Air Force museum in Ohio to open shuttle exhibit

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — 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 (http://bit.ly/1lHVO1S) reports the walk-through exhibit opens Feb. 26 and will give visitors a peek at a cockpit and a cargo bay.

Museum aerospace educator Cindy Henry says the display built around a cockpit simulator is the size of a real shuttle.

The NASA space shuttle trainer acquired by the museum in 2012 was used by astronauts to prepare for shuttle missions.

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

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

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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