The History and Museums program is charged with the mission of preserving USAF history. The program is comprised of historians and archivists; writers and editors; national and base museums; research centers; command, base and unit history offices; and other historical organizations.
This page is a simple directional pointer -- it should help users determine which of the three major Air Force Historical web pages has the information they need -- the National Museum of the USAF (NMUSAF), or the Air Force Historical Research Agency, (AFHRA), or the Air Force Historical Studies Office, (AFHSO). See the "Quick Links" boxes on the far right of this page.
Though there is a commonality and similarity of information on each of the Air Force historical web pages, each of the organizations has a unique collection and a unique mission.
The Air Force Historical Studies Office, located at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, D.C., is the book writing element of the Air Force History and Museums program and also provides historical research services to Headquarters, USAF.
The Air Force Historical Research Agency, located at Maxwell AFB, AL, is an archive and repository for Air Force historical documents. It consists today of over 70,000,000 pages devoted to the history of the service, and represents the world's largest and most valuable organized collection of documents on US military aviation.
Learn more about The Archives at the Historical Research Agency, from the pamphlet by Mary Dixie Dysart.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The museum showcases USAF history through its exhibits and special events to more than one million visitors each year.
See a quick slideshow OVERVIEW of some of the exhibits at the NMUSAF.