AF Museum opens new rides

Staff report

FAIRBORN — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, unveils a new suite of simulator rides including the Pulseworks Virtual Reality (VR) Transporter, the first of its kind in North America, today in conjunction with the grand opening of its new fourth building.

The Pulseworks VR Transporter is a multimedia motion ride that takes patrons on an exclusive space voyage experience. Virtual reality technology allows patrons to see in all directions within a 3D world via high-tech goggles. Pulseworks has coupled visuals with its state-of-the-art motion delivery systems and 4D-effects to create an immersive sensory experience. The Pulseworks VR Transporter will launch with a stunning Space Walk VR ride that will take riders on an extra-vehicular activity to the International Space Station high above the Earth.

Accompanying this new attraction in the fourth building will be a motion capsule ride called the Eight Seat Pod (ESP). This dynamic and innovative simulator mimics the motion of any aircraft or space vehicle, allowing riders to experience the feeling of really flying or moving at great speeds. Wings: Flights of Courage, a journey through the history of aviation, will be the signature ride on the ESP, placing riders right in the cockpits of many famous aircraft, from the Wright B Flyer to modern military jets. Other ride options will include historic space shuttle missions, forward-looking deep space voyages and others.

Also, starting this June, the Air Force Museum Theatre is changing its daily schedule to coincide with the opening of the new building. This new schedule will feature the best of the theatre’s past lineup (“Fighter Pilot 3D,” “Journey to Space 3D” and “Rescue 3D”) and a new film, “Carriers 3D.”

Museum admission and parking are free. For information, visit or call 937-253-4629.

Staff report