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Summer educational opportunities at the museum

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
A variety of free programs at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will help visitors of all ages find fun and exciting learning opportunities throughout the summer.

On Fridays from July 12-Aug. 30, the museum will offer "Amazing Makeovers: Aircraft Edition" from 1-3 p.m. Visitors are invited to stop at the "Amazing Makeovers" stations in the main museum complex to see artifacts from past aircraft restoration projects and learn how the restoration team preserves the Air Force's proud legacy. Visitors may opt for a docent-led tour of these stations by assembling at 12:45 p.m. in Carney Auditorium. Registration is not required.

Visitors can participate in aerospace demonstration stations from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 3, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25 and 26 throughout the museum. The stations will focus on various aerospace principles such as wind tunnels, robotics, rocketry, GPS and more. Also, on July 19, four student teams will demonstrate robotics for museum visitors. Demonstration stations will continue in August, and more information will be available on the museum's online event calendar,, as those dates near.

Scavenger hunts are a great way to explore the museum. Young visitors will enjoy looking at photos of animals and matching them to exhibits throughout the museum while another activity leads people throughout the museum, with questions ranging from the first flight through today's stealth bombers. Visitors may pick up copies of these scavenger hunts at the information desk or print them from the museum's website at

Other online opportunities include the self-guided audio tours, which can be found at Take an audio tour of the museum's galleries or download the latest in-depth tour, which focuses on intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance lessons taught throughout the museum's Early Years and World War II Galleries. Additional tours will be added to this section in the coming months.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

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