Become a Pilot

Join us for Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. See some of our activities from 2015.


    • Outdoor Aviation Display
      See nearly 50 vintage, recreational, and home-built aircraft, and talk to the pilots about how and why they fly.
    • Vintage Car Display
      See vintage cars paired by era with the airplanes.
    • A United Airlines Boeing 777 You Can Enter
    • World War II Reenactors
  • Plant Your Own Victory Garden
  • Virginia Department of Aviation
  • Federal Aviation Administration Communications Support Team Emergency Response Vehicle


  • Ask Me About Drones!
    Presented by Roger Connor, Museum Specialist from the Aeronautics Department
  • “Horten 229” Ask an Expert Talk
    Presented by Russ Lee, Chair of the Aeronautics Department
  • Learn about the Wright Kite
    Presented by Tom Crouch, Senior Curator in the Aeronautics Department
  • Meet an Astronaut
    Presented by NASA astronaut Clay Anderson
  • Flights of Fancy Story Time and Hands-On Activity
    What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada


    • Experience hands-on learning through discussion and interaction with Discovery Stations and other activities.
    • Take part in a Paper Airplane Design Challenge.
  • Build and decorate your own sled kite.
  • Accept the Wind Tunnel Design Challenge.
  • Make a paper-copter.
  • Try a hands-on propeller activity.
  • Experience Glider Flight Simulators used in flight training with the Skyline Soaring Club.
  • Participate in Air Traffic Pattern Hands-on Activity for tots.


    • Talk with Jan Sylvester about Commemorative Air Force, National Squadron WWII memorabilia.
    • Learn more about Flight School Electronic Fieldtrip Partnerships with the Fairfax County Public Schools Fairfax Network.
    • Learn how to patent your ideas with staff from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
    • Take part in aviation talks, interviews, and podcasts with Airplane Geeks Radio Show.
    • Learn about careers in aviation with the U.S. Air Force Academy and Way of Life Alumni Group.
    • Discover more about the WACO Aircraft with the Museum’s Archives Department.
    • Talk with International Plastic Modelers Society members about the history of scale aircraft modeling.
    • Find out about “Partners in the Sky” with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute/Conservation Ecology Center of the National Zoological Park, Front Royal, VA.
  • Talk to U.S. Naval Academy Pilots about careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
  • Talk to Kashmir World Foundation staff about DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone Workshops.


    • Dave Baranek, author of Top Gun Days
    • Col. Wolfgang Samuel, author of American Raiders, Coming to Colorado, German Boy, Glory Days, I Always Wanted to Fly, In Defense of Freedom, The War of Our Childhood, and Watson’s Whizzers
    • NASA astronaut Thomas D. Jones, author of Sky Walking, Hell Hawks, and Planetology
  • NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson, author of The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut