Tulsa Air and Space Museum


Tulsa Air and Space Museum

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum (TASM) is an aerospace museum located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. Visitors to the museum can explore convert|19000|sqft|m2 of exhibits highlighting Tulsa's aviation history. Historic exhibits, hands-on activities and vintage aircraft are featured. A full-dome planetarium, added in 2006, offers a variety of educational and entertaining shows throughout the year. The museum also has educational facilities for school visits [ [http://www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.com/default.asp TASM: about] Retrieved on July 27 2007] .

Exhibits

attacks share their experiences. The World War II exhibit also highlights Tulsa's contributions to the war, with presentations on the Spartan Aircraft Company, the Spartan College of Aviation and Technology and the Douglas Bomber Plant. A commercial aviation exhibit presents historic uniforms, documents, and photos from American Airlines, Trans World Airlines and other commercial carriers. American Airlines gets special attention due to the presence in Tulsa of the largest private aircraft maintenance base in the world, owned and operated by American. The space exhibit presents information on Tulsa's participation in the manned and unmanned space programs, beginning with the first Peaceful Uses of Space Conference held in Tulsa on May 26, 1961. Oklahoma astronauts are honored, while visitors have the opportunity to operate a mockup of the Space Shuttle's robotic arm.

Present in Hangar One are several historic aircraft. Worthy of mention is one of the only surviving Spartan C-2 aircraft, a Lear 24 and an F-14 Tomcat.

Collections

The museum's collections focus primarily on Tulsa's aviation history. A significant collection of photos and documents from Douglas Aircraft Company centered around Air Force Plant #3 is housed in the archives. The majority of those documents are from 1941-1945 and 1953-1960. The collection also includes historic documents and photos from the Tulsa International Airport archives. The photos collected by former airport manager Charles Short are also stored in the archives, and include photos of Will Rogers, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, C.R. Smith and William Skelly.

Planetarium

The James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium opened at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum in May 2006. Funded by Tulsa's Vision 2025 sales tax and private donations, the planetarium uses 360-degree full dome technology. The planetarium offers full-dome digital shows as well as traditional star shows. Shows that have played at TASM's planetarium include Astronaut, Big, Oasis in Space and Infinity Express. The planetarium is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM.

References

External links

* [http://www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.com/ Museum website]


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