A $68,000 grant from the Ahmanson Foundation is helping speed up construction of a hands-on education center at The Air Museum Planes of Fame at the Chino Airport (CNO) in Chino, Calif.
The center will feature interactive displays and state-of-the-art technology to teach history, math and science principles as they apply to aviation.
Museum officials anticipate that construction of the building will be completed by early 2007.
The Majestic Realty Foundation, the Wal-Mart Foundation, the Alfred L. and Constance C. Wolf Aviation Fund, as well as the Thomas Wathen Foundation, provided initial grants for the project.
The center is expected to cost about $530,000.
Construction of the education center coincides with the 50th anniversary of the museum, which was the first permanent air museum in the American West. Planes of Fame features 150 aircraft and exhibits at CNO and at an auxiliary facility on the Valle Airport (40G) near the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
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