KUSA - From 1937 to 1994, Lowry Air Force Base served the nation as an air base, primarily a technical training center, graduating more than 1.1 million enlisted members and officers in skills ranging from armament to photography -- tremendously strengthening the country’s war efforts in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.
Today, this same Air Force Base has been converted into Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Colorado's official air and space museum.
With more than 100,000 visitors a year, the Wings Museum provides everything from STEM activities like flight simulators and drone workshops to learning opportunities like lecture series’ with astronauts, a traveling Da Vinci exhibit, and cockpit days, where you can crawl into the pilot's seat in an actual fighter jet.
Wings also supports the Young Eagles Program, which allows kids ages eight to 17 their first free flight in a small airplane. Young Eagles has now flown over two million kids across the country. You can learn more about Young Eagles by visiting: http://bit.ly/2pxqpHY
While the Lowry facility continues to grow, the Wings Museum is also expanding. The museum is constructing a second site at Centennial Airport, hosting both a Blue Sky (aviation) and Black Sky (aerospace) gallery, where visitors will be able to fly in an actual airplane, since the new hangar will be located on an active runway.
Wings Museum includes more than 182,000 square feet of hangar space and 50 iconic aircraft dating from 1939 to 1990. The mission of Wings Over the Rockies is to inspire, educate and entertain the public about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present, and future. To learn more, visit WingsMuseum.org.
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