The world's largest and oldest military aviation museum (I read that in a brochure) is on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Admission is free, but we paid the AF Museum Foundation for an Aircraft Locator Souvenir Map. (Construction of a 4th building is being funded entirely by the Foundation--I think it's pretty cool that my $2 will be used for that.)
There's a reproduction of the Wright Brothers 1909 Military Flyer. The original is at the Smithsonian--they always get the good stuff. There are a couple of wind tunnels they designed (1905 and 1916). I thought they were a much more modern invention, like maybe in my lifetime. (I really am learning a lot on this trip!)
This is my favorite plane in the Early Years Gallery--it was built by Boeing in the 1930s. Sure doesn't look like a Dreamliner, does it?
Then through a big hallway into the WWII Gallery.
What did we miss? Galleries for Korean War, SE Asia War, Cold War and Missile & Space. Next time we're in southwest Ohio, we'll be sure to stop by.
I took a lot more pictures. You can see them if you go to this link. Pics of Natl Museum of USAF