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New Interactive Videoconference

Vertical Flight at the Udvar-Hazy Center
These three helicopters on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center were among those seen by students in Texas during the "Vertical Flight: Helicopters in Action" virtual tour. From front to back are the Bell Model 30 Ship 1A Genevieve, Bell Model 47B, and Bell H-13J.

"Vertical Flight: Helicopters in Action" is a new interactive videoconference lesson designed by National Air and Space Museum educators and curators.

The lesson made its debut during multiple live broadcasts, reaching more than 700 students at ten schools in Texas. The students met "face-to-face" with Smithsonian experts to learn about the four forces of flight — lift, drag, weight, and thrust — as they apply to helicopter flight. The Museum provided a virtual tour of the Vertical Flight exhibit at the Udvar- Hazy Center and experts answered questions about the Museum’s unique collection of helicopters. The multimedia experience included a video clip from the Imax movie, Straight Up: Helicopters in Action, which showed how a helicopter pilot has to use both feet and hands to fly. In their classrooms, students were given various aero props to demonstrate vertical lift, control, height, angle, speed, and direction. Other hands-on activities included building paper helicopters and constructing a "Bernoulli Strip" project to learn about air pressure.

This lesson joins the existing video presentations listed on the Museum's website.

This videoconference was made possible by the generous support of Safran.