This month we have a couple of programs plus an exciting IMAX film at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
UFO's: Fact or Fiction
Soar Together @ Air and Space Family Day
For years, people have looked to the skies and been fascinated by the topic of UFOs or “unidentified flying objects.” This month we explore what UFOs are, how they are depicted in books and movies, and why people are so captivated by these mysterious objects in the sky.
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Innovations in Flight Outdoor Aviation Display
Explore the engineering and design innovations that have taken place during the last century of flight. Talk with pilots of vintage and modern aircraft, on display outside the Museum for one day only. This year’s event will only take place outside, with no indoor programming. Visitors are welcome to explore the inside of the Museum on their own.
Free event tickets are required to attend the Innovations in Flight Outdoor Aviation Display. Without an event ticket you will be unable to enter the outdoor area where the aircraft will be on display but will still be able to explore the Museum's exhibits. Visit airandspace.si.edu/innovations-flight for details and tickets.
Tuesday, June 21, 8:00 pm
Flying Upside Down: How Chuck Aaron Created Helicopter Aerobatics
GE Aviation Lecture
Since 1972, helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron has had an amazingly diverse career. He is best known as a pioneer of helicopter aerobatic demonstrations and for his work as a stunt pilot, including in the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre. In 21,000 hours of flying, he has piloted an astounding array of helicopter types in challenging operations around the world. In 2006, after extensively modifying a BO.105 helicopter and working closely with the FAA and sponsor Red Bull, Aaron debuted the first approved helicopter aerobatic demonstration in the United States. Hear stories from his accomplished life and career including how his father inspired him to become a pilot, his time with NASA’s Space Shuttle program, and his gravity-defying aerobatics.
This program will be presented in-person at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, and will be streamed on YouTube with live closed captioning. Registration is required for in person attendance and encouraged for online viewing.
Now Showing in the Airbus IMAX Theater
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
If you feel the need for speed, check out this latest evening flick at the Museum's Airbus Theater.The sequel to the 1986 Top Gun film is showing daily on the AREA'S LARGEST SCREEN. Showtimes vary so please check the Theater's website for information and tickets. Please note that parking is free for films that end after 5:30 pm.