The Strategic Air Command & Aero Space Museum
Welcome to a Night at the Museum
Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:30 P.M. until 9:30 P.M.
Admission includes catered BBQ dinner
Cost $45.00 via bus $35.00 self transport
The Strategic Air Command and Aero Space Museum is a state-of-the-art facility housing 33 aircraft and various missiles with ties to the U.S. Air Force, particularly the former Strategic Air Command. Aircraft range from the historic B-17 Flying Fortress and diminutive XF-85 Goblin to the giant B-36 and infamous MiG-21. Others include a B-47, British RAF Vulcan, C-47, B-57, U-2, F-84, HU-16, RF-4, B-58, FB-111, C-119, and B-1 and on hand to greet you in the entryway is the famous SR-71. F-15 simulators give you the ride of a lifetime on low-level runs.
For this special evening a number of aircraft will be open to convention members along with a catered casual dinner. Don’t miss a Night at the Museum!
Museum of American Speed
Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M.
Lincoln, Nebraska via motor coach
Founded in 1992 by “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith, the Smith Collection Museum of American Speed is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and displaying physical items significant in racing and automotive history. The museum currently encompasses more than 135,000 square feet over three levels. The vast collection results from the Smiths’ personal involvement in racing and hot-rodding for more than six decades, and their lifelong passion for collecting and preserving historic automotive artifacts.
Millions of hours have been spent, as Bill puts it, “turning over rocks” and chasing countless leads to assemble a collection of this magnitude. As a result, museum visitors can witness a stunning array of history-making cars, engines, parts, toys and memorabilia. You’ll see countless rare and one-of-a-kind items, all presented in beautiful displays and dioramas that will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back into the past!
World Famous Henry Dooly Zoo
Friday, July 28, 2017 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.
Adult $31.00 Children under 12 $25 via bus
Adult $18.00 Children under 12 $11 self transport
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten zoos. That’s no wonder when you realize it has the world’s largest indoor jungle (representing Asia, Africa and South America), the world’s largest indoor desert (representing South Africa, Australia and America’s Sonora deserts), the world’s largest nocturnal exhibit, an aquarium with a 70-foot-long walk-through tunnel that leads you through shark and ray-infested reefs, a primate house where the humans are safely in the midst of the gorillas and the new Madagascar and butterfly house exhibits. Getting around is easy on trams, a steam locomotive train and a Skyfari lift.
Offutt Air Force Base Flightline
Home of the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing
Saturday, July 29, 2017 8:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M.
Cost $15.00 via bus
Must be 18-years or older
Offutt Air Force Base began as an 1890s army outpost, Ft. Crook, which was named at General George Crook, who fought in the Civil War and the Plains Indians Wars. In 1918, the U.S. Army Air Corps assigned a balloon observer company to the fort and a few years later began built an airfield there, naming that for Jarvis Offutt, an Omaha airman who died in WWI. During WWII, the Glenn L. Martin Co. erected a plant at the airfield to build B-26 Marauders and B-29s, including the Enola Gay and others destined for the 509th Composite Group. After the creation of the Air Force, the airfield became Offutt AFB and ultimately hosted the Strategic Air Command from its inception in 1948 until SAC was deactivated in 1992. It was replaced by Strategic Command, STRATCOM, a unified command. Today Offutt also has the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron and Air Force Global Weather Center.