Exhibits, education centers to move into WPAFB building

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo/TripAdvisor)
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo/TripAdvisor)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Exhibits and educational centers will be heading to the fourth building of The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, soon to be open to the public.

The $40.8 million fourth building is being privately financed by the Air Force Museum Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered to assist in the development and expansion of the museum’s facilities, according to the museum.

The Space Shuttle Exhibit and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Node could be found in the third building of the Air Force base.

Turner Construction Company has been contracted to disassemble the exhibits, and later re-assemble them in the fourth building. They will be open to the public when the fourth building is finished, reportedly in June 2016.

Starting Oct. 19, the aircraft and exhibits located near the current exhibit in the Cold War Gallery, including the AC-130, EF-111A, F-111F and F-117A, will be unavailable for the project, according to the museum. The work to disassemble the Space Shuttle Exhibit and STEM Learning Node will start later this year.

The Space Shuttle Exhibit will be part of a new and expanded Space Gallery. It will also include a massive Titan IVB space launch vehicle and satellite booster rocket that weighs 96 tons; Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft; and a range of other rockets, satellite launch vehicles, and space-related artifacts, according to the museum.

The current STEM Learning Node will be moved to the fourth building’s new Global Reach Gallery, which will include select cargo aircraft such as the C-21A, C-82A, C-130E and C-141C Hanoi Taxi, according to the museum. The Air Force’s airlift and aeromedical evacuation missions will also be explained in this gallery.

For more information about the project, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

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