National Museum of the U.S. Air Force activities

World War II commemoration events

Aug. 7-14

On Aug. 9, 1945, the B-29 Bockscar dropped the “Fat Man” atomic bomb on Nagasaki, which led to Japan’s unconditional surrender and the end World War II. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force – where the B-29 Bockscar and an actual “Fat Man” atomic bomb are on display – will have several special opportunities to commemorate it.

Family Day: National Aviation Day

Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Celebrate National Aviation Day with free educational activities during Family Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. National Aviation Day is a celebration of all things related to aviation and is held on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday (144 years ago on Aug. 19). During Family Day, museum visitors will learn about achievements in aviation and aerospace from the time of the Wright brothers’ first flight to modern Air Force technology.

Giant Scale RC Model Aircraft Show

Sept. 4-6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visitors will see some of history’s well-known airframes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force over Labor Day weekend, but they won’t be the ones inside the galleries. Instead, scale versions of those aircraft will fly over the museum, regaling spectators with daring aerobatics. The Giant Scale Radio-Controlled (RC) Model Aircraft Air Show is scheduled for Sept. 4-6.