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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Exhibit - Cold War Gallery

DAYTON… We have lift off! Opened to the public in the winter of 2014, the new Space Shuttle Exhibit in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is sure to excite space lovers.

Display Dynamics, Inc. partnered with the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to design, engineer, fabricate, and install a full scale custom replica of one of the most storied vessels in the history of flight – the Space Shuttle Orbiter. The project was a great opportunity for DDI to work with the museum to help showcase what the Air Force has to offer, and is sure to add another level of excitement for visitors to the museum.

The planning stages got underway in the summer of 2012, and all the hard work since has resulted in an outstanding exhibit experience. In contrast to many of the other shuttle exhibits around the country, this one has been designed to allow visitors to get up close and personal with the shuttle, and provides them an opportunity to really appreciate its complexity and scale. There are three viewing ports into the Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT) flight deck and mid-deck, as well as full access through a recreated payload bay that displays the top-secret “Teal Ruby” satellite that was developed during the height of the Cold War era. Other highlights of the exhibit include entrance/exit ramps in the shape of wings, and 360 degree access for viewing.

As an added feature to the exhibit, there’s also a STEM Learning Auditorium with multimedia shows and guided educational programming that will increase awareness of the roles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in flight.

Client – National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Project – Space Shuttle Exhibit with Crew Compartment Trainer

Size – Full-Scale

Location – Dayton, OH

Scope of Work – Concept Design, Engineering, Fabrication, Installation

Designer – Display Dynamics, Inc./NMUSAF