Looking for a new family outing in Columbia? EdVenture’s new aerospace exhibit ready for takeoff

EdVenture’s newest permanent exhibit, FLIGHT, which features a Boeing 757 cockpit for kids to climb into, opens at 10 a.m. Saturday. Members will be able to preview the exhibit, supported by NASA and the City of Columbia, an hour earlier at 9 a.m.

The exhibit incorporates many authentic airplane elements scrounged from a boneyard including the cockpit of a Boeing 757 airliner. Kids will be able to climb into the pilots’ seats, play with the controls and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Gervais Street bridge.

Other features of the exhibit include a Boeing 747 engine cowling that’s 8 feet in diameter, a learning theater enclosed in the actual aluminum skin of a fuselage with two-dozen passenger seats; a child-sized wind tunnel; three Boeing 777 simulators; and, a video wall featuring local pilot footage flying over Columbia.

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