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  • By Lisa M. Riley

Registration is now open for a free virtual Read Across America program hosted by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The program will feature four aviation-themed books targeting second and third grade classrooms. Each registrant will receive a YouTube link to an 8-15 minute video, which includes the book reading with images from the book and a short tour of a corresponding museum exhibit.

The books and guest readers are:

“The Tuskegee Airmen Story” read by Willie Reese, U.S. Air Force veteran and nephew of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, Jr.

“Pilot Mom” read by Pilot Jo Dibble

“Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy that Dropped from the Sky” read by Mark Hill, Ohio Education Association (OEA) secretary-treasurer

“A Boy and His Blackbird” read by Jeff Wensing, OEA vice president

Registration for this virtual program is open to all interested teachers and educators, no matter their geographic location. Register now by sending your name, city and state to with ‘Read Across America’ in the subject line.  Links to the readings will be available from March 1-31, 2023.

Additional books may be added and will be announced on our website at

Note:   Read Across America was launched in 1998 by the National Education Association and is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. Federal Endorsement is not implied.

All links are provided with the support of the authors and publishers.

In 2023, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force celebrates its 100th Anniversary.  Since 1923 the museum has grown from a small engineering study collection to the world's largest military aviation museum and is a world-renowned center for air and space power technology and culture preservation. Join us throughout 2023 as we celebrate our storied history with special events and exhibits for visitors of all ages. Visit our website for more information at

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

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