Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Misawa Aviation and Science Museum

The four little rascals during the 2nd grade field trip from Sollars Elementary School

Hands-on Helicopter simulator


Model Planes

My son and his classmate were strapped to a "device" that creates the sensation of inertia

Miss Veedol replica

Japan Air Commuter Plane

Outside the museum- aircrafts display


Last Thursday, March 19, 2009 the 2nd grade students from *Sollars Elementary School on base had their field trip in Misawa Aviation and Science Museum. It is probably a 15-minute drive from Misawa Air Base.

I volunteered for this field trip to see the museum and also this was my son's request, I was assigned to watch over the 4 kids including my son. It was fun but tiring to chase the kids who were very excited to see and experience the hands-on exhibits. Volunteering really needs patience :-)

Displayed inside the museum is a Miss Veedol replica, a single-engine Bellanca aircraft that made the first trans-Pacific by Hugh Herdon and Clyde Pangborn from Misawa's Sabishiro's beach in 1931 which ended 41 hours later in Wenatchee, Washington.

The museum is very educational. Children and adults can take controls of airplane and helicopter simulators, ride a chair demonstrating the moon's weightlessness or float on a 26-foot free-fall ride. They even have a display that uses smoke to demonstrate how torandoes are formed. There was also a 30 minute-science experiment about Liquid Nitrogen which students enjoyed most.

Admission fee:

500 yen for adults
300 yen for children ages 15-18
free for children 15 and under

* Sollars Elementary School is under DoDDS- Department of Defense Dependent Schools

The Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) are a network of schools, both primary and secondary, that serve dependents of United States military - and other non-US - personnel outside the United States. The schools themselves are operated by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).


Patty said...

Great photos. Thanks for the tour. I love the blog. It is nice to see what is happening everywhere.

Missy said...

Thanks Patty, I hope to join you this Friday :-)

Reena said...

aww, cute little rascals. hehehe...anak mo siguro yung black yung hair diba?

nice museum! bakit wala tayo niyan? or maybe because yung dapat nasa museum na eh pinapalipad parin hanggang ngayon. lol.

Jhay said...

nice post! i'm looking forward to volunteering for jared's school. ;-)

bertN said...

Who runs the museum? Thanks for a bit of pictorial tour of it.

Garando said...

Cool. Has your son ever expressed interest of joining the military too? Maybe the Air Force? :)

Joy said...

How cool! I wish I could fly a plane.

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HalfCrazy said...

Ooh, I like the Helicopter Simulator, I wonder if we have that in NAIA.

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

I miss children.. Mine are no longer. You really capture the fun.. Thanks Missy..

Missy said...

reena- yes, he's my son and his crush is the girl with long hair shhhh

well, I think Philippines has no enough budgets for this kind of museum :-)

Jhay- yes, try to volunteer when Jared start schooling

bertN- the museum is run by City of Misawa

Garando- my son wants to be an "engineer" daw but my husband wants him to study in the Air Force Academy to get full scholar hehehe

Joy- thanks for dropping by

Missy said...

halfcrazy- I don't think they have that thingy in NAIA maybe in Flight Schools they have some

Loida- thanks for visiting me although I know you're too busy right now