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Monday, March 13

Counting Stars (One Republic)

If you've followed us for any length of time, you know that when there are airplanes or rockets nearby, we are there!  Our special needs son is just airplane-crazy...and we like to encourage his dreams (as we encourage everyone to dream) as much as possible.  Recently, we were close to the location of an air show...so of course, we had to visit!
His dream job is to be the pilot on an air ambulance (hey - it takes all types, right?), so our very first stop on the pad was at that particular helicopter, where he peppered the pilots with questions!
A few more helicopters on our tour of the various machines, and we were able to climb aboard the air ambulance, too!  The Highway Patrol chopper pilot even explained how they track folks from the air.  Now...wasn't that nice of him?  Good to know, too!  😉
One of the first planes we had to inspect was the old WWII 'Lady Liberty.'  Interestingly enough, one of the dad's at our Boy Scout troop is the one that helped to rebuild this plane!  Seeing a stellar piece of flight history like this is pretty inspiring.
I tried, unsuccessfully, to get the boys to go skydiving with me...and then we saw how much the skydiving cost and decided that we would all go later.  So...helicopter rides instead!!
The helicopter flight gave us a new, bird's eye view of the city.  Since it was such a gorgeous day, the pilot had taken the doors off the chopper, which was a bit unsettling to brother (in the front seat), but he adjusted quickly.  It was just bee-you-tee-ful up there!!
Mid-morning, we took a break from the excitement and claimed a little piece of grass to call our own for the next hour or so of aviation aerobatics!
The National Anthem was sung as our American flag was brought down to earth by one of the skydivers!!
While we waited for the stunt show itself to get revved up, he looked around at the glider for sale, and we watched the veteran pilots do some formation flying.
First up was Kate Kyer, one of my personal aviation heroes.  If you can't get to an air show to see her work, then look it up on YouTube.  When you think about how hard this type of flying is on the body, it makes her performance even more transfixing!  The pictures don't really do it justice...
Airplanes here, airplanes there, airplanes airplanes everywhere!!!  Seriously...these stunt pilots had some awesome moves!
One of the highlights of his day was getting to meet the stunt pilot we had just seen zipping around in the sky!  He had lots of questions, and the guy was incredibly patient and sweet.
We rounded out his 'special day' with a late lunch at his favorite restaurant and a long walk down a dirt road.  Life is beautiful.  😎



Aviation Unit

Vocabulary Words
flight
wind tunnel
air flow
air pressure
force
flight simulation
prototype
propulsion
aviation
aircraft
paper airplane
aerodynamics
balloon
spacecraft
airplane surfaces
test pilot
military aircraft
airplane
aircraft design
wind
glider
boomerang
kite
Bernoulli's Principle
wing
lift
parachute
air resistance
Air Traffic Control
thrust
Peregrine Falcon
pitch
roll
gravity
drag
Venturi Effect
blimp
airship
balloon
Concorde
seaplane
warbird
experimental aircraft
home built
cargo plane
hanger
airline
helicopter

More Aviation Units (full unit studies at each)

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