Air & Space Museum
Spirit of America – Sonic Arrow
Dubbed the “Spirit of America – Sonic Arrow”, adventurer Steve Fossett and his crew were preparing to break the land speed record of 763 mph using a vehicle from famed car designer Craig Breedlove. Based on his designs, Breedlove was able to get the vehicle up to 675 mph. Further enhancements by Fossett and his team raised the car’s possible top speed to 850 – 900 mph.
Using a General Electric J-79 jet engine from the famed F-104 Starfighter, this engine was capable of generating 18,400 lbs. of thrust. Equipped with a pair of narrow wheels up front to minimize drag, the Sonic Arrow looks like the world’s fastest tricycle.
Tragically in 2007 while scouting locations for test runs, Fossett disappeared over the Sierra Nevada mountains. In all, Fossett put nearly $4 million into the project before his death.
Build an Airplane Showcase
Building Airplanes – A Riveting Experience!
Join us at Wings Over the Rockies for a fun, hands-on, learning day in the hangar! Kids and families will receive riveting kits to put together their own model airplane. We will also have wooden air tanker planes to put together and paint. There will be demonstrations of construction and riveting on actual planes that are in the process of being built and the opportunity to learn from some of our local craftsmen about what it takes to build your own plane. You can also get a walk around of the Vans RV-12iS that was built by Wings Aerospace Pathways (WAP) students and see the very start of the next RV-12iS that is currently being built.
Talk with Neil Kardos about his highly modified RV-6 and with Brian Beatty about his award winning RV-7A. This will be an opportunity to learn about their experiences of building their airplanes from start to finish.
Speaker Series | Why Explore Space?
Join us in the Harrison Ford Theater at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum for a presentation about space exploration by Wings’ Curator, Chuck Stout.
Are there any good reasons to spend money or to risk human lives by traveling into space? Space exploration can be expensive and there are certainly risks. But what are the benefits? This presentation investigates some of the ways that space exploration has already changed our lives, as well as how it might solve problems and improve our future.
This event is included in museum admission.
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