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Dynamics of Flight

April 16, 2013

Is “become a pilot” on your bucket list? Have you often wondered how those amazing (and very heavy) machines stay in the air? Did you know the first US airline was established in 1914?

The forces of flight will be front and center in “Dynamics of Flight,” a special exhibition at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History the Museum. This exhibit, which opens on June 1, 2013, will unlock the wonder of flying, the amazing history and heritage of aviation, and the excitement of working in the field. It will feature a flight simulator so that you can test your skills as a pilot and learn how to handle an airplane’s pitch, yaw and roll. Other fundamentals of avionics illustrated in this exhibit include the physics of lift, drag, and thrust, and how those are displayed in modern cockpits.

For a special treat, Sky 7, the KOAT helicopter, will make appearance at the Museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. Visitors can speak with the Sky 7 pilot and its crew and learn about how helicopters fly. Visitors can also get up close to the Museum’s four aircraft, something that is unique in our area.

“Dynamics of Flight” will be on display through the end of the year. There is no additional fee to experience the exhibit, beyond the usual price of admission of $8 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors. Underwriting of “Dynamics of Flight” was provided by Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, with additional support provided by the Albuquerque Section of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aspen Avionics, the US Southwest Soaring Museum, and the Lobo Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.

Another flight-related effort at the Museum will kick off on May 31: an ambitious campaign to raise $200,000 in two years. This fundraising effort will be called “Operation Preservation: The Campaign to Restore the Planes.” The campaign will provide resources vital to the restoration of the Museum’s iconic aircraft: the B-29 Superfortress, the B-52B Stratofortress, the A-7 Corsair II, and the B-47E Stratojet.

A number of aircraft themed events are being planned for the summer at the Museum, including a showing of the blockbuster movie, The Avengers, outside under the airplane wings on August 3.

Summer Camp - May 29 - August 10

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Summer Camp 2018 for children who are 6 to 12 years old. Experience the wonders of science in week-long sessions, May 29 - August 10. Sessions include "Code of the Robot," "Chemistry and Intrigue," "Science of the X-scape," "STEMinists," "Spy Kids" and many more!

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B-47E Stratojet Restoration

Help us restore New Mexico’s only Boeing B-47E Stratojet, serial number 53-2280, one of only 23 surviving B-47 airplanes in existence! This airplane will be the focus of a special initiative within “Operation Preservation” – a multi-year campaign to repaint and refurbish the iconic aircraft in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, Heritage Park.

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Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Festival

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host the 22nd Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Festival, celebrating the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages and unique experiences represented among ethnic groups from Asia and the Pacific on Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 3 pm.

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