- Associated Press - Friday, February 18, 2011

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio says a major expansion project has received a $5 million boost from Boeing Co.

Museum officials announcing the aircraft maker’s gift on Thursday said it will go toward construction of a new, 200,000-square-foot building at the museum near Dayton in southwest Ohio. The building will be the museum’s fourth and will house its collection of presidential aircraft and a space exhibit. The institution is hoping to land a retired space shuttle.

Boeing vice president Chris Raymond says in a statement that the company is committed to helping the Air Force share its stories and lessons.

Construction on the new museum building is currently scheduled to begin in 2013, followed by an opening in 2014.