Tour participants meet in the auditorium in the main museum, then take a bus over to the Restoration Hangars. There you split into small groups of no more than 6-8 people and spend a couple hours with your own guide. As with all the other exhibits at the museum, it's completely free - although I'd pay decent money for such a quality tour!
We're both glad we finally had the time because the tour was wonderful. The museum has a paid and volunteer staff of incredibly skilled people constantly at work restoring various airplanes. Right now they have some very famous aircraft over there - including the B-17 Memphis Belle, which you will see in the next post in this series.
New metal wing ribs and the wooden forms used to build them
Helicopter inside the main hangar
Part of the machine shop
Sperry ball turrets - one for a B-17, the other for a B-24
Looking inside a ball turret - can you imagine 6+ hours in there?
Building a replica rudder for a Curtiss A-25A Shrike
A-25A Shrike replica rudder spar - just incredible workmanship
A novel use for used mattresses!
MiG-21 under restoration
This MiG-23 is waiting patiently for its turn under the rivet gun
MiG-25 sans wings (they're still looking for a pair)
This MiG-25 was found buried under the sand in Iraq!
Sukhoi SU-22M4, a re-branded SU-17 that was exported to Middle Eastern nations
X-32A, Boeing's prototype for the Joint Strike Fighter program
The museum got a shuttle! (sarcasm - I'm still bitter about this)
As always, just a reminder that you can access any of the posts in this series by clicking on the USAF Museum tag in the navigation bar to the right or at the bottom of the posts.