Air Force Museum Expansion Gets Big Boost

Lockheed Martin donated $10 million to the Air Force Museum Foundation to support construction of a 200,000-square-foot expansion project at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. “[T]his contribution is the largest pledge we have ever received in support of the museum,” said Charles Faruki, chairman of the foundation’s board. Planned is a new addition, scheduled for opening in 2014, to house the museum’s space gallery, Presidential aircraft gallery, and global reach gallery featuring cargo and tanker aircraft. “The new addition will significantly enhance the museum’s ability to tell the full Air Force story and will be a platform to increase the education of students and teachers,” said Faruki. The foundation now has $34 million in cash and pledges for the construction project, which has an estimated $47 million price tag. Boeing has gifted $5 million. (Dayton release)