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Global reach is topic of Family Day

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Visitors will learn about "global reach" aircraft and the work that they do, including transporting people and supplies around the world, during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on June 1 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Hands-on activities and demonstration stations will show visitors how aircraft are able to lift large and heavy loads, how aircraft are refueled for long distance travel, and how cargo can be dropped from a plane and delivered where needed - especially for humanitarian purposes.

Visitors also will have the opportunity to try to drop their "cargo" into the drop zone from a model aircraft as it moves over the target. From 1:30-3 p.m., participants will learn about the famous Berlin Candy Bomber as they make a paper parachute of their own.

Pilot and navigator Don Meyer will give a free presentation on aerial refueling at 2 p.m. in Carney Auditorium. He will explain the past, present and future of the incredible innovation and technology that make global reach a reality.

The event is free, and visitors of all ages may participate in these aviation-related activities located throughout the museum galleries. No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. 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 Education Division at (937) 255-4646.

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.