Museum to recognize National Aviation Day


Greene County News

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Celebrate National Aviation Day with free educational activities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

National Aviation Day is a celebration of all things related to aviation and is held on the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday (145 years ago on Aug. 19). During the event, museum visitors will learn about achievements in aviation and aerospace from the time of the Wright brothers’ first flight to modern Air Force technology.

These aviation and space demonstrations are appropriate for all ages and take place throughout the day. Activities will include a “flying race” between a Wright Flyer and an F-22, as well as flying a Wright Flyer in a wind tunnel while learning about the stability and control of aircraft. Visitors also will witness some modern-day technologies with a look at fuel cells, nanotechnology and robotics.

In addition, visitors will be able to build and fly their own foam gliders from 1:30-3 p.m. while supplies last. This activity is free and open to all ages.

Younger visitors will enjoy a Storytime program at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m. in Carney Auditorium. This activity will feature stories of flight as well as a hands-on craft project. A limited number of books will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis during each storytime, through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. and PNC Foundation.

While at the museum, check out MathAlive!, an entertaining, interactive traveling exhibit that allows visitors to experience math in action. The 5,000-square-foot exhibit is located in the Cold War Gallery and includes more than 40 immersive experiences.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at 937-255-4646 for additional information.

Story courtesy of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Story courtesy of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.