20 Years of Aviation Innovation, Kid Approved

This year, the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum celebrates two decades of taking families on a sight-and-sound, hands-on flight through the world of aviation. 

The museum’s interactive exhibits include climbing aboard a painstakingly restored 1940 Douglas DC-3 and feeling the throttle of real aircraft controls as you co-pilot a Beechcraft simulator over the Golden Gate Bridge.

As the museum celebrates the past, it looks toward the future. “We want kids to see the important role science and math play in aviation careers,” says Executive Director Jay Luippold. Today, you can visit the Lego Travel Adventure exhibit, which includes a recreation of the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk that sits among “build tables,” encouraging children to design their own imaginary dream machines. For more information, visit crsmithmuseum.org.

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