Tours resume for Presidential, R&D galleries


For Greene County News

FAIRBORN — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will resume tours for the Presidential and Research & Development (R&D) Gallery as well as the restoration area starting Monday, June 22.

The Presidential and R&D Galleries, located in a controlled-access portion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are accessible using the shuttle bus service from the main museum complex. Eight shuttle buses will be available daily from June 22 through September 30. The buses will be available at 9:20 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:35 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

The shuttle service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and visitors are encouraged to sign up early in the day as buses fill up quickly. A current government-issued photo ID is required for U.S. citizens over age 18, and all foreign visitors must present an original passport. Anyone under age 18 must be escorted by an adult. Shuttle buses are not handicapped accessible, and individuals requiring special assistance should contact the museum’s Operations Division in advance at 937-255-3286 to arrange transportation.

Military and Department of Defense civilians with government ID may use their private vehicle to visit the Presidential and R&D Galleries from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, the “Behind the Scenes” tours of the museum’s restoration area will re-open on Fridays from June 26 through Sept. 4.

Advance online registration for these tours will begin 9 a.m. Monday, June 22. To register, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/tours.asp, select a date and follow the instructions on the registration form. You may also register by phone by calling 937-656-9436.

Visitors who have previously registered for a “Behind the Scenes” tour that was cancelled are encouraged to re-register for a future tour. Those who have already registered for an upcoming summer tour will be contacted by the museum and given an opportunity to remain on their original tour.

More information on visiting the Presidential and R&D Galleries is available at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/questions/topic.asp?id=180.