African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

February 25, 2017 | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Free, Parking $15

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. Enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories. Learn about African American astronauts, pilots, and scientists of the past and present and their accomplishments. 


In the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

  • Astronaut Presentation
    Hear from NASA astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson.
    10:30 am
  • Follow Me! An Adventure with the Tuskegee Airmen
    A puppet show about the Tuskegee Airmen, produced for the National Air and Space Museum by Rainbow Puppet Productions.
    11:30 am and 1:30 pm
  • Portable Planetarium Presentations
    11:30 am, 12:30 and 1:30 pm
  • Living the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy
    Current professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields discuss the struggles and triumphs they have encountered to be the best in their careers.
    12:30 pm
  • Conversations with Tuskegee Airmen
    A presentation from original Tuskegee Airman of the East Coast Chapter who served during or right after World War II
    1:30 pm


On the lower level of the Boeing Aviation Hangar

  • Career Talks with STEM Professionals: U.S. Air Force Academy Air Liaison Team, Legacy of Flight Academy, USAF Academy Way of Life Alumni Chapter, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals and the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees
  • National Air and Space Museum Archives
  • Paper Airplane Design Contest Demonstrations
  • Make an Escape and Invasion Map
  • Discovery Stations
  • Design a Tuskegee Airman Squadron Patch
  • Making STEM Magic: Operation Sky People: Learn about drag in our February challenge and create a parachute to give your paratrooper the safe landing. 
  • Story Time and Aviator Dress-Up Corner: Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of “Brave Bessie” Coleman

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