Air Force Museum hosts family day

During 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. story times in the Early Years Gallery preschool and primary-grade, children will sit under the wings of airplanes to listen to stories about aviation and do a craft project.

Special on-going demonstrations on rocket guidance systems will take place from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node next to the Space Shuttle Exhibit in the Cold War Gallery

Participants will be able to watch launches of tissue-paper model hot air balloons in the museum’s second building between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

An event highlight will be the interactive Red Bull Stratos exhibit showing how Felix Baumgartner ascended to 127,852 feet in a stratospheric balloon and made a free-fall jump, rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. The exhibit includes the actual capsule and space suit used in Baumgartner’s October 2012 record-setting mission. DIANA BLOWERS, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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