This 3,500-square-foot exhibit will focus on the D-Day missions of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first French town to be liberated on June 6, 1944. Using tablets that are part of Histovery’s proprietary HistoPad Augmented Visit solution, museum visitors will experience the reality of the D-Day airborne mission in an up close and personal way never possible before. (Contributed graphic)

D-Day films to show during opening of new exhibit at AF museum

In conjunction with the opening of the new 3,500-square-foot, interactive, augmented reality exhibit titled “D-Day: Freedom from Above,” the Air Force Museum Foundation will be showing D-Day-related films to begin the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on May 13.

Aviation art exhibit opens May 10 at Air Force museum

All events take place at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

• 9 a.m. – Exhibit ribbon cutting, center of Bldg. 2. Cost: $5/pad rental (Pad rental is free for first 50 attendees)

• Noon – “D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D” movie in Air Force Museum Theatre. This showing will be introduced by Airborne Heritage Platoon paratroopers. Tickets: $8 adults, $7 seniors (60+), $6 children (3-12), 10 percent off for foundation members.

• 4 p.m. – “D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D” movie in Air Force Museum Theatre. Tickets: $8 adults, $7 seniors (60+), $6 children (3-12), 10 percent off for foundation members.

• 6:30 p.m. – “Secret Spitfires” U.S. premiere at Air Force Museum Theatre. Guest speaker: Ethem Cetintas, filmmaker. Tickets: $12 for general admission, $10 for foundation members and military

“This amazing exhibit will emphasize the critical impact of air power and airborne tactics which played a pivotal role In the invasion and forever changed history,” said Michael Imhoff, executive director, Air Force Museum Foundation.

He added, “Leveraging an augmented reality experience, this exhibit will enable to visitor to truly understand what those brave men went through. For it is our duty to honor the greatest generation, by inspiring the rising generation … so that we may never forget. Add in the films and other events scheduled for the 13th, and it’s a day you won’t want to miss.”

According to David Tillotson III, director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, “This exhibit enhances the museum’s educational and connective capabilities in ways we haven’t been able to historically provide. It is truly game changing technology that opens many amazing opportunities to educate and engage students on D-Day and the greatest generation, as well as potential future applications of this technology throughout the entire museum.”

Beginning May 13 and continuing through the end of the year, HistoPad tablets will be available for exhibit visitors to rent through the Air Force Museum Foundation for only $5 each. Visitors should allow about 40 minutes to tour the entire D-Day exhibit but can also adapt to their own pace by selecting content that is most relevant to them.

For additional information on D-Day events and exhibits, including complete schedule information, visit https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/D-Day-75th-Anniversary/.

The Air Force Museum Foundation Inc., established in 1960, raises funds and awareness to support the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force mission. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit www.afmuseum.com.

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