Hall of Fame and New Exhibit at SAC & Aerospace Museum

Hall of Fame Ceremony Set for Armed Forces Day
ASHLAND, NE (April 11, 2017) – The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum’s annual Hall of Fame event will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 20, 2017. The Hall of Fame luncheon, held from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, exists to recognize, honor, and memorialize individuals or organizations that made significant, impactful, and enduring contributions to the museum and to Strategic Air Command (SAC) and its mission during the Cold War era.

Nominees for the SAC Hall of Fame demonstrate a significant impact in service to SAC or to its mission, beyond long-term military or civilian service. Indications of meeting the criteria would include, but are not limited to, some combination of senior SAC Leadership, SAG Service, or participation in SAC missions. The SAC Fellow Selection Committee, consisting of six community leaders knowledgeable about military and SAC history, are responsible for recommending nominees to the SAC Aerospace Museum Board of Directors. It is the responsibility of the committee chair to initiate and carry out this process. The 2017 SAC Hall of Fame inductees are Mr. Michael Davis (Ret.), CIA, Gen. Russell E. Dougherty (Dec.), USAF, Gen. Larry D. Welch (Ret.), USAF, and Mr. Ed Wells (Dec.). The museum also recognizes contributions made by individuals who support and further the museum’s mission. Inductees into the Museum Hall of Fame are Mr. Bruce C. Rohde (Ret.), Capt. Lee Seemann (Dec.), USAF, and Mr. Clarence L. Werner.

The luncheon is open to the public and registration is required by May 10, 2017. Guests may register on the museum’s website at www.SACMuseum.org or by calling the office at 402-944-3100 x253. The luncheon cost is $50.00 per individual, which includes admission into the museum the Courage from Above: Strategic Bombers of WWII exhibit opening and presentation, immediately following the Hall of Fame presentations.

“Courage from Above: Strategic Bombers of WWII”
a new exhibit at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum
ASHLAND, NE (April 11, 2017) – On May 20, 2017 the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum opens a new exhibit that focuses on the strategic bombers of WWII. The exhibit includes a new gallery and displays set around five historic aircraft that tell the story of strategic bombing doctrine and strategy development, highlighting strategic bombing campaigns in the European and Pacific theaters.

“It is important to preserve the story of strategic bombing from WWII and to pay tribute to the 38 individuals who received Medals of Honor for actions performed during combat missions,” said Dr. Michael McGinnis, executive director at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum. “It was the actions of these brave airmen serving in Europe and the Pacific that eventually brought WWII to an end.”

The exhibit takes guests through the end of World War I to the advent of air power and the role of aviation in World War II, from the 8th and 15th Air Forces of the European Theater and the 20th Air Force of the Pacific Theater.

The historic B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, A-26 Invader, B-29 Superfortress, and C-47 Skytrain are recognized as WWII icons for their missions and include displays featuring historic events of Memphis Belle, Doolittle Raiders of 1942, Rosie’s Riveter’s, European Theater and missions against Japan.

The exhibit and displays include ties to Nebraska. Honoring such Nebraska natives as B-17 pilot Lieutenant Lee Seemann who completed 33 combat missions and survived being forced down into the North Sea. Nebraska farm boy Sergeant Thomas ‘Edd’ Snodgrass, B-17 waist and tail gunner who survived 25 missions defending against skilled German fighter pilots. Guest will learn about the Martin Bomber Plant, Nebraska Women Air Service Pilots and the Army Airfields throughout Nebraska.

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 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. The museum offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education for students, teachers, families, and adult learners. Traveling exhibits, permanent exhibits, and a variety of special events provide additional unique experiences for museum members and guests.