X-planes on parade at Air Force Museum as move-in begins
Last Friday the National Museum of the United States Air Force brought the first aircraft to be placed into its new 224,000 square foot hangar - the X-15 - accompanied by former test pilot, astronaut and 2001 National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee, retired M/Gen. Joe Engle. The moves continued this week with more X-planes being towed from the museum's "annex" on Wright-Patterson over to the new hangar's "R&D" section. This fourth hangar will eventually also house the Presidential Aircraft, the Global Reach, and Space collections. It is scheduled to open to the public in June of 2016.
A display area for spectators has been set up near the access road where each aircraft is first washed and then photographed before it is brought to the hangar entrance. The moving process will take place over the coming months, with weather being a key factor. For more information about the moving schedule visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.