Aviation Exhibit to Open December 1 at Nebraska History Museum

This early biplane was photographed at the Old Settlers Picnic in Orleans, Nebraska, in August 1912. NSHS RG2929-496

A new exhibit, Pioneering Aviators from Flyover Country, at the Nebraska History Museum at Fifteenth and P streets in Lincoln, will open December 1. From farm boys testing homemade biplanes in hay meadows near Lexington, to B-29 bombers rolling out of the Martin Bomber Plant in Bellevue, our state has long played an important role in aviation history. Artifacts and photographs from the collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society will tell the story of Nebraskans in the early twentieth century and beyond who dedicated their lives to the advancement of flight. Museum hours are 9 to 4:30, Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4:30, Saturday and Sunday; closed on state holidays. Admission is free.  

World War I Nebraska aviator Lt. Orville Ralston while serving with the 85th Squadron of the Royal Air Force in France. Later, he served with the 148th Squadron U.S.A. NSHS RG2929-348

While you’re at the Nebraska History Museum to view the exhibit, shop the NSHS Landmark Stores for Nebraska-related holiday gifts and publications such as Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photographs, by Vince Goeres. It’s a history of the golden age of Nebraska aviation from its earliest days until the 1940s and beyond. Recently published by NSHS Books, it was written with Kylie Kinley and features an introduction by Roger Welsch and over two hundred photographs from NSHS collections. The book is available from the NSHS Landmark Stores and at airports and bookstores across Nebraska. — Patricia C. Gaster, Assistant Editor/Publications

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