Ohio Air Force Museum To Open Shuttle Exhibit


UPDATED: Thursday February 13, 2014 9:17 AM

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio is ready to launch a mock-up space shuttle exhibit assembled after a failed bid to get a retiring shuttle several years ago.

The Dayton Daily News reports the walk-through exhibit opens Feb. 26, giving visitors a peek at a cockpit and cargo bay.

Museum aerospace educator Cindy Henry says the display built around a cockpit simulator is the same size as a real shuttle. The NASA space shuttle trainer acquired by the southwest Ohio museum in 2012 was used by astronauts to prepare for shuttle missions.

The mock-up includes an engine and tail section, as well as a payload bay with a satellite.

Eventually it's expected to be part of a sprawling hangar gallery slated to open in 2016.

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