Let Your Kid Be the Pilot
Young intrepid flyers can strap into flight harnesses to test their piloting skills in one of two hang gliding simulators. Children of all abilities can enter a balloon gondola basket, or send a balloon to the ceiling in the Museum's newly re-designed children's exhibit, located adjacent to the Side Gallery. An aircraft instrumentation area helps kids learn what it takes to control a flying machine. Sit in the cockpits and operate the controls of a real Rotorway Scorpion helicopter, Thorp T-18 homebuilt aircraft, and a P-47D replica. Conduct high-speed aerodynamic experiments examining the performance of a variety of shapes in a wind machine. With working models of engines, see what keeps a plane roaring and see how aircraft are built with a close-up view of flying grade materials, components, and fasteners. Younger children of preschool age can taxi by a mini-air traffic control tower with plush airplane toys on a soft runway floor mural. There's something for kids of all ages in the Flight Zone!
Please note that sections of the Flight Zone may be closed to the public from 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday, to accommodate pre-scheduled educational programs. The remainder of the exhibit will remain open during these times.
Flight Zone programs are available for your school group. See here for rates and information.