Miles traveled: 410.9
Miles traveled to date: 5629.6
States visited today: 3 – Illinois, Indiana, Ohio
States visited to date: 18
Tanks of gas pumped to date: 19
Loads of Laundry: 24
Socks lost or destroyed: 7
Today, we checked out of our hotel shortly after 8am and rushed to Dayton, Ohio to visit the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park before it closed at 4pm, then rushed over to the National Museum of the US Air Force to see some of the planes before it closed at 5pm, then retired to our hotel for dinner and a swim.
Visiting the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park to learn about the Wright Brothers and the early history of aviation
Dillon diligently gathering information about the Wright brothers and their family for the Junior Ranger book.
Getting (another) Junior Ranger badge
This Junior Ranger badge was special, because we got the stamp for doing both this Wright brothers historical site as well as the one in the Outer Banks within a year.
Going on an abbreviated tour of the National Museum of the US Air Force in the 30 minutes before it closed
This was the World War II hanger of the National Museum of the US Air Force. Several dozen planes were on display here. Other photos from today
The timeline of early aviation history helped Rayleigh and Dillon answer the questions in their Junior Ranger books.
The kids tried to get some air.
This wind tunnel was developed by the Wright brothers to test aerodynamism in a laboratory setting.
This is a reproduction of the Sopwith F.1 Camel, which is the same model plane that French aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry flew on his first solo flight when training with the French military. Saint-Exupéry went on to write several accounts of the early history of flight, but is most famous for writing The Little Prince.
This was Ainsley’s favorite plane, and was one of the smallest on display.
This was Rayleigh’s favorite, but probably only because it matched her sweatshirt.
Grayson thought this huge biplane was pretty cool.
It was cool to see a Ford Model T converted into a military ambulance at the National Museum of the US Air Force after having seen several Model Ts at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Florida a few weeks ago.
This is a Kellett K-2 Autogyro, which looks like a precursor to the helicopter, but works in a totally different way. The top rotor isn’t powered at all, and spins as a result of upward-moving wind generated from its forward thrust.
This plane has panache.
Grayson found an airplane tire nearly as thick as he is tall.
Grayson isn’t intimidated.
Kelsey posing with a creatively named plane.
This is a Supermarine Spitfire, a British plane.
Earlier the kids saw a wind tunnel, and remarked that this was a “wing tunnel.” And now for your moment of zen…
It’s a sign!