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Prelude to War
1930s to Dec 1941

Previous Next Prelude to War – 1930s to December 1941 The visitor experience at the National Museum of World War II Aviation begins with an overview of the development of aviation, from the early 1900s to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Visitors feel the excitement…

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Weathering the Storm
Dec 1941 to Feb 1943

Previous Next Weathering the Storm – December 1941 to February 1943 This gallery examines America’s entry into the war and the role of airpower in the struggle to confront enemy advances in both the Pacific and European theaters.  Visitors learn about the superiority of Japanese and German aviation…

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Striking Back
Feb 1943 to Jun 1944

Previous Next Striking Back – February 1943 to June 1944 This gallery explores the evolution of American and Allied airpower during the critical period from early 1943 through the spring of 1944 as the Allies went on the offensive against Germany, Italy and Japan.  Visitors learn about the…

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Controlling the Skies
Jun 1944 to Sep 1945

Previous Next Controlling the Skies – June 1944 to September 1945 This gallery examines the last stage of the war as the build-up of American airpower led to Allied dominance in the skies over Europe and the Pacific.  Visitors will learn how advancements in aviation technology and production…

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Future Exhibits

Homefront – Mobilization of American Airpower This gallery is under development and will appear in a future phase of the museum. It will tell the story of America’s preparations for war in the aviation age, including long-term strategic planning, development of new aircraft and related technologies,…

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The museum’s two F-7F Tigercats and P-38 Lightning will be on tour Saturday, November 12th through Thursday, December 8th. All other aircraft will be on display throughout this period.

The museum will be closed on the following days during the holiday season:
Thursday, November 24
Saturday, December 24
Sunday, December 25
Sunday, January 1
Happy Holidays!