Sequester
2:24 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Air Force Museum feels sequestration effects

Visitors check out a former Air Force One plane in the Presidential Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Credit Greene County CVB

The National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton is closing some exhibits and could close more because of the sequester.

Beginning May 1, the museum's Presidential and Research & Development Galleries will close until further notice.

"This was not an easy decision, as we have several popular exhibits in the Presidential and R&D Galleries, including President Kennedy's Air Force One and the XB-70 Valkyrie," says Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson. "Our goal has been to make every effort to maintain museum operations to the maximum extent possible, and we hope to reopen these galleries as soon as possible."

Weekly behind-the-scenes tours are being canceled along with a guest lecture series and all summer Aerospace Camps.

The museum warns other scheduled events may also be affected.

The museum says it will remain open seven days per week thanks to funding from the Air Force Museum Foundation.