JBSA-Lackland hosts 'Captain Marvel' exhibit, gets visit from first female fighter pilot

Exhibit slated to stay at Pfingston Reception Center until March 22

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SAN ANTONIO – Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, “Captain Marvel,” has not been released in theaters, but fans in the San Antonio area can already check out an exclusive exhibit featuring props, costumes and imagery from the film.

The 37th Training Wing and Air Force Recruiting Service, in collaboration with Disney and Marvel Studios, opened the exhibit Friday at the Pfingston Reception Center at JBSA-Lackland. 

The exhibit celebrates actor Brie Larson’s portrayal of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, and showcases her Air Force backstory as an F-15C Eagle fighter pilot. 

Larson and filmmakers consulted with the Air Force during filming. Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, commander of Air Force Recruiting Service and the first female fighter pilot, was on the set for several days.

Gen. Leavitt attended Friday's exhibit unveiling at Lackland. Even some of the most enthusiastic Marvel fans said they were most excited to meet Leavitt, whom they considered a real life hero.

"It's a dream come true, it really is," said Airman De Armas.

"That was the coolest thing ever. I'm just kind of starstruck right now, I'm not going to lie," another female airman said.

Initially, Air Force officials considered showcasing the exhibit at The Pentagon, however, it was decided that JBSA would be the perfect location because it's the setting for the origin story for so many members of the Air Force.

Thousands of people will be able to see the exhibit as families come from across the United States for basic training graduation ceremonies.

The exhibit is slated to stay at the Pfingston Reception Center until March 22. 

“Captain Marvel” will be released nationwide on March 8.

LIVE from Lackland AFB for the unveiling of an exclusive exhibit of props and costumes from Marvel’s “Captain Marvel.”

Posted by KSAT 12 & KSAT.com on Friday, February 22, 2019
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Joint Base San Antonio Lackland was chosen to showcase anexclusive exhibit featuring props and costumes from "Captain Marvel." Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, the first female fighter pilot, helped consult on the film and was at Lackland for the unveiling. The exhibit will be on display until March 22.

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