Education

The Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Foundation urges you to enjoy learning about aviation. Just for fun, we recommend an Apollo coloring book and word search game, aviation books for kids of all ages and a few interesting facts to mull over.

NASA Coloring Book

Did you know that NASA offers a downloadable coloring book for elementary school children? Here is an example of one of the pages:

Click to go to the download site.

Space Coloring Book for Elementary School Children
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Apollo Mission Word Search (answers further down page) – CLICK TO PRINT

Apollo Mission Word Search

 

         ALDRIN
AMERICAN
ARMSTRONG
ASTRONAUT
CAPSULE
COLLINS
COLUMBIA
COMMUNICATION
CONTROL
        EAGLE
EARTH
EXPLORATION
FLORIDA
FOOTPRINT
INSTRUMENTS
JULY
LAUNCH
MISSION
     MOON
ORBIT
PACIFIC
PHOTOGRAPHS
RENDEZVOUS
SCIENTIFIC
SPACECRAFT
SPLASHDOWN
TRANQUILLITY
     
     
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Federal Aviation Association Recommended Books

  • The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation; Quentin Reynolds
  • The Story of Aviation: A Concise History of Flight Bill Et Gunston, Ray Bonds (Editor)
  • Get Around in Air and Space: (Get Around Books) by Lee Sullivan Hill. Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Fly, Bessie, Fly: By Lynn Joseph, Yvonne Buchanan. Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft: 1997-1998 Paul Jackson (Editor)
  • The Aviation And Aerospace Almanac: 1999 Richard Lamp (Editor) Aerospace and Aviation Daily (Compiler) Publications of Aviation Week (Compiler)
  • The Magic School Bus Taking Flight: A Book About Flight (Magic School Bus Series) Created by Joanna Cole Created by Bruce Deem
  • Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II: By Amy Nathan. This book is about the WASPs, the women pioneer pilots who flew for the Army Air Forces in World War II. Reading level:  10 and up.
  • Just Plane Smart: Activities for Kids in the Air and on the Ground by Edwin J. C. Sobey, Ed Sobey Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • My First Plane Ride: by Elizabeth Benjamin, Mary Lonsdale. Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Fly High, The Story of Bessie Coleman: By Louise Borden
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft: David Donald (Editor)
  • Jane’s Aircraft Recognition Handbook: Jane’s Military Guide; Janes

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Fascinating Facts

  • The Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC could have been performed within the (150-foot) economy section of a 747-400.
  • Before Air Traffic Control Towers were developed, pilots avoided other aircraft by a method called ”see and be seen.”
  • Prior to 1926, a person could fly passengers or goods without obtaining a pilot’s license.
  • The first animal aviators were a sheep, a duck and a cockerel that were sent aloft in a hot air balloon in 1783.
  • ”Air stewardess” was the official title given to the position that we now refer to as ”Flight Attendant.” The first Air Stewardess was Ellen Church and she began work with United Airlines in May 1930.
  • Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo. In 1935, Earhart achieved two solo firsts – Hawaii to the mainland and Mexico to New York City.
  • Elizabeth Dole was the first woman to become Secretary of Transportation.
  • Harriett Quimby was the first woman to earn a pilot’s license. The year was 1911.

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Apollo Mission Word Search Answers – CLICK TO PRINT

Word search Answers

     
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