Avi­a­tion­vi­a­tion mu­seum flies into April

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The Glenn L. Martin Mary­land Aviation Mu­seum wel­comes in spring with three spe­cial events. On Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Lock­heed Martin au­di­to­rium, 2323 East­ern Blvd. in Mid­dle River, the Mu­seum’s Free Aviation Speaker Se­ries brings the re­turn of au­thor and vet­eran as­tro­naut Dr. Tom Jones to be­gin the line up of 2016 speaker pre­sen­ta­tions. Jones will be dis­cussing his new book “Ask an As­tro­naut” based on ques­tions he has been asked over the years on his ex­pe­ri­ences as an as­tro­naut. All of his an­swers to this ques­tion il­lu­mi­nate the true space ex­pe­ri­ence from start to fin­ish. His en­gag­ing and in­for­ma­tive re­sponses re­mind read­ers of his­toric space achieve­ments, ac­quaint them with ex­cit­ing new am­bi­tions, make them feel like they have ex­pe­ri­enced space first­hand, and even in­spire young stu­dents for ex­plor­ing space travel. His pro­gram on as­tro­naut train­ing, space flight and his­toric en­deav­ors, in­clud­ing his walks in space, is geared to grade four stu­dents through adults. Although ad­mis­sion to this Speaker pro­gram is free, a photo ID is re­quired for en­try into the fa­cil­ity. Fol­low­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion, Jones will be sell­ing and sign­ing copies of his books.

On Satur­day, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the mu­seum will be­gin its Open Cock­pit Day sea­son, pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to sit in the pi­lot seats of the Mu­seum’s out­door flight­line of air­planes and climb aboard the 1950’s Martin 404 pas­sen­ger plane and Can­berra built on site by the Glenn L. Martin Com­pany. As the mu­seum is salut­ing vet­er­ans of the Viet­nam war dur­ing 2016 events, its Huey he­li­copter that saw two tours of duty in the war will be open for an up close look by vis­i­tors. Other flight­line air­craft on ex­hibit in­clude a Sky­hawk, Wild Weasel, Thun­der Chief, Thun­der Flash, Su­per Sabre, and Phan­tom. Tours to the flight­line be­gin at 11:15 a.m. and the last tour of the planes de­parts at 2 p.m. The mu­seum, lo­cated at Martin State Air­port’s Hangar 5, 701 Wil­son Point Road in Mid­dle River, closes at 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the Open Cock­pit seg­ment will be can­celled. Ad­mis­sion for this spe­cial event is $5 for adults and $1 for chil­dren.

For vis­i­tors who en­joy be­hind the scenes tours, the mu­seum of­fers its Mem­bers Only Day on Sun­day, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with spe­cial tours of its archives full of vin­tage Martin Com­pany pho­tos, a li­brary of flight books, and other aviation ar­ti­facts. Tours will also visit its restora­tion cen­ter where re­place­ment air­plane pieces are crafted, small restora­tion projects are based. Also at this cen­ter are ex­hibits of the Spirit of Mary­land Cessna and its owner Bill Mor­ris who de­vel­oped the first res­i­den­tial air­park in the coun­try on Mary­land’s East­ern Shore, a Pi­eten­pol home­built air camper, a hot air bal­loon bas­ket, small home­built air­craft mod­els and an ex­hibit show­cas­ing air­planes that flew at the Patux­ent Naval Air Sta­tion. Vis­its can also see the mu­seum’s air­craft main­te­nance fa­cil­ity in which the flight­line’s air­craft are re­paired, and en­joy spe­cial open cock­pit air­planes where vis­i­tors can sit in the pi­lot seats and imag­ine the ex­pe­ri­ences of pi­lots fly­ing these post WWII air­planes. Light re­fresh­ments will be served.

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