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Air Force museum in Ohio to open shuttle exhibit

Thursday - 2/13/2014, 8:14pm  ET

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 photo, the space shuttle exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force is seen, in Dayton, Ohio. Workers are making final preparations for a public opening on Feb. 26. The museum built the display out from the Crew Compartment Trainer, left, in which more than 300 astronauts trained for shuttle missions. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Ty Greenlees) LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio is ready to launch a mock-up space shuttle exhibit assembled after a failed bid to get a retiring shuttle several years ago.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1lHVO1S) reports the walk-through exhibit opens Feb. 26 and will give visitors a peek at a cockpit and a cargo bay.

Museum aerospace educator Cindy Henry says the display built around a cockpit simulator is the size of a real shuttle.

The NASA space shuttle trainer acquired by the museum in 2012 was used by astronauts to prepare for shuttle missions.

The mock-up includes an engine and tail section and a payload bay with a satellite.

It's expected to be part of a sprawling hangar gallery slated to open in 2016.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com


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