Behind the Scenes Tour – Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, near Omaha, Nebraska, will hold a rare behind the scenes tour on May 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

ASHLAND, NE – (April 19, 2018) The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum will hold a behind the scenes tour on May 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is part of a new speaker series offered at the Museum. The event includes a temporary display of aviation reconnaissance artifacts including reconnaissance analysis during the cold war and an opportunity to tour the curatorial archives to view rare artifacts from WWII through the cold war.

The strategic reconnaissance capabilities of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird were second to none during the cold war. Some of the details involved in this program will likely come under discussion during the behind-the-scenes lecture by Dr. Don Costello at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska on May 19th. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

“The curatorial archives include thousands of items that are not part of any current exhibit,” said Mark Strehle, Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum curator. “This is the first time we have opened the doors to our vast collection.” Professor Don Costello from UNL will speak at 10 a.m. on how reconnaissance cryptography from the cold war plays a role in the future. Costello has been in the field of computing for 50 years and has been at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for 35 of those years. He helped found both the computing science department and information technology services at UNL. He has provided research or consultation services for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, the United Nations, and the World Bank. In recent years, Costello has been assisting both local and international firms and e-commerce start-ups using his expertise in software engineering as they specify, contract, and build today’s mission critical systems. The event and presentation are part of Museum general admissions. Advanced registration is not required.

Admission costs are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors or military, $6 for youth ages 4-12, and children 3 and under are free. The museum is open 9 am – 5 pm daily.

Another of the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum’s other important artifacts from the strategic reconnaissance perspective is the Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady, pictured here hanging from the main hangar’s roof. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

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About the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum – Located between Lincoln and Omaha near Interstate 80, utilizes over 300,000 square feet of exhibit, education, and event space. Organized in 1959, the original mission of the museum was to commemorate the contributions of the Strategic Air Command, which until 1992 was headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base. The museum moved to its current location in 1998 upon completion of a new indoor facility. The museum houses an impressive collection of military aircraft and space artifacts, many of which have been restored in the museum’s on-site restoration facility. To better serve the community, the museum offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education opportunities for students, teachers, families, and adult learners. Traveling exhibits, permanent exhibits, and a variety of special events provide additional unique experiences for the museum’s members and guests.


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