K-12 programs education

All programs are 30 minute presentations followed by a guided tour.

Black Wings
Travel through history as you meet famous African Americans in the world of aviation! Meet combat pilot Eugene Jacques Bullard, who flew during World War I. Hear about the heroic Tuskegee Airmen and other aviation pioneers like Bessie Coleman, the first African American to earn a pilot’s license. Meet the first African American commercial airline pilots and astronauts. Interact with the Forces of Flight exhibits and operate a real wind tunnel!

Women in Aviation
Join us to celebrate the lives of the first female aviators such as Harriet Quimby, the first American woman with a pilot’s license, and trace the ever-increasing role of women in aviation right up to the modern day! Learn about the daring exploits of Amelia Earhart and other brave women who helped break down barriers that prevented them from experiencing the thrill of flight. Hear about female combat pilots and what they have accomplished while flying the most advanced aircraft in existence.

The Wright Path
Follow the path of Orville and Wilbur Wright as they use scientific processes to solve the challenge of manned flight. Your group will begin by assembling on the Virginia Aviation Museum’s observation deck which is surrounded by replicas of various Wright gliders and the 1903 flying machine. Hear how the Wrights progressed through the stages of their experiments and see the construction of their first kites and gliders. Follow their path to more detailed scientific experiments using a wind tunnel and arrive at the Wright’s greatest success with the 1903 flyer.

Just Plane Fun
Join the excitement of special activities, crafts, and a guided museum tour! Allow one hour. Intended audience ages 4 - 5 years.

Paper Airplane Workshop
Learn the basic forces of flight as you fold and fly a delta dart!  Allow one hour. Intended audience grades 3 - 8.