SAC Aero Museum
January 23, 2023
ASHLAND, Nebraska- January 23, 2023- Above and Beyond- The Ultimate Interactive Flight Exhibition, a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the wonder of flight and the marvels of aerospace innovation, design, and technology. The exhibit will open at Ashland’s Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 9:00a.m.
Above and Beyond uses fully immersive experiences to explore the impact of aerospace in our world – and beyond. Explored through five key themes that define flight and space travel – Up, Faster, Higher< farther, and Smarter – Above and Beyond is an education-based exhibition disguised as a thrilling, hands-on journey that provides visitors of all ages and interests with both retrospective and forwarding-thinking views on the innovation and science behind flight. The five themed galleries will feature dozens of interactive experiences made possible using flight simulation, augmented reality, touch-tables, design and skill challenges, virtual reality and more.
“I think the key for me is that it’s aviation, it’s space, it’s where we want to go, not necessarily where we’ve been,” said Clayton Anderson, Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum President and CEO.
The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum opened with a mission to preserve the history of Strategic Air Command, the Cold War and aerospace artifacts to inspire learning. Now, in its next phase, the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is looking toward the future.
The Above and Beyond exhibit is the first traveling exhibit on display at the museum in nearly 20 years. The exhibit will kick off the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum’s plan to be focused on the future and innovation. The goal will be to educate and inspire people on what’s to come.
“I want the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum to be a gem of the Midwest. I hope people look at the museum in a different way,” said Anderson.
Above and Beyond is designed to be the most interactive exhibition on aerospace ever to tour, with approximately 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a 180-degree immersive theater presentation, a high-tech media-rich historical timeline, a simulated space elevator ride, a challenge to design and test a supersonic fighter jet in a virtual high-speed flying competition, and an avatar-based motion-capture group experience that demonstrated flight like a bird.
“In the Midwest, in Nebraska in particular, I want kids to know they can be astronauts, fighter jet pilots and aerospace engineers. When they come through the museum, they will know anything is possible. All you must do is dream and persevere in chasing that dream and you have to be proud of where you are from,” said Anderson, a native of Ashland, Nebraska.
The exhibit will be at the Museum for the next eight months. Hours for the museum are 9a.m. – 5p.m. Sunday through Saturday!
About Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
The SAC Aero Museum, located between Lincoln and Omaha near Interstate 80, uses over 300,000 square feet of exhibit, education and event space to educate, inspire and entertain its guests who come from Nebraska, across the country and around the world. The Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, aims to become the Midwest’s pre-eminent aerospace educational museum facility. By uniting its strong Cold War heritage and ties to STRATCOM with America’s burgeoning future in outer space, the museum endeavors to “entertain, educate, and inspire” each visitor with immersive, educational and interactive opportunities illustrating how our past shapes our future.
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