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Interior views of NASA Crew Compartment Trainer added to app, virtual tour

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Take a 360-degree tour inside one of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's newest exhibits - NASA's first space shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT-1), which was used primarily for on-orbit crew training and engineering evaluations.

Interior views of CCT-1's flight deck and mid deck, along with cockpit photos of the P-47, F-15 and F-16, were recently added to the ACI Cockpit360º app available from the museum and AeroCapture Images.

The free app features high-definition panoramic photos of more than 20 cockpits from many well-known aircraft on display at the museum. Several of the aircraft, including CCT-1, include multiple "nodes," showing various interior views. The app is currently available for free download from the Apple iTunes store, and a Droid version is planned.

"The Cockpit360º project allows us to let people see the interiors of some of our most recognizable aircraft without compromising their preservation," said Bryan Carnes, the museum's lead for this project. "It's especially exciting to give people the chance to explore inside CCT-1, which is becoming one of the museum's most popular exhibits."

The interior photos also are available on the museum's interactive 360-degree virtual tour, which allows users to explore the museum at their leisure through factsheets, supplemental information and educational tools based on the museum's collection. The tour is available at A list of links to the interior images is available at

The museum plans to feature additional cockpit photos as time and resources allow.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

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