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MD-80 Discovery Center

Md 80 Flight Theater

MD-80 Discovery Center

Donated to TASM by American Airlines, the MD-80 airliner was moved from American's Maintenance base on Tulsa International Airport to its permanent place between Hangar One Museum and the Planetarium in late 2013.   Benefitting from several fundraising campaigns and generous donations, TASM converted the MD-80 into the MD-80 Discovery Center and a unique FLIGHT THEATER. 

MD-80 Tours


Walkthrough tours:  Monday - Saturday 12:00PM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM

Full Flight Theater Experience:  Monday - Saturday 11:00AM and 2:00PM

Cost:  Included with cost of admission.  Seating is limited (24 seats and 2 handicap spots).  You must have a boarding pass to go aboard, NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please RETURN Boarding Passes to the VOLUNTEER after the tour.  If children take up a seat, they must have a boarding pass.

MD-80 Flight Theater - "Flight Experience"

Your Flight Experience begins when you enter what was once the coach section of the airliner. You will be greeted and welcomed by a holographic airline captain in uniform. She will describe the four major advances of flight which you will then see in 3-D holograms as you go foward into the theater. The Flight Theater was designed to transport Museum guests on an inspirational journey using state-of-the-art projection technology and theater quality surround sound.  The Flight Theater creates an immersive environment in the first-class section of the MD-80 aircraft that is designed to inspire, educate and entertain museum guests.  This must see, one-of-a-kind, (24) seat venue provides an experience like no other.  We know you will enjoy this "Flight Experience" and come back for future productions.


Virtual Greeter 2

                                     Your Holographic Captain

Hologram Hot Air Balloon 1

                                       Hot Air Ballon Hologram

Fly Into Sunset

                                                  The Theater

Fly Over Tulsa

                                   Tulsa Skyline All Around You


TASM MD-80 Flight Theater Overview - VIDEO  

TASM MD-80 Flight Theater Sound System - VIDEO


"Flight Theater" Fascinating Facts

  • 15 video projectors are blended to create a seamless 60-foot long image that virtually surrounds the first-class section of the aircraft.
  • Projectors are "lamp-less" and use laser and LED's for a combined light output of 40,000 lumens.
  • Projectors are very power efficient and have a life expectancy of 20,000 hours each, which works out to 4,165 days or 11 1/2 years in our application.
  • The 250 watt theater quality sound audio system has a total of 8 custom surround sound speakers and a 12" dual ported sub-woofer.
  • 3 high-powered custom-built computers drive the dynamic WatchOut software that controls the show.
  • In total, it took over 5,000 feet of wiring to install the audio/video systems.
  • A specially designed cluster of 5 GoPro 4k cameras were used to capture the aerial video for this production.
  • A small experimental aircraft, helicopter and jet were used to film the aerial photography.
  • Over 5,000 man hours were spent on content just for the production.
  • Nearly 1,200 hours of labor were donated by American Airlines for fabrication and installation.
  • The project took a combined total of nearly 14,000 man hours from conception to reality.