Simulators, Demonstrations and Activities
Flight Science Demonstrations
Flight really takes off in our interactive demonstrations about the science and history of flight. From balloons to the Wright Brothers to the Space Shuttle, you can feel the pressure of air, see a balloon launch, explore the Bernoulli Principle and more. Demonstrations are located in the Civilian Aviation Exhibit Hangar.
Build & Fly Activities
Hands-on "build & fly" activities that will spark the imagination and challenge the inquisitive mind. You even get to take your new creations home with you for future flying fun. Located at the Build & Fly Station in the Military Exhibit Hangar.
America Takes to the Air
Explore the early days of commercial aviation from the Ford Tri-Motor, to the famous DC-3, to the Boeing 747, through hands-on, interactive demonstrations. The demonstrations look at the marketing efforts of the early airlines, stewardess requirements, and the technology that was developed that has become the foundation of modern air travel. Visitors will get to see and touch some unique artifacts that tell this amazing story of travel and adventure.
Gain a pilot’s eye perspective from the cockpit exploring the controls and flight instruments of select aircraft within our collection.
The Flight Sim Spot, puts you in the cockpit. With real cockpit controls, three large screens, great stereo sound and the best available graphics, you can fly virtually any aircraft, anywhere - even aircraft in the Museum's collection.
Trained Educators (many of them are active pilots) provide training, instruction and personal attention not only in how to use the simulators but in the many aspects of flight.
Tuesday - Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. with extended hours during holidays and special events. Two people (pilot and co-pilot) can fly on one pass. Seating is limited. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Schedule subject to change.
30 minute flight block (two people per simulator - pilot and co-pilot):
The Flight Sim Spot is made possible through the generous support from: the John G. Martin Foundation, the William and Alice Mortensen Foundation, Premier Flight Center and Executive Valet Airport Parking.