The program topic is focused on strategic bombing with ground perspectives from a liberator and a survivor of WWII. The program’s keynote speaker is Dr. Jerry Martin, Command Historian for U.S. Strategic Command. Martin is a retired Air Force officer with a background in intelligence and with several tours at the United States Air Force Academy. He came to his current position after serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Peru State College in the Nebraska State College System.
Roy Long, a native Nebraskan, will also take the stage to discuss accountings from the ground perspective of WWII. Long was deployed to Europe with the 66th Infantry, 71st Division. He traveled through France and Germany before ending up in Austria where his troops found the concentration camp, Gunskirchen Lager.
Bea Karp, will present accountings as a WWII survivor. Karp was born in Lauterbach, Germany in 1932. Her family was sent to Gurs concentration camp in France. Bea was separated from her family and moved 14 times during the war. Her parents did not survive the war, and Bea and her sister were sent to live with relatives in England until she came to the United States in 1947.
“This presentation is an opportunity for guests to learn about WWII from speakers that were in Germany during the war,” said Strategic Air & Space Museum Executive Director Dr. Michael McGinnis. “The Museum’s program will include question and answer time with the three speakers, which is an opportunity to learn first accountings of an era.”
Advance registration is required to attend this program. Guests are asked to go online, or call the museum, by Friday, Nov. 6 to register. The website address is www.SASMuseum.com or call Amy at 402.944.3100×253.
The event will be held at the Strategic Air & Space Museum located 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, NE, which is just minutes from Lincoln or Omaha near Interstate I-80 off Exit 426. Guests should arrive before 11:30 a.m., the program will begin with the posting of the colors by the Ashland Legion Post 129 and singing of the National Anthem by County Artist Jimmy Weber.
Visitors can enjoy muscle cars, aircraft, and trains from the 1960’s. Featured aircraft include eight bombers and fighters that played a role in American Aviation history in the 1960 time frame. The aircraft will be surrounded by muscle cars such as Corvettes, Chevelles, and Mustangs, and an Austin-Healy. Trains will be on display to convey all important modes of transportation in the 1960’s.
The Strategic Air & Space Museum will have special Groovy Baby activities from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
The special amusements and attractions including:
Museum guests are also welcome to check out the museum’s newest exhibit for no additional cost. Football: The Exhibit is open to the public starting October 3, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The exhibit offers 25 hands-on activities and is divided into 9 different interactive zones that teach and support lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content.
Parking is free. Standard admission rates are: Adult $12, Child (4-12) $6, Military/Senior $11.]]>
(Sept. 14, 2015) ASHLAND, NE. – The Strategic Air & Space Museum is launching the only Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) chartered drone club in Nebraska and offers drone education for youth in its Aviation camps, scout workshops, and school field trips.
“Drones are part of an important emerging technology and a great interactive way to engage students in STEM concepts,” said Phil Onwiler, Education Director at the Strategic Air & Space Museum. The museum focuses on quality education programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum and utilizes drones in lessons that pertain to forces of flight and career’s in aviation including, practical applications using drones. The museum also offers youth the opportunity to learn how to fly a drone and teaches safety regulations.
The museum is holding a grand opening event to launch the SAC Museum Drone Club on October 10, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. During this free event the museum will unveil the new drone outdoor obstacle course, provide an educational safety workshop and allow open fly time. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about drones and is a free museum event, including free admission. SAC Museum Drone Club membership and open fly time at the grand opening event is restricted to AMA member attendees.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a list of guidelines for anyone using unmanned aircraft. Within these guidelines are restrictions on areas in which unmanned aircraft can be flown. For example, unmanned aircraft cannot be flown within five miles of an airport, near stadiums or people, and cannot be careless or reckless.
“The museum is setting up for the future of unmanned aerial flight,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, Executive Director at the Strategic Air & Space Museum. According to a recent article from The Hill by Mario Trujillo and David McCabe, the House representatives are working on putting together mandated laws for all unmanned aerial vehicles. “In anticipation of the FAA suggested guidelines becoming laws the museum has become a chartered site for legal flight under AMA governance”.
Due to the FAA unmanned aerial flight restrictions hobbyists are seeking locations where they can fly safely and legally. The museum offers any drone enthusiasts, RC helicopter, or RC quadcopter an indoor and outdoor solution. The club is open to any AMA member and requires a $50 museum membership fee annually for the use of the indoor and outdoor flying sites.
The outdoor flying site includes wide open spaces and a 40,000 square foot dedicated obstacle course. It is open March-October on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The indoor obstacle course will be available from November-February in the museums Durham Restoration Hangar on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.]]>
Football: The Exhibit opens Saturday, October 3, 2015 and will be on display through January 3, 2016. Football: The Exhibit offers 25 hands-on activities and is divided into 9 different interactive zones. All activities focus on science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) content, which are all part of the National Science Education Standards for grades K-12.
The Strategic Air & Space Museum, with the help of donations from sponsors, seeks to bring two popular traveling exhibits to the community annually. The museum focuses on fun interactive exhibits that teach and support lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content. The exhibits are open to the general public but are also popular amongst school field trips. “Football: The Exhibit focuses on STEM content and also teaches the importance of activity in our daily lives. “Most people think of football as only a game, but laws and principles of science dictate the way the game is played,” said Phil Onwiler, Education Director at the Strategic Air & Space Museum. Football: The Exhibit provides hands-on learning covering a wide array of science topics through football themed areas such as Forward Pass and Game at the Line of Scrimmage. “Visitors are invited to test their throwing skills in the passing cage and learn what it truly means to have a rifle arm.”
There is something for everyone, the hands-on activity stations comprise of everything from the physics of tackling to the balance needed for cheerleading. There is a marching band activity that teaches rotational motion, angular and linear velocity. Visitors can expect to learn about the history of the game, the equipment necessary, and the cutting edge medical technology used to prevent and treat common injuries.
Football: The Exhibit is free with paid admission to the Museum – $12 adult; $11:00 seniors and Military; $6 youth over 4 years, free for Museum members.]]>
Remembrance, a program and lunch held Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Strategic Air & Space Museum, will feature speakers Jeff Ewing, Colonel U.S. Army (retired) and Mike Connelly, a first responder firefighter at Ground Zero.
Col. Ewing was assigned to the Army Staff in the Pentagon in 2001. During his military career as an Army officer, Col. Ewing held senior leadership positions and commanded soldiers at all levels, culminating with Brigade Command during the Iraqi Freedom War. He has received numerous military service medals and commendations.
Mike Connelly is a local Firefighter with the Papillion Nebraska Fire Department. Connelly was a Firefighter with the New York Fire Department for nineteen years and was a first responder on the scene after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The program topic will include a remembrance from a Pentagon perspective and a salute to honor first responders and our nation’s heroes. The public is invited to attend the Remembrance program on Sept. 11, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. but an RSVP is required by Sept. 8, 2015. All military, retired, active, and veterans are invited to attend for free. Members may register for free and general admission of $12.00 per adult applies to non-military or non-member guests; a complementary lunch will be included with all RSVPs. Guests can RSVP with the form at the bottom of this page.
Additionally, the Strategic Air & Space Museum will offer a special viewing of the NETV STRATCOM 9/11 documentary in its ConAgra Foods Theater several times daily from Sept. 11, 2015 – Nov. 11, 2015.
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.