Movies to Teach Your Kids about Airplanes
The first step to getting the kids excited and educated in aviation
was to watch a lot of movies. We watched titles like The Final Countdown,
Iron Eagle and the Flying Tigers. On the other side of the technology
spectrum, we watched The Hunt for Red October, Run Silent Run Deep and
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea. The movies provided
kids with the basic concepts of how airplanes fly, airplane systems, aircraft
recognition, and again on the other part of the spectrum, how ships and
submarines operated in the water giving the kids a broader view of the world
Watching specific movies before and after visiting a museum or an
air show is a big plus in the understanding of what they are going to experience
or have just experienced. Before the Air show, we watched "the Flying Tigers.
At the air show we saw a P-40 Warhawk with the Flying Tigers teeth painted
on the nose just as we have seen in the movie. At the Quad Cities Air show we took a tour of a B-17.
When we returned home, we watched "The Memphis Belle" showing the B-17 in
action. It was like we were really
there. This way the movie was more than a movie, it was a part of history.
Before any air show or museum visitation, watching a
number of aviation
movies can greatly enhance a kids experience. It gives them a base
to place their ideas on. An air show becomes not only a great
experience, it becomes a link to what they have experienced in the movies.
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