Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium
Tulsa Air and Space Museum is an aerospace museum located in Tulsa (Oklahoma), United States. It is located at the northwest corner on the Tulsa International Airport property. It covers 19,000 square feet (1.800 m2) and features historical exhibits, hands on activities, and vintage aircraft. 2006 saw the addition of a full-dome planetarium. It also offers educational facilities for schools, summer camps, and Scout groups. Hangar One is the museum’s main exhibit, which traces the history of aviation in Tulsa. The Early Birds exhibit describes the origins of aviation in Tulsa with a special focus upon Duncan A. McIntyre, a Tulsa aviation pioneer. Next is a replica of Tulsa’s original art-deco airport terminal. It was originally designed by Leon Senter. Along with photographs and documents from the past, the exhibit features original cast iron doors frames, cornerstones, terra-cotta decorations, and ornate artdeco sconces. Visitors can interact with the Pearl Harbor survivors’ exhibit and hear Oklahoma survivors share their stories of that tragic day.
Interior of TASM Hangar One
Tulsa’s contribution to World War II is also highlighted in the World War II exhibit, which includes presentations on Spartan Aircraft Company and Spartan College of Aviation and Technology, as well as the Douglas Bomber Plant. An exhibit on commercial aviation features historic uniforms, photos, documents and documents from American Airlines, Trans World Airlines, and other commercial airlines. American Airlines is given special attention because of its presence in Tulsa, the largest private aircraft maintenance facility in the world. It is owned and operated American. The space exhibit provides information about Tulsa’s involvement in both manned and unmanned satellite programs. It begins with the Peaceful Uses of Space Conference, which was held in Tulsa in May 1961. Visitors can operate a replica of the Space Shuttle’s robotic arm and honor Oklahoma astronauts.
Hangar One is home to several historical aircraft. One of the two Rockwell Ranger 2000’s surviving Spartan C-2 planes is worthy of mention, as well as a Spartan NP-1 aircraft and an F-14 Tomcat.