The Airplane Comes of Age: The World Starts to Fly

September 19, 2009 | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Museum in Washington, DC

This family day celebrates early flight with a focus on pilots from South and Central America. Activities for all ages and bilingual presentations are included. 

See an authentic reproduction of the Wright 1909 Military Flyer on display for the day in the Milestones of Flight Gallery

Discover the Contributions of Early Latin American Aviators with Dan Hagedorn, author of Conquistadors of the Sky.  (Books will be available for purchase).

Find out what it is like to fly pre-WWI planes.   Dan Taylor, a popular DJ for NYCs’ WCBS-FM, will share his exciting tales of flying planes just like those in the Early Flight Gallery.

Learn about six pre-WWI aviators who made a difference.  There will be a bilingual storytime and a variety of hands-on activities about the Wright Brothers, Jorge Chavez, Alberto Santos Dumont, Louis Bleriot and Harriet Quimby.

Ask an expert.  Curators Tom Crouch and Peter Jakab will talk about the Early Flight Gallery with a special focus on the Wright 1909 Military Flyer.

Many activities and tours will be offered in both English and Spanish. 

This Heritage Family Day Series is sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation.