On May 20, 2017 the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum opens a new exhibit that focuses on the strategic bombers of WWII. The experience begins in the museum’s hangar a with a new walk through exhibit and includes new displays and artifacts 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.
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 Captain Lee Seemann who completed 33 combat missions and survived being forced down into the North Sea. Nebraska farm boy Sergeant Thomas 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.