My side of the family is from Ohio. Many of us have moved south over the years, but my gramma hosts a picnic each year to try to bring us all together. We've never made the trip because either our babies were too little or money was too tight, but this year it seemed feasible. B was in the middle of a job change working out his two weeks notice and had to stay home, but my mom and nephew rounded out our crew.
While there I wanted to keep the kids busy and show them the places I'd been to, and loved, as a kid. One of the first was the Air Force Museum on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. I don't know how many times I went there as a child, but I always loved it. The museum is enormous now and it took two trips to see everything, though it would take a full week of visits from open to close to really experience everything it has to offer. Best of all, it's free! If you ever visit Dayton, OH make sure you go because it's simply fantastic. If you don't think you'll ever get a chance to visit, check out their website. You can take a virtual tour. They've really done a great job putting the information out there. I linked a bunch of stuff below just so I can go back and learn more.
My favorite plane of all time, The Flying Tiger.
My aunt and nephew.
Giving her sister a boost.
The kids didn't just rush through the museum. They really studied the exhibits.
Big brother explains the zeppelin.
The interactive part of the museum was their favorite part.
How does a helicopter work?
"I'm flying Mama!"
Right out of science fiction: a hovercraft.
Cool reflection on the Columbine III.
This is just a tiny bit of what we saw and did in our two visits, but I've got to cut the photos off at some point. Add 'Visit Air Force Museum' to your bucket list - it's that good.