The Air Force Museum’s fourth building has amazing things to see. Here are five of them.

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.

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Take a look at five exhibits that make up just part of the new $40.8 million hangar below.

Titan IVB Rocket

The Titan IVB rocket, whose main purpose was launching satellites into orbit, is featured in the new fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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 ...)

SAM 26000

This view down the side of SAM 26000 shows five of ten Presidential aircraft that are now on display in the Air Force Museum's fourth building. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

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 ...)

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XF-85

Curator Jeff Duford explains the history of the XF-85 experimental fighter at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Produced by Barrie Barber.

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

Air Force museum aerospace educator Cindy Henry talks about the learning nodes in a new $40.8 million hangar at the museum. Produced by Barrie Barber.

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.

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Tacit Blue Once Secret Stealth Plane

The experimental and once secret Tacit Blue stealth plane is in a new hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Produced by Barrie Barber.

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.

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