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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Celebrates Aviation Day


DAYTON, Ohio —Celebrate National Aviation Day with free educational activities at Family Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.


What is National Aviation Day? It is a celebration of all things related to aviation and is held on the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday (147 years ago on Aug. 19 in Dayton, Ohio).

During Family Day, museum visitors will learn about achievements in aviation and aerospace from the Wright brothers' first flight to modern Air Force technology. Activities include hands-on demonstrations, a make it-take it workshop and Storytime.

The hands-on aviation and space demonstrations are appropriate for all ages and take place throughout the event. A variety of activities showcasing Air Force technology past, present and future will take place in the STEM Learning Node located in the Space and Research & Development Gallery.

In addition, visitors will be able to build and fly their own balsa glider to help them learn about controlling an aircraft in flight. This activity will take place in the center of the second building from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (while supplies last).

Younger visitors will enjoy a Storytime program at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery. This activity will feature stories of flight as well as a hands-on craft project.

Some materials for the program are being provided through the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied).

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. For additional information visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Education/Family-Day or call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Education Division at (937) 255-4646.


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Location

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 

16 S. Williams St., Dayton, OH 45402

Visitor Center:

For details and seasonal date schedules see https://www.nps.gov/daav/planyourvisit/hours.htm

or please call (937) 225-7705 for the current park schedule.

Parking:

From W. Third St., turn south on Williams St and then turn left on Fourth St. Go 1/2 block and turn left into the Visitor Center parking area.

CLICK HERE for a parking map.

See the Visitor Center page for details on hours.

Travel Note - Third St. Bridge closure:

The Third Street Bridge will be CLOSED beginning Jan. 1, 2020 until approximately Oct. 2021. Visitors can use the Fifth St. Bridge or the Salem Ave. Bridge as detours from downtown Dayton. A file with more detailed instructions for visitors traveling from the north or south via I-75, or from the east and west via US35 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

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