Today on Presidents Day all visitors to the museum have the unique opportunity to view and walk through several truly significant aircraft. The museum’s Presidential Gallery, located in the recently opened fourth building, is home to aircraft that carried U.S. presidents on many historic journeys from Franklin D. Roosevelt through Bill Clinton, as well as heads of state, diplomats and other...
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Celebrate Presidents Day interacting with various subject-matter experts near SAM 26000 in the Presidential Gallery today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. These former crewmembers include a retired pilot and flight attendant, along with former maintainers and security.
The William E. Boeing Presidential Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to view a historic collection of presidential aircraft, and walk through four of them, including aircraft used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. #PresidentsDay Click for more. [ Nationalmuseum.af.mil Link ]
On this Day in 1962: John H. Glenn Jr. orbited the Earth three times in his Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7. He was the first American astronaut in orbit. Learn more here --> [ 1.usa.gov Link ]
Celebrate Presidents Day by climbing aboard Air Force One at the National Museum of the USAF and interact with various subject-matter experts near SAM 26000 in the Presidential Gallery today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. These former crewmembers include a retired pilot and flight attendant, along with former maintainers and security.
On this day in 1936: Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell died from heart problems and influenza. In 1946 Congress posthumously awarded Mitchell a special Congressional Medal of Honor in recognition for his "outstanding pioneer service and foresight" in the field of American military aviation. Learn more about Billy Mitchell here --> [ 1.usa.gov Link ]
On this day in 1943: The U.S. Army Nurse Corps' first class of flight nurses formally graduated at Bowman Field. Learn more here --> [ 1.usa.gov Link ]
#OTD 16 Feb 1965 at Edwards Air Force Base - Following two months of repair and modification, the Category I test team flew the North American XB-70 Valkyrie to a speed of Mach 1.6. During this flight, piloted by Joe Cotton, the Air Induction Control System was adjusted and the hinged wing tips folded full down to 65 degrees for the first time. (Edwards History Office file photo) #military...
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On this day in 1945: The Army Air Forces dropped paratroopers on Corregidor as assault forces hit the beaches. Within two weeks, the enemy on the island had been defeated and by June, almost all of the Philippines had been liberated.
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#WaybackWednesday The U.S. Army Air Corps awarded Tuskegee the contract to provide primary flight training in Feb. 1941. Moton Field, Alabama, provided the only primary flight training facility for student pilots who became the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Learn more here --> [ 1.usa.gov Link ]
A gathering of friends, family and Mighty Eighth Airmen made way as the guest of honor slowly approached the front of the stage. Raymond Odom, a 93-year-old World War II veteran, sat patiently in a

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From 1992-2001, Paul Metz served as Lockheed Martin’s Chief Test Pilot for the F-22 ATF, and made the first flight on the F-22A Raptor on Sept. 7, 1997. He and a staff of test pilots worked closely with the engineers on subsystem design, flying qualities, simulation, avionics, cockpit layout and man-machine interface. For more visit--> [ 1.usa.gov Link ]
On this day in 1973: The museum's C-141A, serial number 66-177, dubbed the Hanoi Taxi was the first aircraft to return Vietnam prisoners of war to the United States on Feb. 12, 1973. The Hanoi Taxi flew two missions into Hanoi, carrying out 78 POWs and two civilian returnees to the Philippines, and four missions from the Philippines to the United States, carrying 76 ex-POWs. Learn more here...
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On this day in 1939: Lt. Ben Kelsey set a coast to coast record of 7 hours, 48 minutes in the sleek prototype YP-38 Lightning, but crashed while landing. Learn more here --> [ Bit.ly Link ]
On this day in 1952: Maj. George A. Davis Jr. and his wingman encountered 12 MiG-15s approaching friendly fighter-bombers on an interdiction mission. Davis sped into combat and quickly destroyed two MiGs. While pursuing a third MiG, his aircraft sustained a direct hit and crashed. At his death, he had 14 victories in Korea to his credit. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and...
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