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

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

Follow Me!
A puppet show about the Tuskegee Airmen, 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

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 – 12:00 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 – 2:00 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

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

 

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