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90 MW Airmen visit The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing views the B-29 Superfortress "Bockscar" exhibit within the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Bockscar was the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing views the B-29 Superfortress "Bockscar" exhibit within the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Bockscar was the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Airman 1st Class Brittany Parsons, 90th Comptroller Squadron financial operations technician, takes a picture of the Doolittle Raid exhibit in The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The museum is 19 acres of indoor viewing space, making it the worlds largest aviation museum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Airman 1st Class Brittany Parsons, 90th Comptroller Squadron financial operations technician, takes a picture of the Doolittle Raid exhibit in The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The museum is 19 acres of indoor viewing space, making it the worlds largest aviation museum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Dr. Doug Lantry, The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force historian, gives Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing a tour of the museum during their heritage and teamwork trip Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The trip allowed Airmen to receive a greater insite into the history of the ICBM history and air power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Dr. Doug Lantry, The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force historian, gives Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing a tour of the museum during their heritage and teamwork trip Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The trip allowed Airmen to receive a greater insite into the history of the ICBM history and air power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., visit The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The 90th Missile Wing Airmen visited the museum in order to gain knowledge on the heritage and teamwork within the ICBM mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., visit The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The 90th Missile Wing Airmen visited the museum in order to gain knowledge on the heritage and teamwork within the ICBM mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

During a tour of The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing visited the restoration hangar, viewing aircraft and artifacts being repaired before placement in the museum. The restoration hangar reviews every item donated to the museum and makes the necessary repairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

During a tour of The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing visited the restoration hangar, viewing aircraft and artifacts being repaired before placement in the museum. The restoration hangar reviews every item donated to the museum and makes the necessary repairs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

A group of Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo,. tour a space trainer at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The museum has four hangars dedicated to different eras of history within the Air Force, including the space gallery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

A group of Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo,. tour a space trainer at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The museum has four hangars dedicated to different eras of history within the Air Force, including the space gallery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

ICBM missiles sit on display at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., visited the museum to learn more about the heritage behind the ICBM mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Abbigayle Williams)

ICBM missiles sit on display at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., visited the museum to learn more about the heritage behind the ICBM mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Abbigayle Williams)

The V-2 rocket sits on display at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The rocket was the worlds first long range guided ballistic missile, making it the precursor to the ICBM mission and the Minuteman III. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

The V-2 rocket sits on display at The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Sept. 4, 2019, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The rocket was the worlds first long range guided ballistic missile, making it the precursor to the ICBM mission and the Minuteman III. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

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The Airmen followed white arrows down a long hall and around the corner, listening to the tour guide enthusiastically talk about Air Force history. At the end of the arrows sat the expansive National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the beginning of a two-day tour for Airmen from F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.

Personnel from F. E. Warren organized a tour Sept. 4 and 5 to the museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio to learn about the history of the intercontinental ballistic missile and educate Airmen on heritage while promoting teamwork.

One of the main goals for this trip was to emphasize the need for teamwork and to show how it affects the mission. Throughout the museum tour, Dr. Doug Lantry, The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force historian, and Kyle Brislan, 90th Missile Wing historian, spoke on historical events that were shaped by excellent teamwork, such as the Doolittle Raid.

“Air Force teamwork is everyone coming together to do the mission,” said Capt. Brandon Burton, 90th Operations Group nuclear missile operator. “In the museum, we see the pilots and the planes they flew, and that’s what we remember. We remember the Doolittle Raiders. What we don’t see are the mechanics and support staff that came together to make that mission possible. They are what Air Force teamwork is all about.”

The four-hangar expansive museum is home to hundreds of exhibits across more than 19 acres of indoor viewing space.

The group was able to see aircraft such as the B-29 Superfortress named Bockscar, the B-17F Flying Fortress named Memphis Belle, and the VC-137C Air Force One (SAM 26000). Additionally, they visited the restoration hangar to learn about the preservation process and to see some of the aircraft under repair. Finally, the Airmen were able to see an Atlas missile not currently on display in the missile gallery.

Besides seeing unique aircraft from history, conducting heritage trips for Airmen may present a greater understanding of the Air Force’s mission and the teamwork it took to get us where we are today.

“History is amazing,” said Staff Sgt. Kayla Huntley, 90th Medical Group bioenvironmental technician. “It is always remarkable to find out where you started and how far you’ve come. Seeing everything the Air Force has done over the years to make us stronger, faster and better is incredible.”

Airmen who do not traditionally get to work together due to mission responsibilities were able to come together for a week, discussing the importance of working together and unit cross-talk.

The airmen also learned that in July 1954, the Western Development Division was established, and oversaw the development of the Air Force’s ICBM program and the first-generation liquid-propellant ICBMs. At the height of the Cold War, the Air Force maintained more than 1,200 ICBMs. Currently, Air Force Global Strike Command maintains a fleet of approximately 450 missiles at three military installations.