Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first flight, Dec. 17, 1903, at Kittyhawk, N.C. Activities on Family Day Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will celebrate National Aviation Day. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Celebrate National Aviation Day during free event

Celebrate National Aviation Day with free educational activities at Family Day Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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. to 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, 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.

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