Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

African American Pioneers

Heritage Family Day Series

Museum Explainer with Young Visitor

Each February, the Museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Visitors enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories, and may have the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. They also learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through reenactments or story times.

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This program is made possible through the generous support of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Explainers at African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day

Family Day

African American Pioneers in Aviation
Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Museum in Washington, DC
Admission: Free

TIMED ACTIVITIES AND PRESENTATIONS

Conversations with Tuskegee Airmen
A presentation from Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen of the East Coast Chapter who served during or right after World War II.
In America by Air
11:00 am 

Flights of Fancy Story Time
Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of “Brave Bessie” Coleman by Reeve Lindbergh
In the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery
11:00 am and 1:30 pm

Follow Me! An Adventure with the Tuskegee Airmen
A puppet show presentation produced for the National Air and Space Museum by Rainbow Puppet Productions.
In the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery
11:45 am and 2:15 pm

Triple Nickles
A presentations from three members of the Triple Nickles about the first all-African American Parachute Infantry Battalion who, during World War II, were trained by the US Forest Service to be Smoke Jumpers and were sent to the Pacific Northwest where they fought fires set by Japanese fire bombs.   
In America by Air
1:00 pm 

 

ALL DAY PRESENTATIONS

In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
Talk to pilots, air traffic controllers, NTSB crash investigators, and more!
See collections from our archives.

In Space Race
Robots! Experience robotics through demonstrations and hands-on opportunities.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES

In the South Lobby
Design Build Test: Parachutes!

In Space Race
Design an astronaut mission patch.
Make your own communications headset.

In Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery
Create squadron patches and medals inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen.
Suit up in aviator goggles and scarves.

At stations throughout the Museum
Collect playing cards—get four and earn a gold medal.

 

Driving directions to the Museum in Washington, DC
Museum Floorplan

African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day

Family Day

African American Pioneers in Aviation
Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Admission: Free, Parking $15

TIMED ACTIVITIES AND PRESENTATIONS

Meet NASA Astronaut, Col. B. Alvin Drew, Jr. (Ret. USAF)
In the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, in front of Space Shuttle Discovery
11:00 am

Follow Me! An Adventure with the Tuskegee Airmen
A puppet show presentation produced for the National Air and Space Museum by Rainbow Puppet Productions.
In the McDonnell Space Hangar, in front of Space Shuttle Discovery
12:00 pm and 2:15 pm

Conversations with Tuskegee Airmen
A presentation from Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen of the East Coast Chapter who served during or right after World War II.
In the McDonnell Space Hangar, in front of Space Shuttle Discovery
1:00 pm

Flights of Fancy Story Time
Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of “Brave Bessie” Coleman by Reeve Lindbergh
In the Boeing Aviation Hangar
10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 am

Portable Planetarium Presentations
In the McDonnell Space Hangar, behind Space Shuttle Discovery
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm

Paper Airplane Design Contest
In the Boeing Aviation Hangar
12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm

 

ALL DAY PRESENTATIONS

In the Boeing Aviation Hangar
Talk to pilots and other professionals about their careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields
United States Air Force Academy Way of Life Alumni Group
AviationEd, Inc. STEM Professionals
United States Air Force Academy Air Liaison Team

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES

In the Boeing Aviation Hangar
Discovery Stations
Flight Interactives
Make Your Own Comet Craft Activity

 

Driving directions to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Udvar-Hazy Center Floorplan

 

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