For those who cannot make it to the museum, live virtual visits are available to bring the museum to you.
Virtual sessions can be for a class meeting in one place or for students who join individually in the case of at-home learning
Distance Learning Virtual Hangar Tour
Spend an hour virtually in the LSFM hangars touring the historic planes on a “walk and talk” question and answer tour. Your museum guide will tell stories and describe the features of our Warbirds while your students ask questions. Participants can watch from one location or login individually to bring a home-based class together. As an added bonus, students will go “behind the chains” to see parts of the planes that cannot be viewed in person – including cockpits and bomb bays.
Distance Learning session are conducted using GoToMeeting, and login information is sent to the coordinator prior to the live event. Equipment check sessions may be scheduled prior to the event by request. Payment is due in full after the equipment check but before the live session.
Availability: Tuesday through Saturday, starting 10am – 4pm. (after-hours sessions may be arranged for those out of state)
Session length: 50 minutes to 1 hour
Fee: $100 per session
Click to reserve your Virtual Hangar Tour. Note: this link will take you to the Field Trip Reservation Form. Some of the information requested will not pertain to Distance Learning events.
Distance Learning Virtual Class
In a Virtual Class, museum instructors will focus on a scientific or historical theme and teach concepts using museum aircraft on display. Participants can watch from one location or login individually to bring a home-based class together. Choose from the topics below for your Virtual Class, and if you like, instructors can spend some of the session time giving and overview of the other plans in the hangar.
Doolittle’s Dilemma Virtual Class
Focus on the museum’s B-25 Mitchell bomber and SS Hornet Aircraft Carrier model to explore the problems that had to be overcome to accomplish the attack on Tokyo after Pearl Harbor. A museum instructor will explain the historical significance of why the mission happened and the problems that had to be overcome including the math involved in getting bombers to take off from aircraft carrier. Do a “behind the chains” walkaround to see the engineering up close learn the significance of the museum Doolittle Radiers B-25.
Mother of Invention Virtual Class
The saying “Necessity is the mother of all invention” is never more true that in a time of war. Many of the museum WWII era aircraft are marvels of engineering that solve problems in their design to do a specific job. Museum guides will focus on the engineering design of the SBD Dauntless, F4U Corsair, , B-17 Flying Fortress, A-1D Skyraider, and DC-3.
Go Zero G Virtual Class
Explore the boundary between aviation and space – how are aircraft used to train astronauts for life without gravity? Discuss the true effects of gravity, the feeling of weightlessness, and how it can be accomplished in a aircraft without leaving the atmosphere.
Aviation Learning Center Virtual Classes
Class topics are based on the stations in the Aviation Learning Center Learning Lab and use the interactive software and hands-on experiments of the on-site program. Virtual classes will incorporate live LSFM instructor chat with presentation software that will guide information and experimental activities. To allow students to follow along with experiments, some of the topics recommend gathering common supplies such as yardsticks, paper airplanes, paperclips, and empty bottles.
Explore the basic physics of flight and the four forces of flight and learn how these physical principles make flight possible.
Learn how flight instruments– the compass, altimeter, and attitude indicator-work, and how pilots utilize them to draw conclusions about an airplane’s position and motion.
Students explore the fundamental concepts of navigation- latitude, longitude, and compass directions, while they practice using a pilot’s chart and other navigation tools to plot a local flight.
Analyze the current weather conditions to understand how weather affects flight and determine if it is safe to fly.
Weight and Balance
Working with a variety of model airplanes, students explore the concepts of load weight and center of gravity, and how they affect the flight of an aircraft.
Using a wind tunnel and wind tunnel app, students focus on basic aerodynamic theory and the mechanics of lift.
Have a topic idea? Let us know and we can develop the class for you!
Distance Learning session are conducted using GoToMeeting; login information is sent to the coordinator prior to the live event. Equipment check sessions may be done before the event by request. Payment is due in full after the equipment check but before the live session.
Availability: Tuesday through Saturday, starting 10am – 4pm. (after-hours sessions may be arranged for those out of state.)
Session length: 50 minutes to 1 hour
Fee: $175 per session
Click to reserve your Virtual Hangar Class. Note: this link will take you to the Field Trip Reservation Form. Some of the information requested will not pertain to Distance Learning events.