RJ Gritter, a professional remote control pilot, was here at the museum helping us get ready for our newest experience, CSI: Flight Adventures. On This Week's WOW, you'll see amazing footage of RJ flying his model aircraft through the museum!
Aerobatic performer Matt Chapman was inspired as a kid at an air show. He learned to fly, and even competed at the highest levels. Now, he thrills crowds at airshows all over the world flying the Embry-Riddle Eagle 580.
Sir George Cayley, often called the Father of Aeronautics, designed a helicopter powered by a bow-string mechanism with feather blades (similar to the reproduction shown here). Later, he experimented by flying a model with multiple adjustable surfaces, allowing him to understand how every change affected the model’s flight. This model is a ½ scale replica of his original 1804 model. Cayley used the data from these experiments to publish his On Aerial Navigation in 1809.