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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Air Force Armament Museum

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Air Force Armament Museum

The Air Force Armament Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia associated with Air Force armament and its platforms of delivery. The museum allows visitors to experience aviation warfare armament from the early days of World War I right through to today's high tech planes and bombs. It houses an extensive collection of weaponry and interactive displays, and its outdoor displays include vintage military aircraft including the fastest plane ever built, the SR-71 Blackbird.

The museum was conceived and approved in 1974, but there was no suitable structure available on Eglin Air Force Base until 1976. In the spring of that year, an old Enlisted Club facility became available and the Air Force Armament Museum became a reality. From 1976 through 1981, the artifact collection grew, and the Museum averaged nearly 80,000 visitors per year. But, in 1981, the building housing the Museum collection was condemned, and the Museum closed that October. The present 28,000 square foot building was opened to the public in November 1985.

Over one million people have now visited and enjoyed the Museum. Numerous significant, military-related ceremonies such as promotions, reenlistments, retirements, and meetings occur within the Museum each month. Visits by school, church, and veterans groups are now almost daily occurrences, and the Air Force Armament Museum has become an important educational, cultural, and social landmark.

Museum:
100 Museum Drive, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Monday - Saturday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays
For more information, call 850-651-1808

The Air Force Armament Museum is off Hwy. 85 South in Okaloosa County, about two miles south of the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Admission is free, and you do not need to have base access to visit.

Website: www.afarmamentmuseum.com