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Along with two riding buddies, I recently rode to Dayton, Ohio to take in the USAF Museum there. We were not disappointed. If you have not made it to the museum, I would highly recommend a visit. We chose a weekday, one after schools began instruction, and the crowds were minimal. Along with motorcycle specific parking (which is very close to the entrance), I also asked about gear check/coat room availability which a guide there told me they do offer. The museum is free.

The only drawback is, at least for me, is the slab routes necessary to get there for much of the journey. In spite of that issue, it was a great way to spend a few days!
 

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My father was from Dayton, haven't been there since I was a kid. I probably still have some distant relatives there... If I am ever back up that way, I would love to check out the Museum.

I'm in NC and we are lucky enough to have quite a few museums down this way. My wife and I visit the Airborne museum at least once a year. Next time will be on the bike. They typically have some retired vets greeting you at the door. I love talking to those chaps. I usually give a generous donation when we visit.
 

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Along with two riding buddies, I recently rode to Dayton, Ohio to take in the USAF Museum there. We were not disappointed. If you have not made it to the museum, I would highly recommend a visit. We chose a weekday, one after schools began instruction, and the crowds were minimal. Along with motorcycle specific parking (which is very close to the entrance), I also asked about gear check/coat room availability which a guide there told me they do offer. The museum is free.

The only drawback is, at least for me, is the slab routes necessary to get there for much of the journey. In spite of that issue, it was a great way to spend a few days!
When I was living in TN, I had a close friend of the family that worked at there. When I finally made it over to check it out, I was amazed at what they actually had.... Anyone with even the slightest interest in aircraft should check it out.
 

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Did you have a chance to look at the Ranch Hand display with the C123 Provider named "Patches" due to the 600 patched up bullet holes that happened during missions over Vietnam? A majority of those bullet holes were received while my dad was in the Pilot's seat. Made a trip to the museum to see this display when it opened. It and the museum as a whole was quite an experience.
 

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Hill AFB Aerospace Museum (click)

Posted this before, but . . . About one hour north of the intersection of I-15 and I-80 (Salt Lake City, Utah), Hill AFB has their Aerospace Museum. All military aircraft; as such, maybe second only to the USAF museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton. You can walk past everything in a day, or spend days in getting the stories of each plane. Historical talks by the Veterans who flew the planes, on a scheduled basis. Admission is free; they have a respectable gift shop for model aircraft, clothing, and memorabilia. Exit 338 on I-15, not far from where I-15 splits to I-84 (going east). The base itself has a Commissary/BX, if you have those privileges.
 

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I love the museum at NAS Pensacola and because of the last lockdown, we didn't have an active military sponsor that could escort us in last spring.

We thought we were going to finally get to see the one in Dayton in June as we were passing through, going to my son's national shooting competition. We called and they confirmed my suspicion that we would NOT be admitted to the base with a car full of (target) firearms. Oh well, someday. I love aviation museums.
 

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Did you have a chance to look at the Ranch Hand display with the C123 Provider named "Patches" due to the 600 patched up bullet holes that happened during missions over Vietnam? A majority of those bullet holes were received while my dad was in the Pilot's seat. Made a trip to the museum to see this display when it opened. It and the museum as a whole was quite an experience.
Did you have a chance to look at the Ranch Hand display with the C123 Provider named "Patches" due to the 600 patched up bullet holes that happened during missions over Vietnam? A majority of those bullet holes were received while my dad was in the Pilot's seat. Made a trip to the museum to see this display when it opened. It and the museum as a whole was quite an experience.

Yes I saw Patches. It was unbelievable! Quite impressive your Dad flew that aircraft!






I sure did.
 

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I grew up around there. Literally. My Dad worked at WPAFB. I played youth soccer between an air strip and the museum. We would walk over between games. lol Life moved me away, but I ended up back in Ohio, about an hour away. We try and go over once a year. They just added a new wing and moved the Presidential planes over there recently. I have not been there since, but my Wife has. Great place. So much history and things to see. Glad you enjoyed it!!
 
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