The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum located at Martin State Airport is celebrating National Aviation Day on August 18 with an open cockpit day, displays by aviation organizations, special events for children and other activities throughout the day. This national day to recognize aviation achievements was established in honor of Orville Wright's birthday. The Museum will also be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Glenn L. Martin Company.
On exhibit for this special holiday is a replica of a 1911 Ely-Curtiss Pusher. Fly Back to the birth of Naval Aviation in 1911 with a visit to this only flying replica of Eugene B Ely’s 1911 Curtiss Pusher. Built by Bob Coolbaugh of New Market, Virginia, this flying machine is on its journey across America, celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation.
The Ely-Curtiss Pusher pioneering United States aircraft, one of the first to be built in quantity, was designed with the engine and propeller behind the pilot's seat.
Also joining the Museum for celebrating aviation achievements will be aviation organizations the 99's, Silver Wings, the Baltimore Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter and 21st century space technology pioneer Blaze Sanders with Solar Systerm Express and the JURBAN Google Lunar X PRIZE team, showing that youth is the future of aviation and aerospace.
At 11:30am, Fred Hall will share his experience with the Berlin Airlift.
At 12:30, the Museum's theatre-in-residence, Thirst 'n' Howl Musical Productions will present its original musical "Right Place, Right Time, Wright Brothers", sharing the story of the Wright brothers' quest to build a flying machine.
Children's activities will be available throughout the day.
A visit to the Museum offers visitors the opportunity to launch a dream and capture a memory as they can experience air travel of the 1950's and board the Museum's 1952 Martin 404 passenger airliner. And for children dreaming of being a pilot or for adults wanting to discover the view of a pilot in flight, visitors can sit in the pilot's seat of one of the Museum's jet fighter aircraft. The Museum's new exhibit "They Answered the Call", a salute to the World War II employees of the Glenn L. Martin Company will be open during this event and offers an air-conditioned opportunity for discovering 1940's Middle River, its people and their communities and service to their country.