TEMPORARY EXHIBITS

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GAME ON: The History and Science of Gaming

Game On: The History and Science of Gaming is a new interactive exhibit about the evolution of gaming technology and animation and includes interactive displays that span a 2500 square foot exhibit gallery.  The exhibit will be open from September 22, 2018 until January 6, 2019 and is part of the Museum’s education emphasis on STEM concepts which include offerings in robotics, coding, circuitry and other programs related to aviation and engineering.  STEM exhibits are used in programming and are made possible by The Richard Brooke Foundation, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L.Criss Memorial Foundation, First National Bank, Gallup, Game Room, Adah and Leon Millard Foundation, and OPPD.

PERMANENT EXHIBITS

Come experience these year-round exhibits today!
Courage From Above: Strategic Bombers of World War II

This exhibit focuses on the strategic bombers of WWII. The exhibit includes a new gallery and displays set around five historic aircraft that tell the story of strategic bombing doctrine and strategy development, highlighting strategic bombing campaigns in the European and Pacific theaters.

 

Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders

This exhibit celebrates the memory of lifelong Lincoln, NE native, Richard Joyce, who took part in the 1942 attack on Tokyo, led by Jimmy Doolittle. After the disastrous events of December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor, the United States military pushed for a retaliatory strike on Tokyo. Though many said it could not be done, Lt Col. Doolittle managed to devise a plan that took 16 Army Air Force B-25 bombers from the deck of the USS Hornet.

Martin Bomber Plant

One of the primary elements of American victory in WWII was the use of heavy bombers. The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum commemorates one of the most productive heavy bomber plants, the Martin Bomber Plant, at what is now Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. It was here that both atomic bombers Enola Gay and Bockscar were manufactured. Highlighted are detailed models of the plant, as well as original wooden floor bricks, tools, and an engine piston from the bomber Enola Gay.

Searching for Humanity: Veterans, Victims, and Survivors of World War II

This is a unique and moving exhibit that asks its audience to consider the search for humanity during the Holocaust and to reflect on man’s obligation to humankind. Nationally-known artist, Matthew Placzek, sets an affecting environment with photos, memorabilia, and testimony of Nebraska Holocaust survivors, soldiers, and those whose courageous actions liberated prisoners from concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Europe. Upon entering the exhibit, an emotional journey unfolds for visitors as the images chronicle remarkable personal experiences of confronting one of the most inhumane periods in our world’s history. Click here to be taken to the IHE website.

The Heartland Astronaut

The Heartland Astronaut exhibit highlights the rise of Clayton Anderson, an Ashland, NE native, who used his determination and passion for science and space to propel him through the NASA astronaut training program. When his number was called, Clayton traveled aboard Shuttle Mission STS-117 to the International Space Station in the summer of 2007. Clay also completed Shuttle Mission STS-131 in 2010. This exhibit outlines his early life in Nebraska, as well as the intense training undertaken prior to his launch. Artifacts include flight suits, a flown shuttle tire, and cameras used by Gemini astronaut, Wally Schirra.

Vietnam Tribute: A Presentation & Exhibit Opening

The new exhibit “From the Ground Up: Air War Vietnam” will feature artifacts from the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum’s collection, the National Museum of USAF, collectors and veterans as well as oral history interviews that bring the drama and courage of the air war to life.

The exhibit is timed in 2018 as part of the 50th Anniversary of peak U. S. involvement in Vietnam and will include content on Operation Arc Light, the B-52 strategic bombers mission in Southeast Asia and Operation Rolling Thunder, the aerial bombardment campaign conducted by the U.S. against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

The exhibit will be on permanent display and the museum and will take guests from the role of the Forward Air Controller on the ground to the strategic bombing missions of the B-52 above 30,000 and beyond. Though the Tet Offensive of 1968 may have eroded support for the war, the air war in Vietnam remained strong and consistent.

 

9th Air Force

During World War II the mission of the 9th Air Force was to gain air superiority, deny the enemy an ability to replenish or replace losses, and offer close air support for the troops on the ground. This display highlights some of the missions undertaken by these brave men, as well as showcasing some of the equipment utilized in this endeavor.

Vietnam Memorial Wall

In honor of those who fought and died in service to their country during the Vietnam War, the “Individual Reflections from the Wall” exhibit displays photographs, letters and personal mementos left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Linebacker II

The Linebacker II display outlines the men and machines of the U.S. Seventh Air Force and U.S. Navy Task Force 77 that took part in the bombing missions on Haiphong and Hanoi, North Vietnam during the last two weeks of December 1972. Here B-52 bombers flew large numbers of attack missions as a means of bringing the North Vietnamese government back to the table for peace talks.