American Airlines CR Smith Museum to Reopen with New Interactive Exhibits

By Paul Riegler on 29 August 2018
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DSC_0697 (1)The American Airlines CR Smith Museum will reopen to the public on Labor Day Weekend following a four-month renovation and the installation of new exhibits, its executive director said.

To celebrate, the museum will offer children free admission on September 1 and 2 and will host special activities for children and families.  These will include temporary tattoos, face painting, balloons, and a wind tunnel with whirlygigs.

New exhibits include the Airline Command Center, where guests take on operational roles; a McDonnell Douglas MD-80 cockpit that incorporates a guided tour by an American Airlines MD-80 captain, and an interactive baggage loader exhibit where visitors try to load baggage as quickly as possible.

Located on the American Airlines campus in Fort Worth, the museum is an independent non-profit entity with a mission of preserving the history of American Airlines as well as the aviation industry. It sees its role as educational, and focuses on exposing visitors to the science of flight and providing a behind-the-scenes look at airline operations.

“Despite how common air travel has become, many aspects of airline operations still are frequently misunderstood,” said Uli Das, the museum’s executive director. “The redesign takes a fresh approach to explain the inner workings of airline operations and showcases the very people who run American Airlines every day.”

The redesign and new exhibits were funded by a major gift by American Airlines as well as contributions by Boeing and PacMin, a company that makes airplane models of all types.

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