Cradle of Aviation Museum

Cradle of Aviation Museum Long Island's Air & Space Museum Experience over 75 air and space craft in 8 galleries. See a show in our all-digital JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium or take in a film in our National Geographic Dome Theater.
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You can even take a spin on Nunley's Historic Carousel while you're here. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30-5:00 Open Mondays that fall on holidays or school breaks Parking is FREE!

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Happy Birthday to Long Island's own Robert "Hoot" Gibson. Former Navy Pilot and Space Shuttle Commander. Graduated from ...
10/30/2020

Happy Birthday to Long Island's own Robert "Hoot" Gibson. Former Navy Pilot and Space Shuttle Commander. Graduated from Huntington High School. Made his first solo flight over Long Island at 16 and earned his pilot's license at 17. Became a Navy pilot and was selected by NASA in 1978. Flew five missions. On his last mission, in 1995, Gibson commanded the crew of the first space shuttle mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir to exchange crews. Thank you Hoot for your contributions to space exploration!

10/28/2020
The National Desk - TND

Preserving history, one great story at a time! 😁

Aviation museum displays 75-year-old wedding dress that was fashioned from the parachute that saved the groom's life.

The Science of Flight - BatsBats are flying creatures that lurk in the night! Make your own Popsicle stick bat and learn...
10/27/2020
Science of Flight - Bats

The Science of Flight - Bats
Bats are flying creatures that lurk in the night! Make your own Popsicle stick bat and learn about how bats fly.

There are flying creatures that lurk in the night! Bats! Follow our educator to build your own Popsicle stick bat and learn about how bats fly along the way.

Tues, Oct 27 -Learn about the Science of Flight (Bats) in our newest video series designed for K-5 students to enjoy wit...
10/26/2020

Tues, Oct 27 -Learn about the Science of Flight (Bats) in our newest video series designed for K-5 students to enjoy with their families. This Tuesday at 7pm watch and learn and make your own Bat just in time for Halloween! Some say there are witches in the air on Halloween night and maybe werewolves out there howling to the Full Moon, but those are just stories. There are flying creatures that lurk in the night! Bats! Follow our educator to build your own Popsicle stick bat and learn about how bats fly along the way.

This weekend, visit the Cradle and see something extraordinary. Get up close to the #apollo13 armrest from the Lunar Mod...
10/25/2020

This weekend, visit the Cradle and see something extraordinary. Get up close to the #apollo13 armrest from the Lunar Module that served as a lifeboat. One of the few remaining pieces of the Lunar Module that returned to Earth with the surviving astronauts. See the artifact and be reminded of one of the greatest stories of triumph over tragedy through teamwork. Visit the Cradle and be inspired! Be are open, safe, and spacious at 150,000 square feet. Join us!

CARVE PUMPKINS THIS WEEKEND FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! October is filled with scary, spooky, silly fun and we’re looking for t...
10/24/2020

CARVE PUMPKINS THIS WEEKEND FOR A CHANCE TO WIN! October is filled with scary, spooky, silly fun and we’re looking for the best pumpkins in the patch! The best part, it’s easy to participate!
Carve (or paint) your Jack-O-Lantern, take a photo, and post the picture here on our Facebook event page, or post on Instagram and tag us @cradleofaviation to enter our first annual pumpkin carving contest!
Submit your photo by Friday, October 30th at 5 PM.
Winners from each category will win two museum tickets. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 2nd via social media and contacted for information on prize retrieval.
Age Group Categories
Children (up to age 12)
Teens (age 13 -17)
Adults (18+)
Themes
Best Aviation Themed Pumpkin
Best Space Themed Pumpkin
Contest Rules:
Each participant is allowed one entry. For families with multiple young children, participating pumpkins should be posted with the participant’s first name to be entered.
In the children’s category, grown-ups may assist their child with their pumpkin. However, in the spirit of the category and the contest, please ensure the pumpkin is made primarily by the child.
Pumpkins can be scary, silly, creative, or all of the above!
Pumpkins that are violent and/or flagged as inappropriate will be removed from the Museum’s pages and the entry will be invalid.
SAVE THE DATE!
Save your Jack-O-Lanterns after Halloween to participate in our Annual Pumpkin Drop on Saturday, November 7th from 11 AM to 2 PM and watch your “Jack” fly off our balcony onto the Museum floor for the ultimate splat! Museum admission required.

How a parachute went from a war zone to a wedding dress. Listen to episode 2 of The Podcast at the Cradle of Aviation Mu...
10/23/2020
'Nine Yanks and a Jerk' and a Wedding Dress

How a parachute went from a war zone to a wedding dress. Listen to episode 2 of The Podcast at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

B-17 Flying Fortress pilot, George Braet, returned home from WW2 with his parachute. The parachute had never been deployed, and yet, you could say, that parachute saved him twice.

Free, Family, Fun!!October is filled with scary, spooky, silly fun and we’re looking for the best pumpkins in the patch!...
10/23/2020

Free, Family, Fun!!
October is filled with scary, spooky, silly fun and we’re looking for the best pumpkins in the patch! The best part, it’s easy to participate!
Carve (or paint) your Jack-O-Lantern, take a photo, and post the picture on our Facebook event page, or post on Instagram and tag us @cradleofaviation to enter our first annual pumpkin carving contest!
Submit your photo by Friday, October 30th at 5 PM.
Winners from each category will win two museum tickets. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 2nd via social media and contacted for information on prize retrieval.
Age Group Categories
Children (up to age 12)
Teens (age 13 -17)
Adults (18+)
Themes
Best Aviation Themed Pumpkin
Best Space Themed Pumpkin
Contest Rules:
Each participant is allowed one entry. For families with multiple young children, participating pumpkins should be posted with the participant’s first name to be entered.
In the children’s category, grown-ups may assist their child with their pumpkin. However, in the spirit of the category and the contest, please ensure the pumpkin is made primarily by the child.
Pumpkins can be scary, silly, creative, or all of the above!
Pumpkins that are violent and/or flagged as inappropriate will be removed from the Museum’s pages and the entry will be invalid.
SAVE THE DATE!
Save your Jack-O-Lanterns after Halloween to participate in our Annual Pumpkin Drop on Saturday, November 7th from 11 AM to 2 PM and watch your “Jack” fly off our balcony onto the Museum floor for the ultimate splat! Museum admission required.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum's annual Family Science Nights return with the beloved “Spooky Science Night” with two soc...
10/23/2020

The Cradle of Aviation Museum's annual Family Science Nights return with the beloved “Spooky Science Night” with two socially-distant and safe, limited attendee, family sessions on Friday, October 30th at 5 pm and 7 pm. Each session is packed with stimulating family-fun, STEM activities, and a Halloween parade to entertain the entire family. Tickets are $15.00 per person; $10 for Museum Members. All activities are included with admission. All tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door. Ideal for kids in grades K-5.
Activities include:
- Frankenstein Hands: Use your mad scientist skills to dissect frozen hands to discover what is trapped inside.
- Candy Catapults: Protecting your Halloween hoard is serious business. Construct and test your own catapults.
- Boo-Be-Gones: You ain’t afraid of no ghosts! Learn how to keep ghosts away with some homemade ghost repellant.
- Predicting the Future: Do you have a sixth sense? See if you can predict the future by studying what comes before it!
- Kepler Planet Hunt: There are thousands of exoplanets in our galaxy and some have gotten lost in our museum. Can you shed some light on their location?
“Spooky Science Night is a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person and having a great night of science tricks and treats!" - Kerri Kiker, Planetarium Education Coordinator
There are a limited number of tickets available to ensure social distancing requirements are met throughout the duration of the program. Families will follow a schedule of events from the time of entry to the time of the event conclusion. https://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/spooky-science-night.html

10/22/2020

Honored to welcome the Braet family and the family’s very special wedding dress made from a life saving parachute into our collection today. A beautiful story.

#OTD Oct 22, 1968,  #Apollo7, the first crewed Apollo mission, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Bermuda...
10/22/2020

#OTD Oct 22, 1968, #Apollo7, the first crewed Apollo mission, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Bermuda. All mission objectives were accomplished, and with a duration of nearly 11 days, the flight proved the ability of the spacecraft and crew to complete an 8-day lunar landing mission.

10/22/2020
1910 International Aviation Meet at Belmont Park

#OTD Oct 22-31, 1910 By far the most important aeronautical event on Long Island up to this time was the 1910 International Aviation Meet at Belmont Park in Elmont. The greatest aviators from all over America and Europe came to Long Island to show their newest flying machines, race, set records, and win prize money. The huge air meet at Belmont Park Racetrack in October was front-page news all across America. The air meet drew huge crowds, as most people had never seen an aircraft, and they personally wanted to witness this new wonder of flight. #firstflights #pilotlife #airandspacemuseum #aviationhistory #longislandhisotry #lihistory #longisland #aviators

10/19/2020
This SHIRT Preserves History...

This SHIRT Preserves History...

Proceeds benefit museum education and preservation programs. 50% of your purchase is tax-deductible and shipping is free.

This classic Lunar Module design is available on a t-shirt, hoodie, mask and mug! Available in many colors and sizes.

Shop Now - http://bit.ly/This-SHIRT-Preserves-History

This weekend experience the F-14 in our 50th Anniversary exhibit as we celebrate the inconic aircraft. Exhibit includes ...
10/18/2020

This weekend experience the F-14 in our 50th Anniversary exhibit as we celebrate the inconic aircraft. Exhibit includes a full size (third ever built and oldest surviving) and two F-14 cockpits, nose and flight suits as well as never before seen artifacts taken out of storage such as concept models and photographs. #f-14 #f14 #tomcat #grumman #f14tomcat #f14tomcatlover

This weekend, see something extraordinary at the Cradle, the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, the very first plane that Charles Lindb...
10/17/2020

This weekend, see something extraordinary at the Cradle, the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, the very first plane that Charles Lindbergh owned. And the very first plane the museum acquired. In 1923, a 21 year old Charles Lindbergh purchased this aircraft in Americus, Georgia for $500. During the next two years, Lindbergh barnstormed throughout the midwest. He experienced two crashes in this plane, which he repaired himself. The plane was later restored by volunteers in George Dade's basement in the 1970s. Lindbergh came to view the restoration and he verified that it was indeed his old Jenny.

About the Jenny. This is an original 1918 Army training aircraft. 6,000 Jennys were purchased by the US Army. Surplus Jennys sold for $500 and used by "Barnstormers" who offered rides for sale. The Barnstormers also flew the planes and performed tricks. The Jenny was also used to deliver US Mail. Come see this historic aircraft in our WWI gallery.

10/16/2020
Las Estrellas de las Américas/Stars of the Americas - Live

Join us for a Live-streamed bilingual astronomy event!

Come with us from Long Island to South America as we explore the constellations and hear mythical stories from various South American cultures, as #EducatorInes teaches you about stargazing and Greek mythology surrounding the constellations in this free live lesson.

"I love stargazing and enjoy learning about the Greek Mythology surrounding the constellations. I was even more curious to learn about Latin American myths and how they relate to astronomical phenomenons. Bringing these stories to life helps bring awareness to the rich and exotic culture that’s hidden in Latin America."

¡Acompáñanos en Facebook para un evento gratuito de astronomía bilingüe transmitido en vivo!
Ven con nosotros desde Long Island a América del Sur mientras exploramos las constelaciones y escuchamos historias míticas de varias culturas sudamericanas, como #EducatorInes te enseña sobre la observación de estrellas y la mitología griega que rodea las constelaciones en esta lección en vivo gratuita.

"Me encanta observar las estrellas y disfrutar aprendiendo sobre la mitología griega que rodea las constelaciones. Tenía aún más curiosidad por aprender sobre los mitos latinoamericanos y cómo se relacionan con los fenómenos astronómicos. Dar vida a estas historias ayuda a dar a luz la rica y exótica cultura que se esconde en América Latina." - Educadora Ines

Remembering #apollo7 52 years later....“Many people asked me, Were you afraid? And I have to tell you, No. we were not a...
10/16/2020

Remembering #apollo7 52 years later....“Many people asked me, Were you afraid? And I have to tell you, No. we were not afraid. And that’s the honest truth. But that does not mean we were unaware of the risks that were involved. We thought rightly or wrongly we we could overcome all the obstacles and that our goal was worth the risk.”, commented Walt Cunningham at our 2018 Air & Space Gala where he was honored.

Help support the Cradle with a purchase of this mask and other items showing your love for history now available in our ...
10/15/2020
This Mask Preserves History - Apollo Lunar Module Fabric Face Mask

Help support the Cradle with a purchase of this mask and other items showing your love for history now available in our online museum shop. Please share with those interested. Thank you for your support. http://bit.ly/318uRkc #relieffund #RecoveryFund

This Mask Preserves History - Apollo Lunar Module This item is eligible for Free Shipping! 50% of the purchase price is tax-deductible Your purchase supports Museum Preservation & Education Programs Classic Apollo Lunar Module design Add an extra layer of protection with a personalized touch. Th...

10/15/2020

Join us for a Live-streamed bilingual astronomy event!

Come with us from Long Island to South America as we explore the constellations and hear mythical stories from various South American cultures, as #EducatorInes teaches you about stargazing and Greek mythology surrounding the constellations in this free live lesson.

"I love stargazing and enjoy learning about the Greek Mythology surrounding the constellations. I was even more curious to learn about Latin American myths and how they relate to astronomical phenomenons. Bringing these stories to life helps bring awareness to the rich and exotic culture that’s hidden in Latin America."

¡Acompáñanos en Facebook para un evento gratuito de astronomía bilingüe transmitido en vivo!
Ven con nosotros desde Long Island a América del Sur mientras exploramos las constelaciones y escuchamos historias míticas de varias culturas sudamericanas, como #EducatorInes te enseña sobre la observación de estrellas y la mitología griega que rodea las constelaciones en esta lección en vivo gratuita.

"Me encanta observar las estrellas y disfrutar aprendiendo sobre la mitología griega que rodea las constelaciones. Tenía aún más curiosidad por aprender sobre los mitos latinoamericanos y cómo se relacionan con los fenómenos astronómicos. Dar vida a estas historias ayuda a dar a luz la rica y exótica cultura que se esconde en América Latina." - Educadora Ines

Guess which astronaut made $660 on their mission?
10/15/2020

Guess which astronaut made $660 on their mission?

10/13/2020
Celebrando Cultura - Colombian Arepas with Educator Ines (English version)

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating the culture of Astronaut George Zamka with Colombian Arepas with Educator Ines. Enjoy. Video available in Spanish and English. https://www.cradleofaviation.org/plan_your_visit/celebrando-cultura/astronaut-george-zamka.html

Commemorating Astronaut Georga Zamka's heritage with Educator Ines George Zamka was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was raised in New York City, Irvingto...

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@cradleofaviation For the pumpkin carving contest... Space themed Children's Entry- Alana Freifeld
Thanks to my big bro for my early Xmas gift! I love it!!
Moon over Robert Moses tower and reminder my father was on LEM project at Grumman, doing drafting on the project and got Eugene Coll's name on Wall Of Honor there for 4 years at Gtumman
So what have you been doing during the quarantine? Linda Prince and I (both members of Amateur Observers’ of New York, a Long Island astronomy club, www.aosny.org) created this page: City of Stars - New York City. It’s about the astronomy related sites in NYC and a couple just outside of it. More about that in the page. I know if you live far from NYC, you probably won’t be visiting it anytime soon but you can do this virtual tour and maybe visit it later. If you live nearby, you might make it to some of the sites sooner rather than later. Either way we hope you enjoy the page. Maybe you could create one about your area. If you do, let us know. www.facebook.com/CityofStarsNYC
This is a picture of me in the 1980"s when I owned your 1946 Commonwealth Skyranger in St. Augustine, FL.
Today is the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic attack on Hiroshima, Japan, whose racial underpinnings share many similarities to the police killing of George Floyd. Neither had to happen.
Reflections 1969 Oil on canvas by Chris Calle.
Early 80’s.. I used to volunteer before the main museum was built. I worked on the P-47 weeknights while still attending Aviation High School. I remember doing a flap repair patch on this aircraft that is still there today. I’m leaning on the prop.
Dear Veterans and Friends, Please join us on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day 2020 as we honor and pay tribute to our military service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Nassau County will be hosting a Memorial Day Car Parade on Monday, May 25th at 9:30 AM. Cars will line up at the Nassau Coliseum Parking Lot, off 185 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., at 9 AM. The parade route will be guided by the Nassau County Police Department and the NY State Police. The parade route will conclude by passing the Veterans Memorial Plaza at Eisenhower Park. This will be a strictly car-only event—no walking. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at (516) 572-6565. Thank you.
Just sent you folks an email re: the 1977 Spirit of St Louis flight. Then I found your Fb page. Here is my father, J.M. “Maury” Seitz hand-propping her in May 16,1977.