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ARCTIC FLIGHT: ARTIFACTS OF ALASKA AVIATION
On view Feb. 1 through Aug. 11, 2013

Airplanes affect everything in Alaska, where many communities aren’t accessible by road or even boat. The state has a remarkable aviation history, including a strategic role in World War II. In Alaska’s early days of uncharted regions and unreliable maps, pilots were also inventors, mechanics, explorers, and daredevils. Many Alaska communities still rely solely on aviation to maintain contact with the outside world for mail, groceries, and emergency services. This exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Alaska is a collaboration between the Anchorage Museum, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and the Alaska Aviation Museum.

 

DOCENT-LED TOURS
Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 1:30 p.m. 45 minutes.

ALASKA AVIATION REVEALED (K–12)
Arctic Flight journeys from Alaska’s first powered flight in 1913 to today, when many Alaska communities rely on air travel as their primary means of contact with the outside world. In this tour, students enjoy Alaska’s adventure-filled aviation history. Geography Standards: B, C, D, E, F. History Standards: B.

GUIDED INVESTIGATIONS
Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. or noon. 45 minutes.

ALASKA FLIGHT (K–12)
Through the Arctic Flight exhibition and hands-on activities, students learn about the changes flight brought to rural Alaska. They gain a better understanding of local economics, cultural traditions, and contemporary subsistence lifestyles. Geography Standards: B, C, D, E, F. Government Standards: F, G. History Standards: B. Cultural Standards: B, E.

THE SCIENCE OF FLIGHT (3–8)
Students investigate the four forces that act on an object during flight. They conduct experiments, manipulating variables to determine how and why flight is affected. Science Standards: A, B.
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EVENING FOR EDUCATORS
ARCTIC FLIGHT
6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21
Free
Pre-registration required
online
Join us for an evening focused on Alaska’s remarkable aviation history. Learn about the Arctic Flight exhibition, and leave with great ideas for planning your field trip. Takeaways include an educator guide and student worksheets. Enjoy light refreshments and door prizes.

RESOURCES

Arctic Flight Educator Guide
Alaska Aviation Museum
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum