Presidential planes off limits to public this fall as Ohio base prepares to move fleet

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DAYTON, Ohio — Galleries housing dozens of presidential and historic planes will close to the public this fall as an Ohio Air Force base prepares to move them to a new hangar.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force base near Dayton said the new $35.4 million hangar will open in 2016. The galleries currently housing the planes will close in October so the planes can be prepared for towing, the Dayton Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1C4yCoK ).

While the planes will be out of public view for months before the move, officials say the new 224,000 square foot hangar will allow access to thousands more visitors.

The military museum attracts more than 1 million visitors each year, but visitors can currently only see the presidential and research and development galleries on a first-come, first-served basis. About 61,825 people visited those galleries last year, the museum said.

An opening date for the new facility has not been announced, but officials have said they expect it will open by spring of next year.

Among the historic feet is the plane upon which President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in after President John F. Kennedy's assassination. The jet flew eight presidents in all, from Kennedy to Bill Clinton.

An XB-70 Valkyrie bomber, a YF-12A interceptor and other experimental aircraft development will also be transferred to the new hangar.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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