DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration have claimed another victim, this time at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Beginning May 1, the Presidential and Research and Development Galleries will be closed until further notice.
"This was not an easy decision, as we have several popular exhibits in the Presidential and R&D Galleries, including President Kennedy's Air Force One and the XB-70 Valkyrie," Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson said. "Our goal has been to make every effort to maintain museum operations to the maximum extent possible, and we hope to reopen these galleries as soon as possible."
The museum will remain open to visitors seven days a week, but the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., will step in to fund one day a week during May through September.
"It makes good sense for us to do what we can to support this budgetary crisis the Air Force is experiencing," says retired Lt. Gen. Dick Reynolds, who heads the foundation.
Additional sequestration impacts include the weekly Behind the Scenes Tours of the museum's restoration area, which will end after the April 26 tour until further notice, as well as cancelation of the Wings & Things Guest Lectures on April 30 and May 22 and all summer Aerospace Camps.
"These are opportunities to inspire our kids and tell them the air force story that we'll miss," Hudson says.
Hudson is hopeful a new federal budget in October will include enough money to reopen the exhibits.
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