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The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the US has launched a virtual reality (VR) app, dubbed the VR Hangar.

wright bros 28 dec 2017The free mobile app combines 3D scans of some of the museum’s most iconic items, such as the Wright brothers’ plane used at Kitty Hawk, and puts them into a virtual, immersive environment for users to explore. The app is designed to be used with Google Carboard or similar devices and is available on iOS and Android devices.

The app features vignettes on three of its most popular air and spacecraft exhibits: the aforementioned 1903 Wright Flyer; the Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis, which became the first plane to break the sound barrier; and the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia. Each vignette is two to four minutes long — depending on how much of the content users want to explore — and features scenes on the development of these aircrafts, as well as their most historic moments.

The museum may plan additions to the app if the response is positive.