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May 23, 2015
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NEWS UPDATE Thursday June 4 2015:
The Biplane and Ornithopter now have a committed new home where they will be seen and enjoyed by many. The Poplar Grove EAA chapter 1414. See bottom here for detail.

The Ornithopter was disassembled and placed in a more convient location in the Center along with the bipe wings. They are scheduled for transport to Poplar Grove Sunday June 7 2015
Please see this posing and the web page for details on the other displays still available.
BTW: Challenger Center and its main Space Mission Simulator are not going away, only the one room with these displays to make room for classrooms.

I am posting this here on advice from another member.
I have info out to several organizations with no commitment as yet.
More complete details & Photos here:

You can contact me here, or via my CONTACT Page.
.................... Summary .....................

The Woodstock Illinois Challenger Learning Center For Science and Technology is now associated with Aurora University.
Classrooms will be added in our building in phases and some Challenger displays are being made available to other organizations.

The displays will be donated without charge to organizations that can put them to use; the cost of transportation will be assumed by the receiving organization.
Time is short because construction will start June 1 and while there is some storage space, later consturction phases will need that space.
Items are available as follows:
Two of the items PLACED!
COMITTED TO MOVE to Poplar Grove Sunday 6/7
Ornithopter replica. Looks like Leonardo built it himself!
EAA Biplane (not AcroSport), unfinished
The following items can be removed starting June 1 2015 as the first phase of construction begins. There will also be storage space here for these items for an as yet undetermined time of three to perhaps twelve months, possibly through next Summer depending on funding and construction progress.
The entry "Sun" & You are the Future panel.
The planets game tables and planet information panels
The Drag interactive - Now under consideration by others
The lift interactive - Now under consideration by others
The bowling ball weight interactive
How tall interactive
The NASA spinoffs display case (photo attached)
The full cockpit flight simulator will be used through July 31 2015, but will not be immediately available to move. Parts of the building were built around the simulator and it is too large to fit through doors and hallways, so it will remain until plans are finalized to allow its removal. This could occur as late as mid 2016 in later phases of construction. In the meantime it will be kept operational and used if at all possible. This period would be a good time for the prospective owner to become familiar with it.
The EAA Biplane is a real "home-built", single seat aircraft. Designed in the 1950s, some are still flown and some completed as recently as 2003. The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) runs the big annual Oshkosh air show. Many EAA Biplanes were built, but this one, started by a local, was never finished. The fuselage, wings and tail are uncovered and separate from each other. It can be assembled uncovered as an "X-Ray" demo, possibly completed, or used for parts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EAA_Biplane Photo attached to this email.
Regards, Steve
................... DETAIL ON BIPE & Ornithopter new home ...............
Ornithopter - This will be displayed over the entryway in the main room of our multi-use facility as a source of education and inspiration to our members (currently 109) and guests (over 2000 per year). It's dramatic visual impact is certain to stimulate interest both in aviation and in homebuilding.
EAA Biplane - Initially, we will be assembling the biplane, keeping it in it's current uncovered condition.
It will be used to show the young people who participate our 6 yearly Young Eagles events how an aircraft is constructed and how aircraft controls operate. This is in preparation for their first flight in one of the General Aviation aircraft piloted by our volunteer pilots. It will also be used in a similar way for adults interested in getting involved in aviation thru our Eagle Flights program.

For the longer term, we will try acquire an engine core and propeller to mount to the plane to allow for a more complete demonstrator. If interest and/or finances allow, it will become a future construction project, bringing the aircraft to flying status.
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