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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.

In fact, 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

Getting There:

To view current events and more details, visit the America's Aviation Adventure at www.americasaviationadventure.com or Learn more about the College Park Aviation Museum at www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com.

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