A new fourth building, home to some of the most iconic and historic American military planes, lifted attendance by double digits in the second half of last year at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, but the overall number of visitors year-to-year was down slightly in 2016, figures show.
Take a look at five exhibits that make up just part of the new $40.8 million hangar below.
The 204-foot Titan IVB rocket is on display in the Air Force Museum fourth building. The Titan IVB could launch payloads as heavy as 23.9 tons and was the largest and most powerful expendable rocket in the Air Force inventory. (Read more ...)
Visitors to the museum are able to walk through President John F. Kennedy’s Air Force One and stand in the place Lyndon B. Johnson took his oath to office. Special Air Mission (SAM) 26000 is a Boeing VC-137C and had a 36-year career carrying presidents, diplomats, heads of states, and dignitaries. (Read more ...)
The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin is now located in the new fourth building at the Air Force Museum. The Goblin was carried by B-36 bombers and was released as a fighter aircraft if it encountered enemies. Once the fight was over, the Goblin would return to the B-36. (Read more ...)
Space Station Learning Node
The Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer and STEM Learning Node are now located in the Space Gallery of the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Tacit Blue Once Secret Stealth Plane
The Northrop Tacit Blue is now in the new fourth building at the Air Force Museum. The Tacit Blue, built in the 1980s, proved what some thought was impossible: That stealth aircraft could have curved surfaces.