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Air Force museum in Ohio to close some galleries

Tuesday - 4/2/2013, 4:44pm  ET

FILE - This Feb. 23, 2012 file photo shows Casey Simmons checking the engine cowl work at the Memphis Belle restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The national Air Force museum in southwest Ohio will close some galleries starting next month due to federal budget cuts. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Ty Greenlees, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The national Air Force museum in southwest Ohio is closing some galleries starting next month due to federal budget cuts.

The director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton says the presidential and research and development galleries will be closed until further notice beginning May 1.

Museum Director Jack Hudson said Tuesday popular exhibits in the affected galleries include President John F. Kennedy's Air Force One and the high-altitude 1950s bomber the XB-70 Valkyrie. He says museum officials hope to reopen those galleries as soon as possible.

The budget cuts also will end weekly tours of the museum's restoration area after April 26 and cancel some lectures and all of the summer aerospace camps.

The museum has canceled staff training and travel and is deferring non-emergency maintenance.


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