During Family Day Aug. 19, visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Force will learn about achievements in aviation and aerospace from the Wright brothers’ first flight to modern Air Force technology. Activities include hands-on demonstrations, build and fly balsa gliders, presentations and storytime. (Contributed photo)
Photo: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Photo: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Air Force museum celebrates National Aviation Day with activities

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is hosting educational activities until 3 p.m. today, Aug. 19, as part of its celebration of National Aviation Day. All activities are free and open to the public.

During “Family Day,” visitors can learn about major events and breakthroughs in aviation history, from the Wright brothers’ first flight to modern Air Force developments. Families can participate in activities including hands-on demonstrations, building and flying balsa gliders, presentations and Storytime, according to a media release.

The hands-on aviation and space demonstrations are geared toward all ages. A variety of activities showcasing Air Force technology past, present and future, such as: wind tunnels, nanotechnology, and more, will take place in the STEM Learning Node located in the Space and Research & Development Gallery.

Until 3 p.m, visitors will also be able to build and fly their own balsa glider, helping them learn about the controls of flying an aircraft. This will take place in the center of the second building (while supplies last). 

Presentation topics include "spy" satellites, drones, X-planes and presidential aircraft. Two will begin 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., and last about 45 minutes each, and will be held in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery. Doors will remain open throughout the presentation for those who may be unable to stay.

Younger visitors can enjoy a Storytime program at 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery. This will include stories of flight as well as a hands-on craft project.

No reservations are necessary. Visit the museum's website at www.nationalmuseum.af.mil, or call the Education Division at 937-255-4646 for additional information.

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