WHERE: Grounds of the National
Museum of the U.S. Air Force,
TIME: Gates open at 4 p.m.
Features & Displays
Tattoo 2014 will feature a lot of things to see and do on the grounds of the National Museum of the USAF:
USAF Recruiting Services
Air Force Recruiting will have a stellar display on hand to highlight what it's like to be an American Airmen.
Family Fun Zone
Family entertainment is one of the goals of the Tattoo, which means there will be plenty activities to partake in. A children's play area with lots of activities for the kids will be available for the whole family to share in the fun.
Tattoo - Meet the Bands
Tattoo 2014 will provide some of the best FREE live entertainment in the Miami Valley this year. Several bands with their own unique style will entertain our guests.
Meet the bands:
USAF Band of Flight
They Air Force Band of Flight has long been a staple of the Tattoo lineup that pleases our guests year after year -- and they will be back for Tattoo 2014.
History of the Tattoo
Freedom's Call 2014, the Air Force Materiel Command Tattoo is an adaptation of a time-honored military tradition, featuring ceremonial musical performances by the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, military aircraft flyovers, airpower demonstrations, static displays and evening fireworks.
The musical Tattoo traces its heritage to earliest days of organized warfare, when armies found it necessary to signal troops when to advance, retreat, turn, all from a distance and over the din of battle. The blare of a bugle, boom of drums, pitched whistle of fifes, or haunting wail of bagpipes proved very effective for sending these signals. These instruments, alone or in combination, became known as field music. Soldiers regularly drilled to the signals of field music so that in battle their reaction would become instinctive.
Also through the ages, soldiers have sought fellowship and relaxation at taverns near their barracks. By the mid-seventeenth century, military police in Europe would pass through the streets at the end of the day with field music, most often by snare and bass drummers, to sound a signal that the tavern owners were to close the taps on casks of wine or beer, and soldiers should assemble to march back to their barracks.
The word "tattoo" as it is used here, is derived from the mid-seventeenth century Dutch "taptoe" which was a combination of two Dutch words - "tap" meaning faucet, and "toe" which meant "shut". So literally the Dutch word "taptoe" meant shut the tap.
The Tattoo or 'drum beat at the end of day' was eventually expanded to include any sort of ceremonial drum-heavy performance with marching units and military music.
Today, the Tattoo is an unforgettable spectacle combining military drill, inspiring music, and historical naration with aircraft flyovers and fireworks demonstrations that are to excite the senses and patriotic feeling among guests of all ages.
Tattoo Parking Map
Airway Road will be closed to all traffic between Woodman Drive and Spinning Road.
2014 Featured Performer
Keep checking here for the announcement of the featured performer of the June 27, AFMC Freedom's Call Tattoo.
Once again, there will be plenty of FREE parking for all Tattoo patrons!
Guests without a base ID:
Three gates are open for guests without a base ID
- The Museum Gate
- Located on Springfield Pike in front of
the National Museum of the USAF
- The Armory Gate
- Located on Harshmann Rd. between
Springfield Pike and Airway Rd.
- Spinning Road Gate
- Located at the intersection of Spinning
Rd. and Airway Rd.
Guests with a base ID:
One additional gate is provided for our guests who have a base ID
- Gate 22B
- Located just off of Col. Glenn Highway
Air Force Materiel Command's tenth annual Tattoo is Friday, June 27, 2014 on the grounds behind the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB. The Tattoo is open to the general public. Admission and parking are free. Recorded event information is available by calling 937-255-7207.
For the fifth consecutive year, a major musical entertainer is making an appearance! Check back soon for more information!
Tattoo will commemorate the anniversary of the Vietnam Conflict. It will be an opportunity to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service
and sacrifice on behalf of the United States. It will also be a time to thank and honor their families.
The AFMC Tattoo is more than a military spectacle. It is an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous community and family support provided everyday to our men and women in uniform. As one of the largest single-site employers in Ohio and spanning four counties, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base receives outstanding support from its surrounding communities even as its people give back by helping to defend America.
The Tattoo will feature flyovers by various heritage and current aircraft, music and narration by the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight and a special guest entertainer, on-stage performances and fireworks. Technical displays featuring cutting-edge Air Force technologies, static displays of military equipment, bouncy castles and other activities for children are all a part of this very special event.
Gates will open with pre-show activities at 4:00 p.m. The main event begins promptly at 8 p.m. and concludes with fireworks under the night sky. The AFMC Tattoo can be accessed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base through the National Museum main entrance on Springfield Pike (Gate 28B), the Armory gate on Harshman Rd. and the gate at the intersection of Airway and Spinning Roads. Gate 22B will be open only for visitors with base identification.
RTA Shuttle Buses
RTA buses ease traffic congestion
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and Wright State University have partnered with Wright-Patterson AFB to provide transportation to and from the AFMC "Freedom's Call" Tattoo 2014.
Interested spectators may park at the Nutter Center in Lot #20 (Click here for map). RTA buses will run every 10 to 15 minutes from 4 to 11 p.m. Click on the RTA image below for a parking map at the Nutter Center.
Riders may bring lawn chairs and blankets on the buses.
RTA provides handicap-accessible buses.
Motorcyclists are encouraged to use the hard-surface parking at the Nutter Center and ride the RTA shuttle to the event.
What to bring and leave home
The Tattoo is designed to be a family-friendly, outdoor event for people of all ages.
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a camera.
Please note for security reasons that coolers, backpacks, skateboards, in-line skates and glass bottles, knives and weapons of any kind, to include pepper spray, are not permitted. Pets are not permitted on the event grounds, so please leave your furry friends at home. Strollers, infant diaper bags, cameras and their cases, small purses and pocketbooks are permitted, but subject to inspection. Refreshments are available for purchase during the event from an expanded number of concessionaires.
The Official Web Site of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base