Posted: 10:22 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012
By Barrie Barber
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE —
How to donate
To make a donation to fund the expansion of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, donors have several options:
By mail: Checks may be sent to the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1903, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433.
Online: Log onto www.airforcemuseum.com to make a donation electronically.
By cell phone: To make a $10 donation by cell phone, text EXPAND to 50555.
Purchase a data plate: A Legacy Data Plate is a tribue message on a stainless steel plate that’s placed on a plaque outside near the museum’s entrance. Log onto www.LegacyDataPlates.com for more information.
The Air Force Museum Foundation was created half a century ago to raise funds for building contruction at the museum and has provided 86 percent of the money needed to build the museum’s three existing hangars.
If you go
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force attracts about 1.2 million visitors every year and advocates expect a new $48.7 million fourth hangar to open in 2015 will bring more tourists. The new hangar will house the Space Gallery, the Presidential Aircraft Gallery and the Global Reach Gallery.
The museum, 1100 Spaatz, has hundreds of military aircraft, artifacts and displays, many famous for their role in aviation and war history. Among the collection: An SR-71 Blackbird that flew more missions than any other of the supersonic spy plane, and spy satellites from the Cold War era.
The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.
For information about the museum, log onto www.nationalmuseum.af.mil or call 937-255-3286.