Construction starts this summer on a new wing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton. The 224,000-square-foot addition will host the presidential aircraft gallery, an expanded space gallery, the research and development gallery, and a global reach gallery about airlift operations.
Museum Director Jack Hudson says the new facility will make the museum’s displays more convenient—right now visitors have to take a shuttle to hangars on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to see the presidential aircraft and research exhibits, and time is limited to visit the exhibits.
Funding for the $35 million project is being raised privately. An official groundbreaking was held Tuesday, and construction is expected to wrap up next summer with the new wing opening in 2016.
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