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Giant Warship Sails into Alamogordo

Showcasing America’s High Seas Mastery

Jets readying for take-off from the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan. Courtesy Stephen Low Productions.

Imagine the largest warship in the world: a nuclear powered aircraft carrier the size of a city, carrying a crew of nearly 5,000, with a mission to prevail in all operations from peace to war. Then imagine that warship accompanied by a US Navy fleet sailing across the high seas with fleets from more than 22 nations.

Now you have an image of the largest international maritime training exercise in history, with the Nimitz-class carrier USS Ronald Reagan as the centerpiece, and the star of the new large-format film Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea that documents not just the drill but what it’s like to live and work in a floating, battle-ready city.

Premiering at the New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo on July 1, Aircraft Carrier presents the true scale and drama of carrier and fleet naval operations through the eyes of the navy’s highly skilled sea and air personnel as they engage in a giant war simulation.

What’s better than a giant screen film that showcases America’s high seas mastery? Why free admission, of course! Members of the Museum of Space History will be invited to special 6:00 p.m. first weekend showings of Aircraft Carrier as part of new member benefits rolling out this year. Other benefits include free admission to the museum all year, free admission to planetarium films and star shows, invitations to free, members-only special events like Yuri’s Night, and special ticket prices for museum events like the Trinity Site Motorcoach Tour, International Space Hall of Fame Induction, and the popular July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. With family memberships (2 adults and all children under 18) starting at only $75, just a few trips to the museum and theater more than make up for the investment! For more information about becoming a member, visit the museum’s website or call.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, Closed Tuesdays. Adults $7, Seniors (60+)/Military/NM Resident $6, Children (4–12) $5, Children (3 & Under) Free.

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