AF Museum Family Day Sept. 28 will celebrate forces of gravity

Sir Isaac Newton would have felt right at home during the next Family Day Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

That date has been dedicated to the study of gravity. The museum is inviting visitors to celebrate the fall season while learning how people can overcome and cope with the force that causes falling. Demonstration stations and hands-on activities will enhance visitors’ experiences.

The schedule is:

• Bldg. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Try on a real parachute and feel the effects of gravity; sit in a B-2 ejection seat;

• Bldg. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Civil Air Patrol STEM activities/demonstrations;

• Bldg. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Virtual Reality Experience; learn about gravity in VR; learn with various gravity-related demonstrations; demonstrations of robots and their abilities by seeing the Powerstackers and Innovators robotics group in action.

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Also in Bldg. 4, STEM Learning Node, 12:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. – Presidential Aircraft Briefing, learn additional fun facts about the museum’s extensive collection of presidential aircraft during a special 15-minute-long briefing.

For the younger audience, “Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node, located in the Presidential Gallery, Bldg. 4. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to hear aviation-related stories, followed by a hands-on activity.

All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary.

For more information, visit 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 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year more than 800,000 visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit

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