More than 50 aircraft will be flown in for one day only for the “Innovations in Flight” family day and outdoor aviation display, held annually at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
In honor of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 100th anniversary, a variety of Coast Guard aircraft will join more than 50 military, recreational and homebuilt aircraft and classic automobiles.
“Innovations in Flight” will take place Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors will have the opportunity to experience flight using a museum collection item: One of two balloons that will be used for tethered flights Saturday was made especially for the museum and donated recently by Adams Balloons.
It features the Smithsonian logo, and although an example of a classic Adams wicker balloon basket is on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center, this is the first envelope in the collection. Flights will be dependent on the weather.
Visitors will explore a variety of other aircraft that will fly in for one day only. United Airlines will send a Boeing wide-body aircraft and visitors will have the chance to explore the inside and hear from the pilots firsthand.
There will be military aircraft, general aviation aircraft, sport pilot qualified aircraft, vintage aircraft, helicopters and vintage cars paired by era with the airplanes. Visitors can walk up to the planes, meet the pilots and go in some of the cockpits.
Other activities include World War II reenactors, tours, book signings, story times and hands-on activities.
Presentations will be given by the U.S. Air Force, the Northern Virginia Radio Control Club, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Airplane Geeks, International Plastic Modelers Society and many more.
The “Innovations in Flight” family day is free and open to the public; parking is $15. The event goes on rain or shine; however, the tethered hot air balloon flights and the participation of visiting aircraft are weather contingent. Should inclement weather prevent aircraft from taking part, family-day activities inside the center will still take place.