National Air and Space Museum Presents 2011 "Become a Pilot" Day


WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum presents the 2011 “Become a Pilot” family day and aviation display Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. For the seventh annual “Become a Pilot” day, 50 vintage, recreational, military and home-built aircraft will fly in and be displayed outdoors. Appearing with their aircraft parked outside the center’s Boeing Aviation Hangar, pilots will discuss life in the cockpit and, in some cases, let visitors climb behind the controls. Inside the museum, visitors can take part in educational, hands-on activities for all ages and learn about aviation-related topics. There will also be several book signings and Flights of Fancy story times for the young pilots in training. In celebration of the centennial of naval aviation, Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, Commander of the Naval Air Force Atlant