Efforts started in early 2014 at the Air Force
Historical Research Agency, a repository for Air Force
historical documents at Maxwell Air Force Base,
Alabama. The agency provides
research facilities for professional military education
students, the faculty, visiting scholars and the general
It consists of more than 70 million
pages devoted to the history of the service and
represents the world's largest and most valuable
organized collection of documents on U.S. military aviation.
detail was used while putting together the exhibit, from
the Italian-style stucco on the wall to the tiles on the
floor, and the group made sure the exhibit was as
accurate as possible.
"The uniforms came from our museum, but a lot of the
other items, like the desk and typewriter, came from
friends, family or volunteers who donated to the
museum," Cortez said.
As for the items that
friends and family cannot provide, Cortez said he finds
items driving around the local area and fabricates them
to make them look 'more authentic.
we need could be anywhere," he said. "You never know
what you can find."
The exhibit was finished earlier this year and is
based on Master Sgt. William Harris, a line chief
with the 332nd Fighter group who was killed in World
War II. It depicts a scene where he is calling a
mechanic with instructions to ready a fighter plane
for combat, while his administrative typist