US FREEDOM PAVILION: THE BOEING CENTER:
World War II was characterized by the extraordinary spirit of teamwork, sacrifice and ingenuity demonstrated by men and women on the battlefront and on the Home Front. The US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, slated for completion in 2013, will tell the story of our nation’s unprecedented industrial capability during the war years and explore what it was like to participate in World War II on land, at sea or in the air.
The Boeing Center will showcase the macro artifacts of the war, representing America’s legendary production of airplanes, artillery, tanks and other equipment that helped to fuel Allied victory in World War II. Exhibited artifacts will include a Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress,” an SBD Dauntless, a B-25 fuselage and the TBM Avenger. The expansive space will feature elevated visitor “catwalks” for a dramatic view of the aircraft as well as LED screens, programmed with historical films and other presentations.
Another highlight of the US Freedom Pavilion will be Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience, an immersive and interactive submarine experience based on the last war patrol of the USS Tang in the Pacific Theater. Visitors will man the positions and perform the battle actions of actual crewmembers as the sub engages the Japanese Imperial Naval Forces.
The Services Gallery will pay homage to the sixteen million men and women who served our nation in World War II. Exhibits will feature artifacts, oral histories and other interactives highlighting the roles played by the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine in Allied victory.