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Build your own space shuttle during Family Day

DAYTON, Ohio -- Children and their families can build and fly a paper model of a space shuttle orbiter during Family Day on June 17 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The space shuttle activity is this month's Aerospace Adventure, which takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the museum's Modern Flight Gallery.

In addition to the Aerospace Adventure, Family Day offers several aviation-related experiences for children and adults of all ages. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a guided tour featuring a fast-paced overview of aviation history. The tour is designed to appeal to all ages.

"Storytime" follows at 11:30 a.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children (through third grade) are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes and listen to thrilling stories about aviation and space.

In addition to those programs, visitors can take part in demonstration stations spread throughout the museum galleries from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One station allows participants the chance to sit in a B-2 ejection seat and try on a parachute pack.

Museum admission and Family Day activities are free. No advanced reservations are necessary. For more information, contact the museum's Education Division at (937) 255-8048, ext. 461, 462 or 463.

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

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 333.

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