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WHIO meteorologist is special guest during free event at museum

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Learn about various aspects of weather, especially regarding how it affects flight, through a number of fun demonstrations and hands-on activities during Family Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 21 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Don't miss WHIO meteorologist Rich Wirdzek's special presentation from 2-3 p.m. in Carney Auditorium.

Other activities include the interactive quiz game "Are you a weather wizard?"; learning how a cloud forms; and "Are you smarter than a fourth grader?" which will test visitors' knowledge about all types of clouds. Visitors can also learn about barometers, discover how thermals affect flight and more!

"Storytime" begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes to hear stories about the weather and make their own Weather Wheel.

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.

Also on March 21, the Air Force Museum Theatre will show Tornado Alley at noon and 4 p.m. for a special price of $5. This heart-pounding science adventure follows "Storm Chasers" star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes. The theatre is operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization that assists the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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 17 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 Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.