The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has unveiled its plans for its fourth building. It will now include aircraft from the Research and Development gallery, along with Presidential Aircraft. Visitors will now be able to see the popular XB 70 and experimental aircraft, like the flying saucer like Avrocar. The plans also include an expanded Space gallery.
Previously, museum visitors without military access had to pay to take a shuttle to the Presidential and R&D galleries. In a press release, Museum director Lt. General Jack Hudson says this will allow for more educational outreach opportunities and will be more accessible to the public.
“The fourth building will help us further tell the Air Force story with the addition of many rare, one-of-a-kind aircraft, including some from the R&D Gallery, which along with the presidential aircraft, are highly regarded by our visitors,” said Hudson. “All visitors will be able to see these aircraft and we will no longer have to bear the cost of shuttle buses to those galleries.”
Construction on the building is expected next year and is expected to open in 2015. The Air Force Museum continues to raise funds for the project. It says it already has 38 million dollars in its 46 million dollar goal for the expansion.