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    Roscoe’s Meteor: The Strange Road to Success December 22, 2022 A Homebuilt Built for the Highway December 21, 2022 You Just Invented the Airplane, Now What? December 19, 2022 Landings are Mandatory: Lt. Don Engen and the Mirror Landing System October 28, 2022 Breaking the Sound Barrier: Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1 October 13, 2022
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    Mail Away, Mail Away, Mail Away Presented Online
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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: At the Air Show Presented Online
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    Spy Planes: Eyes in the Sky Presented Online
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    Learn more Nation of Speed National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC October 14, 2022 - October 14, 2037 Learn more Early Flight National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC October 14, 2022 - October 14, 2037
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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make a Biplane Join us for a demonstration of how to use a paper towel tube and paper to make a biplane model. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjNOM44c9Bw&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=6 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aviation, Early flight, Aircraft

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make Your Own Cardboard Cockpit Join us for a demonstration of how to create an airplane cockpit for pretend play using cardboard and jar lids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJbQQRR-fg4&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=1 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, Aviation

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Build Your Own Simple Kite Watch a demonstration of how to make a simple kite that flies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYuQduJ1ZoE&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=10 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, Aviation, General aviation, Science

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make a Toy Plane That Floats Join museum educator Ann Caspari as she demonstrates how to make a plane from a plastic bottle and then uses it to play in a tub of water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggk7GVtcZMk&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=12 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Science, Aircraft, Aviation

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make an Airplane Card Watch and learn how to make a card shaped like an airplane and sednd it to a friend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-1G2kviKOo&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=17 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft

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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: At the Air Show In this story; Lou goes to an air show at the local airport; and the Three Friends are inspired by the fast flying jets and their cool maneuvers to create high flying kites https://youtu.be/RkqR7cWYQfI Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Aircraft, Aviation, General aviation, Science, Sports aviation

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    Learn more Milestones of Flight: The Epic of Aviation with the National Air and Space Museum Learn more Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History
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