About Us

The Air Force Armament Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia associated with Air Force Armament and its platforms of delivery. There are over 29 different aircraft that have found a home at the Air Force Armament Museum including an AC-130, B-17, B-25, B-52, P-51, A-10, F-15, F-16, F-100, F-101, and many other aircraft from the WWII era to the present. There are also several hundred pieces of armament to include a gun collection, bombs, bomblets and missiles to include the Sparrow, Sidewinder, cluster bombs, Bunker Buster and the MOAB. A 32-minute film on the history of Eglin Air Force Base and its role in the development of armament is shown continuously throughout the day. No advance notice is necessary for groups; however, it is best to call ahead at (850) 882-4062 to insure there are no other functions occurring at the same time. Groups with children under 10 years of age must have one adult for every five to seven children. There is a lot to see and do at the Air Force Armament Museum. If you don’t see everything in one visit, there’s always tomorrow and chances are good that we’ll be open.

From 1976 through 1981

The museum was conceived and approved in 1974 but there was no suitable structure available on Eglin Air Force Base until 1976. In the spring of that year, an old Enlisted Club facility became available and the Armament Museum became a reality. To help fund and perpetuate this Museum, the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation (AFAMF), a philanthropic non-profit organization, was established.

From 1976 through 1981, the artifact collection grew, and the Museum averaged nearly 80,000 visitors per year. But, in 1981, the building housing the Museum collection was condemned, and the Museum closed that October.

The AFAM Foundation

The AFAM Foundation then began what became a lengthy effort to find a new home for the Armament Museum. After a slow start, funding effort began in 1984. By mid-1985, $1.2 million in private and corporate donations had been raised and construction of a new 28,000 square foot Museum was underway and in November of the same year, the new Museum was deeded to the United States Air Force and opened to the public.

Over two million

Admittance to the Museum is free of charge and the Museum is closed on Sundays and federal holidays. Over two million people have now visited and enjoyed this Museum. Numerous significant, military-related ceremonies such as promotions, reenlistments, retirements and meetings occur within the Museum each month. Visits by school, church and veterans groups are now almost daily occurrences and the Armament Museum has become an important educational, cultural and social landmark.

Exhibits

Driving onto the grounds of the Air Force Armament Museum, visitors first notice the array of numerous aircraft on display. The fastest plane ever built, the SR-71 Blackbird is the centerpiece flanked by numerous planes from World War II, Korean, Vietnam and Gulf War eras. The Air Force Armament Museum is located on the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle. It is on Highway 85 South, 7 miles north of Fort Walton Beach. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time. It is closed on federal holidays. Tours are self-guided. Photography is permitted and encouraged.

INTRODUCTION

Inside the museum are four aircraft as well as a wide variety of bombs, missiles and rockets. Children young and old will find many interactive displays that entertain as well as educate.

KOREAN WAR

Just before daylight on Sunday June 25, 1950, the North Korea People's Army crossed the 38th parallel of latitude, into the southern portion of Korea. The North Koreans, supported by the Russians and then later the Chinese, invaded and tried to conquer South Korea, which was supported by the United States and other countries operating under the flag of the United Nations.

AIR POWER

On December 22, 1941, Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt met in Washington, D.C. for three weeks, they and their advisory shaped Anglo-American strategy for the war against the Axis powers. The two Allies agreed that Nazi Germany had to be defeated first while they fought only a holding action in the Pacific. Once the European war had been won, they would turn their combined efforts to defeating Japan.

MODERN WEAPONS

Terminal guidance seekers will automatically seek and pin-point moving or standing battlefield targets obscured by weather and protected by electronic shields. Millimeter wave radar technology will be employed to provide high resolution targeting information for accurate terminal homing to the target. Self-forging fragment warheads dispensed from the missile will explosively form and eject a lethal metal slug moving 9 times the speed of sound that can punch a fist-sized hole in thick armor from long ranges. The self-forging fragment warhead technology will be adaptable to guided or unguided cluster submunitions for use in future armament concepts.

VIETNAM WAR

In 1965, when the United States first began to take a full scale role in the war in Southeast Asia, the Air Force was called on to provide direct fire support and airlift to the ground forces. Men and planes adapted admirably, ultimately flying more missions, dropping more bombs, and delivering more men and supplies, with a lower loss rate, than in any previous conflict. The aircraft involved in this war ranged from ancient lumbering propeller planes to sleek supersonic jets.

AIRCRAFT

The C-130 gunship was a new weapon system in an old airframe. Therefore, there were a number of firsts that one model or another chalked up for the gunship. Spectre was operationally tested at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., from June to September 1967. It initially deployed to Nha Trang, Republic of Vietnam Sept. 20, 1967, and flew its first combat mission Sept. 27. Its first truck busting mission was flown Nov. 8, 1967, and all A-model gunships were assigned to Detachment 2, 14th Commando Wing. In 1968, Det. 2 was assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing and became the 16th Special Operations Squadron. At that time the C-130A was renamed the AC-130A.

WORLD WAR I

Aviation came of age in WWI. Eleven years after the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, men in airplanes were shooting at each other over the Western Front, with pistols and rifles at first. Fire and maneuver are the basic elements of warfare, and nowhere did these elements fit better than in this new medium. Machine guns, both fixed and flexible, were in use by 1915. A major breakthrough was the invention, by German engineers, of a synchronizing device which made it possible for guns to be fired through the arcs of propellers.

GULF WAR

Few Campaigns in military history have been as ambitious or successful as Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Sparked by Iraq's Aug. invasion of neighboring Kuwait, U.S. forces joined in an unprecedented international coalition to prevent further Iraq expansionism and to restore Kuwait's legitimist government.

GUN VAULT

The Lewis gun, with or without its air-cooling jacket, was the standard observer's gun in the Allied air services. The revolving drum from which the gun was fed increased in capacity from 47 to 97 rounds in 1916. The Parabellum was used by German observers as was the Spandau. While the name Maxim gun was universal among the Allies for these designs - the Germans simply referred to them as LMG.08 or LMG.08/15 - which were the aviation models of the 1908 Maxim gun.

WORLD WAR II

Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborumOn December 22, 1941, Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt met in Washington, D.C. for three weeks, they and their advisory shaped Anglo-American strategy for the war against the Axis powers. The two Allies agreed that Nazi Germany had to be defeated first while they fought only a holding action in the Pacific. Once the European war had been won, they would turn their combined efforts to defeating Japan.

ARMAMENT

Tactical air-to-ground missile systems technology being developed by the U.S. Air Force for the coming decade will seek and destroy enemy target using mid-course guidance, terminal guidance and self-forging fragment warheads. Mid-course guidance will use lightweight, low-cost, high-capacity, digital electronics to accurately navigate and control missile flight. This fast-response, high-capacity computing capability has been made possible by recent rapid advances in microprocessor technology. Extremely accurate navigational update information will be provided by missile data links with preposition satellites.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS

Mission - ABCCC provides worldwide responsiveness in the employment of its airborne battlefield command and control capability by managing tactical air operation in limited or general war, contingencies, special mission and exercise. Tactical Air Control Center/Allied Tactical Center Extension (TACC/ATOC), Air Support Operation Center (ASOC), Crisis Management Tactical Deployment Control Aircraft (TDCA)

ENGAGE HISTORY WITH CUTTING EDGE INTERACTIVE MEDIA TECHNOLOGY

With the support of AFAM foundation, we are now able to entertain our vistors with the very best advance interactive mix-media displays. This convergence of history , and 21 century influence allows the museum to educate visitors for hours, each visit.

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Artifacts

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  • Aircraft
  • Munitions
  • Virtual Tours

A-10

Aircraft

ABCCC

Virtual Tour

AC-47

Aircraft

ADM-160

Munition

Gun Vault

Virtual Tour

AC-130

Aircraft

AFAM First Floor

Virtual Tour

B-17

Aircraft

AGM-12D

Munition

AFAM Second Floor

Virtual Tour

B-25

Aircraft

AGM-45

Munition

B-25 Doolittle

Virtual Tour

B47

Aircraft

AGM-65

Munition

AFSOC Room

Virtual Tour

B-52

Aircraft

AGM-86B

Munition

B-57

Aircraft

AGM-88

Munition

RF-4

Aircraft

AGM-114

Munition

AGM-130

Munition

F-15

Aircraft

AGM-154A

Munition

F-16

Aircraft

AGM-158

Munition

F-80

Aircraft

AIM-4

Munition

F-84F

Aircraft

AIM-9

Munition

F-86

Aircraft

AIM-120

Munition

F-89

Aircraft

AIR-2

Munition

F-100

Aircraft

AN-M47A3

Munition

F-101

Aircraft

BGM-108A

Munition

F-104

Aircraft

Fatman

Munition

F-105

Aircraft

GBU-24

Munition

F-111

Aircraft

GBU-39

Munition

MH-53

Aircraft

GBU-43/B

Munition

MIG-21

Aircraft

GP Bombs

Munition

O-2

Aircraft

CGM-13

Munition

P-47

Aircraft

P-51

Aircraft

SR-71

Aircraft

T-33

Aircraft

UH-1

Aircraft

Leadership

Established in 1969, The Air Force Armament Museum Foundation; has served as a philanthropic corporation with the mission of assisting in the developmental growth of The Air Force Armament Museum. The Air Force Armament Museum Foundation would like to thank all of our members for their support.

Gordon E. Fornell

Chairman of the Board

Edward L. Hubbard

President

Samuel O. Dawson

Vice President

Timothy O'Keefe, Jr.

Treasurer

James F. Wolff

Secretary

Michael D. Lucchesi

Grant Developer

Robert J. Arnold

Committee Member

Arthur J. Rosenbaum

Committee Member

Karen Spence

Committee Member

David Fitzpatrick

Director

Gift Shop

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  • Models
  • Night Lights
  • Wood Puzzles

A-2 Bomber Jacket

Brown Faux Leather A-2 Bomber Jacket

with Patches - $55.00

Sizes: 2T, 4T, 4/5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14

(Clean with a wet cloth and mild soap)

Sample Cap

Styles change constantly.

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All hats cost $15.00.

C-130 EZ Build Kit

Prepainted and all you have to do is screw together the parts with the enclosed screwdriver.

$13.99 each

AC-130 Night Light

Night lights make a great gift!

$15.99 each

F-15 Wooden Puzzle/Model

One of our best sellers!

Kids and adults enjoy putting them together.

Prices range from $3.99 to $12.99

MA-1 Flight Jacket

Green MA-1 Flight Jacket

with Patches - $55.00

Sizes: 2T, 4T, 4/5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14

(Washable Nylon)

Sample Cap

Styles change constantly.

Email or call for the current available inventory.

All hats cost $15.00.

F-35 EZ Build Kit

Prepainted and all you have to do is screw together the parts with the enclosed screwdriver.

$13.99 each

AF Wings Night Light

Night lights make a great gift!

$15.99 each

Humvee Wooden Puzzle/Model

One of our best sellers!

Kids and adults enjoy putting them together.

Prices range from $3.99 to $12.99

Pink Flight Jacket

Girls' Pink Flight Jacket

with Patches - $55.00

Sizes: 2T, 4T, 4/5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14

(Washable Nylon)

Sample Cap

Styles change constantly.

Email or call for the current available inventory.

All hats cost $15.00.

SR-71 EZ Build Kit

Prepainted and all you have to do is screw together the parts with the enclosed screwdriver.

$13.99 each

AH-64 Night Light

Night lights make a great gift!

$15.99 each

Carbine 15 Wooden Puzzle/Model

One of our best sellers!

Kids and adults enjoy putting them together.

Prices range from $3.99 to $12.99

Contact Us

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Address

100 Museum Drive, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida 32542

Phone Number

Museum - +1 850-882-4062

Museum Foundation - +1 850-651-1808

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