On April 18, 1942, in response to the Japanese attack the previous December on Pearl Harbor, 80 men in 16 B-25 bombers took off on a secret mission to bomb Japan. Led by James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, they became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
On Saturday, three of the four remaining Raiders met for what is likely to be the last time at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is reopening two galleries on a limited basis due to popular demand.
The Dayton-area museum says the Presidential Gallery and the Research and Development Gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday beginning this Thursday. They closed May 1 because of federal budget reductions.
The impacts of the partial federal government shutdown are beginning to ripple across Ohio.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton has closed, canceling all tours and other events. The museum has some 1 million visitors a year and is a popular place for military reunions. A spokeswoman has said that all but three security staff members of 95 museum employees would be furloughed.
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.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has unveiled its plans for its fourth building. It will now include aircraft from the Research and Development gallery, along with Presidential Aircraft. Visitors will now be able to see the popular XB 70 and experimental aircraft, like the flying saucer like Avrocar. The plans also include an expanded Space gallery.