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LAST WEEKS FOR TWO SPECIAL EXHIBITS AT NATIONAL MUSEUM USAF

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  • By Lisa M. Riley

Two special exhibits, “Above and Beyond” and a Marine Corps Art Exhibit, are in their final weeks at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Marine Corps Art Exhibit
Sponsored by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the traveling art exhibition Honor, Courage, Commitment: Marine Corps Art, 1975-2018 is on loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps and includes 36 works by 15 combat artists, portraying Marine Corps service from the mid-1970s through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Marine Corps Combat Art Program relies on talented Marines and civilians to document the ongoing missions of the Corps. The guidance they get is simple: “Go to war and do art.” The 34 works on canvas and two sculptures speak to the experiences of the artists, most of whom were deployed around the globe. The show is divided among three themes: “Every Clime and Place,” which illustrates the nation’s global force in readiness—able to respond rapidly to any location; “No Better Friend, No worse Enemy,” which portrays Marines capable of fighting the enemy but also delivering aid to those in need; and “The Price,” which provides a glimpse of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform and their families make.

The exhibit is traveling to six American cities from early 2021 until mid-2023 and will be on display in the museum’s Cold War Art Gallery through Dec. 11, 2022.

Above and Beyond
“Above and Beyond,” is an interactive science exhibition exploring transformative innovations in aerospace.

After entering an immersive wraparound theater, visitors can venture into five galleries comprising dozens of interactive displays.  Exhibitgoers can ride to the edge of space in a simulated space elevator or test their own supersonic fighter-jet design in a virtual high-speed flying competition. A group flying experience with motion-sensing image capture helps visitors sense what it’s like to fly like a bird in a flock, while exploring the forces of flight.

This free exhibit is on display in the museum’s fourth building through Dec. 15, 2022.

“Above and Beyond” is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing, in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. In addition, the Air Force Museum Foundation has also partnered with CenterPoint Energy, which in part allows the museum to host free interactive aviation experiences including the “Above and Beyond” exhibit presented by Boeing. Federal endorsement is not implied.

Throughout 2022 the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has proudly celebrated the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force by hosting a variety of events and exhibits to share the history of the Air Force and the stories of our airmen with the public.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.                                                                        

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NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.