Explore The History Of Flight At College Park Aviation Museum
Once the idea of humans flying was little more than fantasy.
Today, we often wish it was just that while standing in lines at
the airport. The journey of flight in our history is filled with
thrilling and heroic moments. From the Wright Brother's first
flight to the exciting air shows that drawn thousands; we can
let our imagination take flight in Maryland.
Maryland is home to the College Park Airport, which is the
oldest continuously operating airport in the world, and where
the Wright Brother's taught military pilots how to fly. For
those who love Aviation history, Maryland offers plenty of
unique sites to visit. The College Park Aviation Museum is
filled with hand-on, interactive exhibits the whole family will
enjoy. You'll find a reproduction of a Blériot XI monoplane, and
the 1910 Wright Model B, along with the impressive 1916 Curtiss
JN-4D "Jenny" Military Tractor.
While you cannot buy much
for a dollar these days, you can take flight with regular museum
admission, and $1 in the museums 1911 Model B Flight Simulator
that takes you on a journey over the historic College Park
Airport. The Cockpit hand controls and state-of-the-art visuals
make our simulator the ultimate Wright Brothers experience.
The College Park Aviation Museum also hosts a number of
great programs including the Peter Pan Club on the 2nd and 4th
Thursdays of every month. This is a fun program for
pre-schoolers that features aviation stories and activities.
There are Spanish Language Tours available on the 2nd Saturday
of every month, and special programs scheduled for Girl Scouts
and Boy Scouts.
The College Park Aviation Museum honors
Veterans with the Veterans History Project, a nation wide
program documenting the stories of war veterans and civilians
involved in war efforts. The museums invites visitors to to
share your experiences by calling to set an appointment for an
interview at 301-864-6029.
The College Park Aviation
Museum, located at the airport, offers many exciting events and
exhibits. It is also just one of the four Maryland sites
participating in a cooperative venture called America’s Aviation
Adventure. Travelers can explore fifteen sites in Maryland,
Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina with a special
passport program explores a variety of airports, museums and
national parks. Explore Aviation history and have your
“passports” stamped at each site, and after visiting at least
eight, you'll earn a special pin to mark your trip.
By Melody Schubert
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