View of the runway at a airplane and car show.

Innovations in Flight

Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display

Here's an example of last year's activities. Stay tuned for our 2018 schedule. 

Safety briefings are mandatory for all visitors. Briefings are held throughout the day.

  • Outdoor Aviation Display
    See nearly 50 vintage, military, recreational, and home-built aircraft flown in for one day only. Meet the pilots and talk about how and why they fly.
  • Vintage Car Display
    See vintage cars paired by era with the airplanes.
  • A United Airlines Wide-Body Boeing 777
    You can hop aboard this Boeing 777; line closes at 1:00 pm
  • Reenactors: World War II through the Vietnam War
  • United States Air Force Drill Team

In the rear of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar, unless otherwise noted.

  • USAF Drill Team Demonstration
    11:00 am, outside
  • 70th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, Lt. Gen. Mark Nowland, U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
    12:30 pm
  • B-2 Flyover
    1:30 pm, outside
  • U.S. Air Force Women in Aviation Panel
    1:45 pm
  • U.S. Air Force Panel
    2:30 pm

10:00 am – 3:00 pm, various locations throughout the Museum.

  • Do hands-on learning with Discovery Stations and interactives throughout the Museum
  • Take part in a Paper Airplane Design Challenge
  • Test your Air Traffic Control skills on ATC computer simulations 
  • Learn about collecting U.S. Air Force History with the Archives Department 
  • Try your hand at a Wind Tunnel Design Challenge 
  • Learn about the Parts of a Plane
  • Let your tots learn about Air Traffic Patterns and runways 
  • Listen to Story Time and do a hands-on activity
  • Making STEM Magic: Red Rover Mission to Mars
    Making STEM Magic is made possible by the generous support of Micron Technology Foundation, Inc.

Outside the Museum store.

  • Mark James, author of Christopher’s Kite, Christopher’s Little Airplane, and Christopher’s Little Airplane Coloring Book
  • Col. Wolfgang Samuel, author of American Raiders, Coming to Colorado, German Boy, Glory Days, I Always Wanted to Fly, In Defense of Freedom, The War of Our Childhood, and Watson’s Whizzers
  • Sandra O'Connell, author of An American Family in World War II