Patriot Day Concert

USAF History

On the Radar

IMAX® Schedule


Plan Your Visit



On the Radar

Aug.  6, 13, 20, 27 · Behind the Scenes Tours 


Aug. 19 · CNAC exhibit opens 


Aug. 21 · Family Day


Sept. 3-5 · Radio Controlled  Model Aircraft Air Show


Sept. 11 · Patriot Day Concert (tickets required)




IMAX® schedule

Legends of Flight · 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily


Hubble · 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily


Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag · Noon and 3 p.m. daily


Amazon · 6 p.m. daily


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

FREE admission!



1 comment:

Patrick Hanan said...

Thanks for the spot about CNAC. I wish Ohio was a little closer to home (CA). My dad was Capt. Jeff Hanan, and logged many flights over the hump during WWII.
Patrick Hanan