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Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications
Kentucky Science Center
LOUISVILLE, KY, October 15, 2020 – A new permanent exhibit is landing at Kentucky Science Center! With the help of UPS and the Boeing Company, One World by Air Cargo will give guests an inside look at UPS’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 747-8F, and Worldport – UPS’s international air hub in Louisville. The exhibit, located on the second floor of Kentucky Science Center, debuts on October 15, 2020. Interactive displays include a flight simulator leaving Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Airport, airline decision making scenarios, fuel and distance calculations, trivia, video, and an opportunity for visitors to learn to load boxes into a real UPS air container.
“With the success of the UPS Package Truck inside Science in Play, we knew this new exhibit would be a hit with families,” says Mike Norman, Chief Executive Officer of Kentucky Science Center. “We are all about bringing hands on experiences to the community and this exhibit explores the many STEAM careers that are possible in one of Louisville’s largest employers. UPS continues to be a great partner, helping make Science for All a reality.”
Possibly the most exciting part of the exhibit is the Pilot Training Simulator. With three flying scenarios, guests can take off, land, or cruise at altitude – all from UPS Worldport at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and safely get the plane to its next destination. The software is the same design that UPS pilots use when they train. Guests can also learn about many job positions at UPS Airlines and insight into pursuing those career opportunities.
The exhibit will also feature a 1:20 scale model of the 747-8F and information about the mechanical workings of these state-of-the-art aircraft. With plenty of people shopping online during long COVID shut downs, these planes have been circling the planet carrying e-Commerce shipments, as well as life-saving medicines and critical parts that save jobs. One of the largest cargo planes in the world, the 747-8F hauls more than 307,000 pounds of cargo, or about 30,000 packages per flight. The jumbo jets are based at Louisville’s UPS Worldport, which is the largest package sorting facility in the world and processes more than 2,000,000 packages per day, peaking at 4,000,000 during the holiday season.
“We’re excited to see this exhibit come online to educate, entertain and showcase future opportunities for prosperity for Louisville Metro,” said UPS project liaison Kelly Hoggard. “This has been a two-year collaboration among Kentucky Science Center, Boeing and UPS, and we’re thrilled to share it with our community.”
Admission to Kentucky Science Center is $13 for children and $17 for adults. Combination movie and exhibit tickets are also available. Kentucky Science Center and its new second floor exhibit, One World by Air Cargo, is open seven days a week, 9:30-5. For more information, click here.
About Kentucky Science Center (KYScienceCenter.org)
Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges.