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We learned so much at the Cradle of Aviation Museum

Credit: Kidsday staff artist / Scott Kiley, Hempstead

Our class went to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, and learned a lot of interesting facts about aviation and aviators. Like, did you know Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to fly on a plane with a Wright brother? We started our adventure in the exhibit gallery of Dream Of Wings, then on to The Hempstead Plains, the Great War, the Golden Age, World War II, the Jet Age, Contemporary Aviation and Exploring Space!

In Dream of Wings, we learned about kites, balloons and gliders. Did you know that the first successful hot air balloon ride was in 1783, in Paris?

In Hempstead Plains we learned about the two types of Vin Fiz — the soda and the Vin Fiz Flyer, a Model EX biplane made by the Wright brothers.

In The Golden Age, we learned about Charles Lindbergh. Did you know that Charles Lindbergh was the first pilot to fly from Chicago to St. Louis? We all know he made the first transatlantic flight from New York to France, too. In the World War II exhibit, we learned that Long Island was one of the centers of military aviation.

The jet engine changed the way we use planes because it took Charles Lindbergh a little more than 33 hours to go from New York to France, but now it takes a lot less time! . In Contemporary Aviation, we learned Long Island is home to the busiest air traffic control center in the world. Did you know that the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton was a military unit that saved other damaged aircrafts? There was so much more we discovered during our adventure and you should plan a trip there too. In conclusion, we had a great time and took a lot of photos so we could remember the day we went to the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

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