U.S. Air Force Museum tours offer look ‘behind the scenes’

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DAYTON, Ohio – Members of the public now have the opportunity to experience first-hand, the visually intriguing world that brings U.S. Air Force Museum aircraft to life.

Whether watching the restoration of the museum’s newly acquired B-2 Stealth Bomber, viewing integral pieces being placed together to complete a 1918 World War I SPAD XIII, or learning about the restoration process, the visitor will be given a chance to see and become part of behind the scenes.

Spring “Behind the Scenes” tours are scheduled for March 8, April 12 and May 10. Limited to 40 participants each, the tours are free and will last from 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

They take visitors to the museum’s restoration area located in hangars on the historic Wright Field flight line in Area B of the base, about one mile from the main museum building.

Visitors will be able to see a variety of aircraft in varying stages of the restoration process, learn some of the techniques used in restoration and become acquainted with bits of our nation’s history.

Prior registration for the tour is required. Participants must be at least 12 years old; an adult must accompany those between 12 and 18. The museum will provide a bus to transport those on the tour to the hangars.

Registered participants should meet in the museum’s Carney Auditorium between 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. No group reservations are accepted.

To make tour reservations or to gain more information call the museum at 937-255-3286, ext. 302.

The U.S. Air Force Museum is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton.

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