Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver is one of Colorado’s true historic gems.
From the museum’s website:
“Housed in our historic 150,000 sq. ft. 1930′s-era former Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum maintains a collection of over four dozen aircraft and space vehicles. Highlights of the collection include a rare B-18A Bolo, five of the Century-Series fighters, an RF-84K Thunderflash Parasite, an Alexander Eaglerock built in Colorado and a Star Wars X-Wing fighter. Wing Over the Rockies is the only place in the world outside of the SAC Museum in Nebraska where you can also see a B-1A Lancer.”
The museum is open Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
But is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
Star Wars fans of Colorado should note that they have a “life size” X-Wing fighter on display though it was not there the day of our visit so I do not have any photos of it.
To stay up to date with Wings Over the Rockies be sure to check out their Facebook page for all the latest details on happenings at the museum.
The museum also has space and rocketry exhibits as well.
“The space technology exhibits at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum include models and displays demonstrating spacecraft and missile technology both historically and in the future. Explore the science of spaceflight with our interactive exhibit and experience the adventure!
Our Space Station Module started life as Martin-Marietta’s mock-up for a proposed space station entry to be called “Freedom.” The original proposal was for an American-only space station. The concept was later changed to include Russia and the European Space Agency and became known as the International Space Station. Martin’s entry into the proposal race was rejected and ultimately found its way to our Museum.
We also have an Apollo Command Module boilerplate. This is a full scale replica which was used by NASA to develop and test capsule retrieval procedures and train astronauts for the Apollo missions to the moon.
Anchoring the south-east corner of Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum’s main floor is an actual interstage skirt from a Titan IV rocket. Lockheed Martin built Titan IV’s to launch large National Defense payloads into earth orbit. A Titan IV was also used to launch the National Aeronautical and Space Administration’s (NASA) Cassini probe to the planet Saturn.
There are an assortment of scale models ranging in size from a table-top diorama of a moon base to a sixteen foot model of a Titan II launch vehicle as well as several hands-on exhibits demonstrating some of the conditions encountered in space.”
So be sure to put Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space museum on your Colorado must visit list!