Learn how to prepare for a mission like the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders did, participate in a hands-on activity with B-25s on the deck of an aircraft carrier, or see how a radial engine works during Family Day at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force April 17.
“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes and listen to stories about aviation and aerospace.
A special workshop designed for students in grades 6-12 titled “Operation Mission Planning” will take place from 10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. in the museum’s Learning Center. During the workshop, students will test their research and analytical skills as they work together to select the appropriate aircraft and crew to prepare for a predetermined strategic mission. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.
In addition there will be several Aerospace Demonstration Stations for all ages located throughout the museum that will teach fun and simple aerospace principles. These hands-on activities will include a demonstration that explains aircraft structure and how the Doolittle Raiders’ B-25s took off from the deck of an aircraft carrier; an activity demonstrating projectile trajectories; and stations that show how control surfaces and radial engines work.
The event is free and visitors of all ages may participate in these aviation-related activities located throughout the museum galleries from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at 937-255-8048 for more information.
For more information: NationalMuseum.af.mil