Jul 30

Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

F-14A TomcatVisiting the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is a good way to spend a few hours if you are ever in Denver, Colorado.  It is an excellent museum that Karen and I feel would entertain the whole family.  I could not see anybody getting bored there because there is so much to see and do.  The air and space museum has a variety of aircraft from military types like a B1-A Lancer to civilian types like a Learjet.  There was even a full-size model Star Wars X-Wing.  Besides the planes there were several exhibit rooms, a space and rocketry area, and a kid’s space.
Karen with Jack

All of the planes are housed in a large hanger and despite the fact that there are 43 planes there is plenty of room.  There seems to be another hanger attached which might be for restoration or possibly more planes in the future.  Karen and I did not think to ask anybody about it until we had already left.
History of Nose Art

We highly recommend watching the twelve minute video which stars and is also narrated by Harrison Ford.  The short video really gets you in the mood to see some airplanes.  The music of the video, cut scenes of planes in flight coupled with Harrison Ford flying his own plane over the Rockies, really makes you want to go out and get your pilots license.  Half way through the video Karen turned towards me, and said she wanted to learn to fly.  I almost agreed with her then I remembered that I really do not like to fly because I have a somewhat healthy fear of heights.

The exhibit rooms were all pretty neat.  There was one that showed the history of the Lowry Air Force Base.  Karen really liked seeing the history of airplane nose art and seeing how the designs have changed over the years.  I liked the avionics exhibit because it broke down how all the technological advances from the telegraph to the radio have helped with flight.  It was pretty neat to see how technology has advanced so far in just the last 150 years.
Flight Simulator

I cannot leave out the space part from the air and space museum.  The Wings over the Rockies Museum has a nice collection of space artifacts, dioramas, and diagrams.  They have a replica of the first liquid-propellant rocket.  The museum also houses a real moon rock, a replica of an Apollo Command Module boilerplate and a space station module.
Apollo Missions

Karen’s favorite thing was all the hands-on-things exhibits the museum offered.  She especially liked the virtual flight trainers where she got to act like Orville Wright and take a virtual flight in a Wright Flyer.  She was also amazed at the two commercial aircraft simulators the museum had to offer.  Plus all the other hands on exhibits from the telegraph machine to making a turbine engine spin kept her quite entertained.
Hands on Wind Tunnel

My favorite thing at the museum had to be the number of military planes.  I am always amazed at the size and scope of these planes.  Seeing a WWII bomber like the Dougals B-18A Bolo compared to a B-1A Lancer is just amazing.  Just seeing how the technology of the planes advanced over the years left me awestruck.  Of course, seeing a MK36 (thermonuclear bomb) for the first time is pretty neat.  Also, being a Star Wars fan my whole life, seeing a full-size model of an X-Wing was the highlight of my day.
B-18A Bolo

Karen and I would highly recommend going to the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum at least once.  The staff and volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable.  There were a lot of things to do and learn while there and you never know, you might meet somebody from a galaxy far far away.

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Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
Located at 7711 East Academy Boulevard Denver, Colorado
Hours of Operation – Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Costs as of 2011 – Adults 13-64 $11.00, Seniors $9.00 Children ages 4 through 12 $6.000
For more information check out their website at http://www.wingsmuseum.org/
Titan IV Engines


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