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Come and explore engineering at the National Museum USAF

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  • By Danielle Almeter
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Come and explore the world of engineering as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of perhaps the greatest engineering feat in modern history – the International Space Station (ISS) – during Family Day on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The first segment of the ISS was launched on Nov. 20, 1998!

Designed for children and adults of all ages, Family Day offers a number of interactive opportunities for all to enjoy. Visitors will be able to learn about engineering and spaceflight, living in space and rocketry through a variety of demonstrations and hands-on activities. For example, visitors will be able to launch paper rockets, see model and high power rockets, build a structure with a toy construction kit, and see a 3D printer in action.


“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node in the Presidential Gallery in the fourth building. Preschool and primary-grade children and their families are invited to listen to space-related stories, followed by a hands-on activity.


In addition, visitors of all ages are invited to attend special 15-minute long “briefings” that give additional fun facts about the Museum’s extensive collection of Presidential aircraft.  These briefings begin at 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the STEM Learning Node located in the Presidential Gallery. 


All activities are free, and no advanced reservations are necessary. For additional information visit or call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646.


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


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


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


NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Danielle Almeter at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.