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Contact: John Marsh
Phone: 765-689-8011
Email: dnrnews@dnr.state.in.us

Festival of Flight at Grissom Air Museum Oct. 4

From the Wright brothers to the right stuff, you can celebrate a century in the skies at the Grissom Air Museumís second Festival of Flight on Saturday, October 4. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is just $2. Children 6 and under are free.

This family event will feature a host of aviation-related demonstrations, exhibits, tours, hands-on activities, music, food, and fun for all ages.

"The response to last yearís festival was so overwhelming we decided to make it an annual event," said museum director, John Marsh. "We brought back all the favorite attractions, plus added several more this year."

In the air you can see powered parachutes, radio-controlled aircraft, exotic kites, falling eggs, and a solar-powered hot air balloon. On the ground, you can get special train tours among the historic planes, plus a visit inside an aircraft.

Hands-on activities include glider and kite building, remote control plane simulators, navigation training, pedal planes, cockpits to sit in, and moon rocks you can hold in your hands. In addition, all the colorful entries from around Indiana in the museumís student aviation art contest will be on display.

Lt. Col. Julius Jackson of the famed Tuskegee Airmen from WWII will headline a list of exciting guests. He will share his exciting and inspiring story and sign special commemorative prints. Bufford Gross will be on hand with his working replica of the Wright Flyer, which will be featured in an upcoming special on the History Channel.

Festival visitors can also meet veteran pilots and flight crews, flight instructors, Air Force firemen, military recruiters, an amazing toothpick sculptor, and folks from aviation technology schools, NASA, and Civil Air Patrol.

Music will be provided by the upbeat Peru Circus Festival Band. Additional attractions include a Cub Scout space derby, high school egg drop contest, and a wide range of aviation souvenirs and autographed memorabilia.

Primary sponsor for the festival is Heartland South, a new medical center near the museum on the Grissom Aeroplex. Additional sponsorship is provided by Wells Fargo Bank Peru, and other area businesses.

For more information on the festival contact the museum at 765-689-8011 or visit GrissomAirMuseum.com. The museum is regularly open 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday. The Grissom Air Museum is located 60 miles north of Indianapolis on Highway 31 between Kokomo and Peru.

 

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