From Kitty Hawk, NC to the Moon.
Next month will mark the 113rd anniversary of the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright. On your next class trip to Washington DC students will get a chance to see all of the aircraft and spacecraft that have marked the pages of history in these last 113 years.
So much has happened from the first flight of 12 seconds and 120 feet of the Wright brothers in 1903 to today when flights can last over 15 hours over 8000 miles.
Within 66 years of the first flight we would walk on the moon and a few years later the first supersonic commercial aircraft, Concorde, would fly between NY and London in less than 3.5 hours.
See the Apollo 11 Command Module “Columbia” carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the Moon and back on July 16-24, 1969.
The X-15 on display still holds the record for the fastest aircraft to fly: 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h), or Mach 6.72, and has remained unchallenged as of 2016.
The Air & Space museum features many displays of the key aircrafts marking the milestones of flight and students will have a chance to see and learn more about them.
The museum ‘Go Flight’ app is also a great tool to help enhance the visit at the NASM.
GO Educational Tours also features a new Scavenger hunt to engage students groups more in their discovery of the museum.
You can download it below and make it part of your next class trip to Washington DC.
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