The Moving the Museum exhibit is created from archival images which depict the order and scale of the massive move that required moving static aircraft into a new 300,000 square foot facility. The exhibit includes documents and photos never before displayed to show the history of the museum and the monumental effort it took to move the museum.
Originally established at Offutt Air Force Base, the SAC Museum grew and evolved over nearly four decades. With this growth came the need for a larger facility. But moving 39 aircraft, missiles, and thousands of artifacts more than 30 miles overland is quite a challenge. Moving the Museum exhibit features how a world class museum was built out of rural farm land along with past and recent achievements.
This mural spans 82’, taking guest through the great adventure of the world’s largest static aircraft move. The mural will stand as a testament to all those who took part in the mammoth project and will be on long term public display beginning August 22, 2015.
Aviation Hall of Fame exhibit opens Sept 4, 2015 and will remain open through Nov 15, 2015. The exhibit features twelve prints from the work of Charles H. Hubble, a renowned aviation artist. Taken from the 1969 series titled “Aviation Hall of Fame” Hubble chose 30 individuals for the Hall of Fame though only 12 were depicted in the TRW Inc. calendar in 1969.
Each print depicts some of the greatest achievements in aviation history. The exhibit includes aviation history makers such as the Wright Brothers, Alfred Cunningham, Eddie Rickenbacker, Billy Mitchell and Carl Spatz. The Wright Brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk in 1903, some of their most important advancements happened near Dayton, Ohio at Simms Station between 1904 and 1908. Alfred Cunningham, the first Marine Corps aviator and Eddie Rickenbacker, the most successful American fighter ace of WWI. Also depicted are such events as Billy Mitchell and the sinking of the German battleship Osfriesland which would eventually usher in the dawn of strategic bombing as well as Carl “Tooey” Spatz and his demonstration of air-to-air refueling capabilities, which would extend the range of all military aircraft.]]>
Video: WWII veterans meet in Omaha for final reunion
The group’s leaders are retiring, so this weekend’s reunion will be their final one. One of the stops in Omaha for the veterans was the Strategic Air and Space Museum, which brings back memories for some.
“Every time I look at that ball turret, I think it was smaller than it was when I was in it,” Richard Shields said.
Based in Italy during the war, Shields trained on B-17s like the one in the museum. Thursday, he reminisced about his comrades.
“They were like brothers, you could always depend on them,” Shields recalled.
“There are only about nine or 10 of us left,” Bill Mihalo, a fellow veteran, said.
Mihalo admits, as he and the other veterans age, it becomes more difficult to travel to reunions each year.
“Don’t forget I’m going to be 95 next week,” Mihalo said.
“It’s actually hard to think about,” said Shields. “They (the reunions) can’t last forever.”
But through their stories, their legacy will live on.
“We were fortunate enough to get 58 missions over in Europe,” Shields said. “At 17, it probably looked like a big adventure. A fantasy world. Of course you learn right away, it isn’t a fantasy world.”
“The first airplane I ever went on was with Jimmy Stewart, the actor,” Mihalo said.
“We all thank God that we came home,” Shields said. “A lot didn’t. They are the true heroes.”
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The public tours will be offered at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm and led by a Museum docent who will introduce guests to the aircraft and the people who served WWII. The tour will include the Museum’s B-17, A-26, B-25, C-47 and B-29 aircraft. The tour will last about one hour and will culminate at the B-29 bomber and memorial wreath where guests are encouraged to sign a memorial book in remembrance of all those who served during WWII.
The Museum also encourages guests to peruse the Museum after the tour and walk through the self-guided Holocaust exhibit offered by the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE), Searching for Humanity: Veterans, Victims, and Survivors of World War II
The Museum will offer viewings into two aircraft, the B-29 and the C-47 during the hours of 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Museum also features an exhibit on the Martin Bomber Plant-Nebraska. The B-29 bombers used to drop the Atomic bombs that forced Japan to ultimately surrender, “Enola Gay” and “Bockscar” were produced right here in Nebraska at the Martin Bomber Plant.
The event and tours are free with paid admission. Admission rates are: Adult $12, Child (4-12) $6, Military/Senior $11.]]>
The Strategic Air & Space Museum Family Fun Carnival includes special amusements and attractions including:
The museum is open until 5:00pm on Saturday and guests can take advantage of four exhibits plus over 40 artifacts on display. The Nano exhibit, offered by Nebraska’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), includes hands-on, interactive stations that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications. Tech City Exhibit has 12 interactive stations focused on real world engineering problems! The Museum is also hosting an aviation art exhibit, Flight Through Time, by artist Charles Hubbell and a General Curtis LeMay exhibit. This exhibit focuses on Gen. LeMay’s tenure as Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC) with glimpses into his earlier life and post SAC days. These exhibits are free with paid admission to the Museum.
The carnival is free with the cost of admission. Parking is free. Standard admission rates are: Adult $12, Child (4-12) $6, Military/Senior $11.]]>
Followed by the presentation, Anderson will be available until 4:00 PM to autograph books purchased during the event. Guests can purchase The Ordinary Spaceman at the Museum’s gift shop for $29.99.
The event is free with paid admission to the Museum. The Museum is open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM daily, guests are encouraged to arrive early and visit the Museum’s offerings. The Strategic Air & Space Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, offers guests an up-close, first-hand experience to learn about the Museum’s collection of historical military aircraft, missiles and spacecraft from the Cold War era. Over 40 artifacts are on display. including a Clayton Anderson exhibit.
The book signing is free with the cost of admission. Parking is free. Standard admission rates are: Adult $12, Child (4-12) $6, Military/Senior $11.
This decision came about from a process involving many months of community engagement feedback. When executive director, Dr. Mike McGinnis, joined the Museum in January of 2014, one of his top priorities was to develop a five-year plan for the Museum. The plan consisted of three strategic initiatives: (1) preserve the history of Strategic Air Command (SAC); (2) develop and deliver STEM education to K-12 groups; and, (3) upgrade the museum’s appearance and facilities. Based on the new strategic plan, the vision for the Museum is clear. “The museum has a unique opportunity to be known for its excellence in preserving aviation and space related history, exhibitions, and the science and technology that tell the stories of the Strategic Air Command and those who served, fought and won the Cold War,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis.
As part of its strategic planning process, the Museum’s executive team met with numerous community leaders and groups. Feedback from these meetings led to a study for renaming the museum which was approved by the Board of Directors in December 2014. In March, feedback from museum visitors, community leaders and groups about renaming the Museum was overwhelmingly in favor (92%) of a name change that put “Strategic Air Command” or “SAC” back in the name. At the March Board of Directors meeting, these results were presented and the Board moved to proceed with an analysis of selecting a new name for the museum. On June 24, 2015 the Museum’s executive team presented results from public voting, and a budget for the name change, to the Board of Directors. The Board voted unanimously to change the name.
Throughout the entire process, the museum received thousands of votes and comments. “The Museum staff and Board of Directors agree it is important to pay tribute to SAC’s history for generations of Americans here in Nebraska and from outside our local communities,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis. “In addition, we are an air and space museum that offers guests and youth STEM educational experiences related to the physics of air and space flight. The new name reflects the Museum’s vision to offer guests the opportunity to learn about the history of Strategic Air Command and to experience the science of air and space flight.”
The Museum’s status as a non-profit entity will not change. Once legal work is completed to officially change its name, the Museum will begin replacing signage and develop a new website. The Museum is currently planning to unveil the Museum’s new logo sometime in Spring 2016.]]>
CONTACT: Sarah Zulkoski, Outreach Coordinator, email@example.com / 402-472-8942
Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! “Nano” is an exciting new exhibition for families to learn about the extremely small scale of science, technology and engineering—with a nanometer measuring one billionth of a meter. Interactions of materials at this tiny level shape our world in powerful ways.
This 400-square-foot exhibit will travel to museums across Nebraska:
The exhibit was awarded by NISE Net—the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network–to University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience* (NCMN) and Nebraska EPSCoR.**
The Nano exhibit includes hands-on, interactive stations—interesting and informative for all ages—that invite exploration of nano phenomena and real world applications and implications. “It’s a great opportunity for families to find out about nanoscience as an area of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said Terese Janovec, NCMN’s assistant director and education/outreach coordinator.
The exhibit holds some surprises, said Sarah Zulkoski, outreach coordinator for Nebraska’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). At the Small, Smaller, Nano display, play with magnets to explore how material behaves differently at different sizes. At Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube zone, exhibit guests can use foam construction pieces to make a large model of a tiny but amazing structure called a carbon nanotube. The Where Can You Find Nano? area lets you look, listen and touch to discover nano all around us. Interactive panels provide information on nanoscale solutions to the world’s big challenges.
*NCMN, the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience at the University of Nebraska, was founded in 1988 and supports about 85 research scientists working in the nanoscience area from the University of Nebraska and is on the forefront of research in nanotechnology. NCMN provides state-of-the-art laboratories and shared research facilities in the new Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Research Center and works with state and national industries in support of Nebraska’s overall economic development.
**EPSCoR—the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research—was established by Congress to support science, mathematics and technology research, infrastructure, and education in states that receive disproportionately lower amounts of federal research funding. Since 1991, Nebraska has received more than $277 million from federal EPSCOR/IDeA (Institutional Development Award) programs.
As part of the strategic planning process, the Museum Executive Team met with numerous community leaders and groups. Feedback from the meetings led to a study for renaming the Museum which was approved by the Board of Directors in December 2014. In March, feedback from Museum visitors, community leaders and groups about renaming the Museum was overwhelmingly in favor (92%) of a name change that put “Strategic Air Command” or “SAC” back in the name. At the March Board of Directors meeting, these results were presented to the Board and the Board moved to proceed with an analysis of selecting a new name for the Museum.
As of June 25, 2015, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the Strategic Air & Space Museum to the “Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum,” in accordance with the public vote as well as their own wishes for the Museum’s future. A new graphic identity will be unveiled in May, 2016.]]>
The event will be held from 10am until 2pm rain or shine but guests may want to check the website for updates. The outdoor activities will be cancelled if inclement weather should arise but the indoor activities will go as scheduled. Helicopter rides will remain operational until 4pm (weather permitting), and the museum is open until 5pm so guests can explore the entire museum.
Outdoor festivities include:
Indoor festivities include:
Admission applies to indoor activities – $12 adult; $6 youth over 4.
(April 16, 2015) ASHLAND, NE – With the support of the CL Werner Foundation, the Strategic Air & Space Museum is proud to announce the B-1A “Lancer” outdoor exhibit. The move of the B-1 to the front of the museum entrance is the beginning of a vision to expand its outdoor display offerings.
“The B-1A “Lancer” will be an impressive sight as guests drive into the museum,” said Dr. Mike McGinnis, Executive Director at the Strategic Air & Space Museum. The museum hopes to attract more attention to its entrance with the addition of the B-1 exhibit but the decision to move the B-1 from an indoor exhibit to and outdoor exhibit came after careful consideration. “The B-1A Lancer was selected to be the prominent outdoor display because of its size and significance in Aviation history,” said Brian York, Curator at the Strategic Air & Space Museum. “The B-1A, which developed into the B-1B, was the last bomber employed by Strategic Air Command and holds a prominent place in history. The B-1B is still an important part of our present military strength.”
The B-1 program was developed under President Nixon as an idea to develop a strategic bomber that would perform more strategically than the B-52. The B-1 was developed for high speed, low altitude penetration missions. The B-1 uses shorter runways, can carry twice the payload, and has a smaller radar profile than the B-52. The design began with the B-1A as the prototype and evolved to the B-1B. There were only four B-1A’s built and the Strategic Air & Space Museum is caretaker to one of only two left in existence.
The exhibit opens on May 15, 2015 to the public and visitors are allowed to walk around and underneath the aircraft in order to appreciate its massive size. The exhibit viewing is free to the public and available during business hours from 9 am to 5 pm.
The museum hopes to raise additional dollars to develop an outdoor air park and the B-1 exhibit is the beginning of plans for that airpark. The airpark plans include the addition of more aircraft to the designated outdoor space and exhibits that pay tribute to the people that served our Nation, a memorial walkway, and landscaping. The museum currently has other outdoor displays at its entrance which include a T-39 “Sabreliner”, an Atlas Missile, Thor Missile, Blue Scout Missile, and Snark Missile.]]>