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Fourth building opens at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Air Force Museum Opens New Hangar

AIR FORCE MUSEUM (WRGT)-- The newest building has opened at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Hundreds of flying fanatics lined up Wednesday morning to get one of the first looks inside the new hangar.

The ribbon was cut just after 9 a.m. on the 224,000 square foot space.

People came from all over the country but everyone knows the museum is something special for Dayton to hang its hat on.

We talked with several vets who wanted to see the planes from when they were in the service.

"The two things that I really wanted to see today were the "Hanoi Hilton Taxi" and the Presidential plane," said Ted Arseneau who is retired from the U.S. Air Force.

The Huber Heights resident served for 22 years.

"I was in Hawaii for a number of years when they started bringing the POW's back from (Vietnam)," said Arseneau.

The "Hanoi Taxi" he's talking about is the C-141 Starlifter.

"I was fortunate to be able to go down to the flight-line and meet some of the POW's that had been released and were on their way home finally after being in captivity for a number of years," said Arseneau.

You can walk through the aircraft and see what it was like to sit where many of those POW's rode.

Not only can you see some amazing aircraft at the newest exhibit but you can even go inside some of them and actually see what it's like to fly like a president.

The Presidential plane was one of the biggest draws.

Charlie Bury and his wife had no idea the museum's fourth building wads set to open this morning.

"Didn't even know it was the grand opening so this is a special experience. We had no clue it was happening until we got here. So we're thrilled being here," said Bury.

Bury spent more than 20 years in the Army National Guard.

"The crews that manned these gave us our freedom and our ability to be here today and see these aircraft. Think of the leadership that was on these planes, the decisions that were made, it's just remarkable and gives me goose bumps just thinking about it," said Bury.

You can walk through the same aisle that Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.

The museum is celebrating the grand opening all weekend. There will be a costumed characters, flight simulators and many other "hands on" activities Saturday and Sunday.

A former astronaut will also be at the museum Saturday morning and the best part it's free.

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