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From: Germantown, WI USA
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posted 04-02-2013 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force release
Museum announces initial sequestration impacts

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will close its Presidential and Research and Development Galleries until further notice beginning May 1, 2013, as part of budget reduction requirements due to sequestration.

According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, museum leadership has been working with the Air Force to comply with Department of Defense sequestration guidance to determine the best possible course of action for reducing museum operational and maintenance costs with the least impact to the public.

"This was not an easy decision, as we have several popular exhibits in the Presidential and R&D Galleries, including President Kennedy's Air Force One and the XB-70 Valkyrie," Hudson said. "Our goal has been to make every effort to maintain museum operations to the maximum extent possible, and we hope to reopen these galleries as soon as possible."

The main museum complex will remain open to visitors from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. The Air Force will fund utility costs for six days each week, and the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., will fund those costs one day per week from May through September.

"The Air Force Museum Foundation proudly supports the growth and expansion of the museum, as well as special events and programs," said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard V. Reynolds, chairman of the Foundation's Board of Managers. "In these extraordinary budgetary circumstances, it only makes sense to assist with day-to-day operations as well, employing funds earned from Foundation business operations and investments."

Additional sequestration impacts include the weekly Behind the Scenes Tours of the museum's restoration area, which will end after the April 26 tour until further notice, as well as cancellation of the Wings & Things Guest Lectures on April 30 and May 22 and all summer Aerospace Camps.

Other scheduled museum events also could be affected. Details will be announced on the museum's website as those events near.

Reductions announced earlier in the year have been extended to include the cancellation of all staff training and travel, minimal funding for mission critical supplies and the deferral of non-emergency facility maintenance.

"These are challenging times; however, we will continue our mission of sharing the Air Force story with the public and inspiring our youth," Hudson said. "We'll also keep providing information about museum exhibits and activities 24/7 through our website and virtual tour."

As the press release notes, this includes the various Air Force One planes and the XB-70 Valkyrie. The last time I visited the museum (which I believe was about four years ago), the various X-planes (X-1B, X-15, X-24A, X-24B) and the YF-12 were also among the planes displayed in the R&D Hangar.


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posted 04-02-2013 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for canyon42   Click Here to Email canyon42     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The X-planes are indeed still over there. I never quite understood why the museum moved the X-15 out of the main facility — one of only two remaining in the world, I don't get why they wouldn't display it where most of the visitors would see it.

I don't even know for sure when it was moved over there — I know it used to be in one of the main hangars.

Along with the Apollo 15 command module it was one of my favorite things in the museum when I was growing up. I'll be curious to see if they move it to the newest hangar (along with the shuttle trainer and the other spacecraft) when that opens.


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posted 04-03-2013 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A shame — and they cancelled all airshow appearances by the Thunderbirds too.


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posted 04-04-2013 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by canyon42:
I'll be curious to see if they move it to the newest hangar (along with the shuttle trainer and the other spacecraft) when that opens.

The plan is to move the X-15 over to the new hangar, once it's built. There is some concern that sequestration fallout may affect fundraising for the new hangar, meaning its construction would be delayed.

I'm personally bummed about this because those hangars will be closed all together (not just cut off from the buses), even to base employees. I like to take visitors up there to see all the R&D aircraft, without having to wait for the bus.

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