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Brechtel19813 Aug 2021 4:17 a.m. PST

My son and I in the past week visited the Air Force Museum in Dayton as well as the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport.

The Air Force has the restored Memphis Belle as well as the surviving XB-70. Both are fascinating and I believe the B-17 to be the most beautiful aircraft ever designed and built.

If anyone has the opportunity to go to one or both, I highly recommend them. And the restoration section of the Smithsonian is now restoring the B-26 Flak Bait.

The Smithsonian has the Enola Gay and the Air Force has Bock's Car.

OSCS7413 Aug 2021 6:39 a.m. PST

Been there around 10 times and agin this year. Over the decades it has gotten better end better.

rustymusket13 Aug 2021 7:00 a.m. PST

If you are in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, there is a nice museum there. My wife and I visited it a couple of years ago. I enjoyed, my wife endure silently.

Major Mike13 Aug 2021 7:13 a.m. PST

On the 20th of this month, the Air Force Museum will allow visitors into the cockpit of the B-36J.

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2021 1:36 a.m. PST

Virginia Beach has a private museum Aviation Museum with an amazing collection of planes, many of which they fly.

In the WWII section are, among others, an ME-262, Bf-109, Mig-3, Yak-3, FM-2, FW-190, I-15bis, P-63, I-16, and that's just, (some of), the fighters!

buffalo21 Aug 2021 11:03 a.m. PST

One more to visit.

The National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The museum continues to expand. They have numerous flyable aircraft of the era. WestPac Restorations is right next door to the museum. There are plenty of exhibits with artifacts and personal stories.

A part of their mission is holding classes for school children in the area. You can visit the museum on your own or be part of a guided tour by well-informed docents.

The museum has a special interest for me as my Dad's personal story is part of the exhibit covering the 155th Night Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. They did the aerial recon of the Normandy countryside just hours before the D-Day invasion and went on to do recon for the 3rd Army advance through Europe. You can search for the museum website that will provide further information.

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