Five companies will compete to build a new $46 million aircraft and space gallery to open in 2015 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will select the winning bid for construction of the 224,000-square-foot building for the museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The building will house rare presidential and research and development aircraft, spacecraft and cargo planes.
Museum Director John Hudson says the exact cost of the building won't be known until the contract is awarded. But the Air Force Museum Foundation says it has raised $38 million to pay for the building and will continue raising money.