The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Our Trip Down South.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Last week we arrived home from a week and half trip down south.  It was wonderful but took a twist. The trip was planned to have its finale on Hilton Head Island with my entire side of the family.  We left on a Tuesday and on Wednesday received word that Hurricane Matthew was going to affect our trip beginning with a mandatory evacuation of HHI.  This in turn, forced my mom (the master vacation planner) to cancel our reservations.  Bummer!

Since our family was already packed and on the road we ended up rerouting to Florida (more on that in a later post).

Our first stop was to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Highly recommended.  Awesome for ALL ages.  You can easily spend from 2 hours to all day there.  And drumroll please.....its FREE!

We made a quick pit stop to ChickFilA mostly because it seems to be all the rage and we currently don't have one close to us.  It was fine.  But still fast food.  So now we can say we've been to Chick Fil A.

On to the museum.  It is very easy to get to and ample parking (free).  We went on a Tuesday around 2pm and spent 3 hours there.

I must say Ike was a hero on this trip.  He loads up all the luggage, does all the driving, makes all reservations and goes with the flow.  He repeatedly retrieved the stroller from the cartop carrier and I had to snap this picture to remember. :)
Since we only had 3 hours at the museum, we hightailed it to the fourth and newest hangar.  This is the one that houses a historic collection of presidential aircraft.

There are several you can walk through but please note: the walkways are very narrow!  We easily left the stroller at the entrance, no problem.  The aisles are glassed off for viewing.

It was intriguing to see the press seats, meeting rooms, command offices, beds, kitchens, cock pits.  Enormous amounts of history to absorb through reading, seeing and experience.

Also in the fourth hangar is the Space Gallery which was a highlight for this little guy who wants to be an astronaut and a farmer when he grows up.  This was a hands on virtual flight area that allowed you to view your flight on the screen.  We saw satellites, shuttles, missiles, and more!

17 months of cuteness who holds that little lovey almost always.

There is also a large gift shop and book store area.  We will return for sure and spend time in another area of the museum.  There are volunteers at almost every aircraft and roaming around to answer questions.  We spoke with a former Air Force Airman who lived in California and drew maps for war pilots.  This is why you could spend all day there... the stories they tell are a true history lesson!  Last year over 550 volunteers gave their time to this museum.


  1. Long time follower (so glad you are back!), but I don't think I have ever posted before. You will want to try to go on a "home school" day. If you go to their website, you will get the info. Usually one in the fall and one in the spring and they are fantastic. All sorts of hands-on activities line the hallways, and talks are age/grade geared towards the students in the auditorium. I didn't miss one for years, but now I'm only schooling my youngest two (both in 5th) now so it has been years since we have gone. We have been to the Smithsonian, massive air force museums in the south, and not one touches this one. Truly a must see if you are into history or have anyone interested in the air force.

  2. I have to say, the first time I tried Chick Fil A (MANY years ago!) I wasn't that impressed either. A fried chicken breast with 2 little tiny pickles and a white bun. I was underwhelmed. But there's something about them... over time they get you addicted. They have great giveaways and the kids love it and the restaurant is always clean with friendly service. Anyway, keep trying! ;) Love these vacation post! :) Keep them coming!

  3. I have read your blog for several years and I don't think I've ever commented! Glad youre back! We were just up there (we're from GA)and also went to the ARK and Creation Museum. Fun trip!


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