One of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s newest exhibits, NASA’s first space shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT-1), which was used primarily for on-orbit crew training and engineering evaluations has been added to the museum’s virtual tour on their website as well as the ACI Cockpit360º app.
Interior views of CCT-1’s flight deck and mid deck, along with cockpit photos of the museum’s P-47, F-15 and F-16, were recently added and is available from the museum and AeroCapture Images.
The free app features high-definition panoramic photos of more than 20 cockpits from many well-known aircraft on display at the museum. Several of the aircraft, including CCT-1, include multiple “nodes,” showing various interior views. The app is currently available for free download from the Apple iTunes store, with a planned Droid version to follow.
“The Cockpit360º project allows us to let people see the interiors of some of our most recognizable aircraft without compromising their preservation,” said Bryan Carnes, the museum’s lead for this project. “It’s especially exciting to give people the chance to explore inside CCT-1, which is becoming one of the museum’s most popular exhibits.”
The interior photos also are available on the museum’s interactive 360-degree virtual tour, which allows users to explore the museum at their leisure through factsheets, supplemental information and educational tools based on the museum’s collection. The museum plans to feature additional cockpit photos as time and resources allow.