National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Helicopter Family Day May 21

Learn and experience the wonders of the incredible and complex flying machine known as the helicopter during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 21 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Participants of all ages can see different types of model helicopters on display, many of which are radio-controlled (RC). One activity allows visitors to try their hand at flying an RC helicopter, and other demonstration stations teach visitors about what makes this complicated machine fly.

“Storytime” begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes and listen to stories about helicopters. Participants also can build and fly a paper gyrocopter.

Children and adults can make a helicopter from straws during this month’s Aerospace Adventure from 1:30-3 p.m. in the event area between the Korean War and Southeast Asia War Galleries.

All activities are free! No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free. For more information about the museum, visit

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