After a storied career in the US Army as World War II raged in Europe, Boyertown native son, General Carl Spaatz was appointed the first Commander of the US Army Air Force. As an early proponent of using air power to defeat the enemy, Spaatz is credited with being a major force in defeating the Germans through a strategic bombing campaign aimed at oil and other resources used to support battle. He first directed the Eighth Air Force and then the Fifteenth Air Force before being promoted to Commander of the US Strategic Air Forces in Europe, with a rank of Lieutenant General, under the direct command of General Dwight Eisenhower. The designers of the General Carl Spaatz Museum in Boyertown aimed at creating an experience where visitors have a sense of “being there” instead of just viewing static artifacts. Live cast members in period uniforms demonstrate equipment used in an Air Force bomber, while guests walk through exhibits and recreations with “sensory impact, attend a pre-flight briefing, sit in a cockpit and serve as waist gunners and bombardiers. The Spaatz Museum is expected to open later in 2020.