Young intrepid flyers can strap into flight harnesses to test their piloting skills in one of two hang gliding simulators. Children of all abilities can enter a balloon gondola basket, or send a balloon to the ceiling in the Museum's newly re-designed children's exhibit, located adjacent to the Side Gallery. An aircraft instrumentation area helps kids learn what it takes to control a flying machine.
Sit in the cockpits and operate the controls of a real Rotorway Scorpion helicopter, Thorp T-18 homebuilt aircraft, and a P-47D replica. Conduct high-speed aerodynamic experiments examining the performance of a variety of shapes in a wind machine. With working models of engines, see what keeps a plane roaring and see how aircraft are built with a close-up view of flying grade materials, components, and fasteners.
Younger children of preschool age can taxi by a mini-air traffic control tower with plush airplane toys on a soft runway floor mural. There's something for kids of all ages in the Flight Zone!