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Visitors will get a closer look at National Air Force Museum aircraft beginning this month

DAYTON — Visitors will have the chance to take a sneak peek inside multiple different aircraft at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

This month, a different aircraft from the museum collection will be on display and open for a closer look on certain days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 17, visitors will be able to walk through the AC-130A Spectre, which is a C-130 converted to a gunship and primarily used for night attacks against ground targets, according to a news release from the museum.

Saturday, May 8, there will be a chance to look inside the cockpit of the F-22A Raptor. The Raptor combines stealth, maneuverability and the ability to fly long distances at supersonic speeds in performance of air superiority and air-to-ground missions.

Saturday, June 19, you can check out the C-7A Caribou which is a twin-engine, short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility transport aircraft originally delivered to the U.S. Army in 1961, but in January 1967, the responsibility for all fixed-wing tactical transports was transferred to the U.S. Air Force.

The museum often gets requests from visitors to look inside some of the aircraft so this new addition is offering that opportunity, said a museum spokesperson.

One aircraft will be open per month for four hours during a Friday or Saturday.

The schedule of aircraft to be opened each month will be announced in advance on a quarterly basis.

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