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National Air Force Museum opens new exhibit on Air Force One

Air Force One lands at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July on 3, 2020.

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By DANIEL SUSCO | Springfield News-Sun | Published: August 6, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has announced that it will open a new exhibit titled "Flying the President," featuring memorabilia flown aboard Air Force One from administrations ranging from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Donald Trump.

In particular, the exhibit will highlight the members of the Air Force who perform the task of transporting the president and other high-ranking government officials.

Among the items included in the exhibit are dozens of objects from each administration, such as a gin rummy score card from the Truman administration, President Kennedy's cigar box, memorabilia from President Nixon's 1979 visit to China and candies from the Eisenhower, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations. Also included are badges, bags and uniform items given to members of the crew.

This permanent exhibit will be in the museum's Presidential Gallery.

The museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio reopened last month after being closed for 108 days due to the coronavirus with promises of new exhibits and a new emphasis on visitor safety.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers free admission and parking. Masks are required during the pandemic.

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