This time our homeschool group went to a program about aviation at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Dorothy, our educator, had a great rapport with the kids, and took them on a tour of the flight deck and some of the crew berthing areas aboard ship.
They saw an A-12 Blackbird, a predecessor of the famed SR-71, a Mach 3 plus(3x the speed of sound) high altitude reconnaissance aircraft. Designed in the late 50s/early 60s, it followed the U2 and was designed to fly high enough, fast enough and stealthy enough that the USSR wouldn't be able to shoot it down. The SR was retired in 1996, and we never lost one to enemy action. Of course, the fact that it is a super cool looking bird made it a hit with the kids.
Then we had a workshop where the kids learned about the development of aviation (including hot air balloons) and the names of the parts of an airplane, which they compared to the body of a bird.
After that, they got to explore the newly renovated hanger deck, which is chock full of hands on, kid friendly exhibits.
Mikro was an exhausted but happy camper by trip's end.