Click on the videos below to view each story and check back with us again soon for more adventures as we bring you even more Story Time Videos.

Aim for the Skies 

This picture book by Aimee Bissonette (Author) and Doris Ettlinger (Illustrator), retells the extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world. Find it at Amazon.com.

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The Adventures of Little Billy Barber: Billy’s First Flight Lesson

Billy Barber was destined to become a world-class pilot. He was only 11 when he made his first solo flight. “Billy’s First Flight Lesson” is based on Billy’s experiences as he embarked upon his remarkable career Find it at Amazon.com.

Heli the Helo: Goes to the Air Show 

Author Shawn T. Robinson brings to life a heartwarming character the reader is sure to identify with as he explores the United States and learns about himself during one of the great American past times… The Air Show.  Find it at Amazon.com.

They Raced to the Moon

From John F. Kennedy’s speech to sending up fruit flies and finally landing on the moon, this beautifully illustrated, fact-filled read is told as a children’s story designed to engage, educate, and entertain the reader.  Find it at Amazon.com.

Book lessons and a note from the author

Little Wings: The Story of Amy Johnson

This delightful book teaches the young reader to believe in themselves and to never give up by sharing in Amy’s courageous and often dangerous journeys as she flew across the skies.  Find it at Amazon.com.

Book lessons and a note from the author

WWII Spitfire Pilot at the Battle of Britain

This book is a delightful yet gentle approach to introducing the young reader to the reality of how WWII started and to the role of the young British pilot in charge of a Spitfire airplane. Find it at Amazon.com.

Book lessons and a note from the author


Airshow! is the story of one youngster going to an airport for the very first time.  He doesn’t know what to expect and his family helps him to understand what aircraft are and what they do.  Find it at Amazon.com.

Rosie, a Detroit Herstory

Rosie, a Detroit Herstory is a remarkable story for young readers about women workers during World War II.  Find it at Barnes & Noble.


Click on the videos below to view each presentation.

Watch speaker, Lance Geiger “The History Guy” talk about the Mexican P-47 squadron that served in the Pacific. 

Japanese Balloons in Michigan During World War II:
Watch speaker, Michael Unsworth share how Michigan was threatened by Japanese balloons during World War II.

The Ford Tri-Motor:
Tri-Motor pilot, Cody Welch, describes in detail the history of the Museum’s Tri-Motor complete with photographs and a question/answer session.

Exploring the history of TOPGUN
Join us for an interactive presentation exploring the history of TOPGUN by Dr. Mike Barger.

A Political History of Project Apollo is a new book about the Apollo program by Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator at the National Air and Space Museum.

Lt. Elsie Ott’s Top Secret Mission:
The Pioneer WWII Flight Nurse Behind Aeromedical Evacuation (MEDEVAC).  Watch the latest Virtual History Night with Author Jeffrey S. Copeland,

Museum docent Barry Levine will
provide an overview of the B-52 and its role in aviation history,
and background on how the Museum obtained it. 


Click on the videos below to view each oral history interview.

Alexander Jefferson a retired Lt.Col that belonged to the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

John Foreman

Doutly, Clara Belle

Mario Montressor was born in November, 1921 in Seminole PA. He served in the United States 8th Air Force, 491st BG, 852 BS (B24), as a radio operator, flying from Metfield England during World War II.

Kurt Kersten was born in October, 1923 in Highland Park MI. He served in the United States 8th Air Force, 446th BG, 704th BS (B24), as a navigator, flying from Bungay England during World War II

Liz Wind was the TOOL LEDGER CLERK, keeping records for the US government in a large book. She never knew what those books were for and where the records were sent but she was diligent about recording the tools used by Ford Highland Park!

This is the Oral History Interview of Marshall Keller. He was born in January, 1922 in New York City, NY. He served in the United States Army 7th Air Force, 494th BG, 867th BS (B24), as a bombardier, in the South Pacific during World War II.

This is an Oral History interview with Rosemary Keefe, who worked during World War

This is the Oral History of Robert Mellinger, Corporal in the US Army Infantry from Dec 1950 -Nov 1953. He participated in combat operations throughout North and South Korea.

Lucille Grewe worked at the Conner Avenue Plant in Detroit Michigan from 1941-45. She was a Riveter on Boeing B-17 Wings.



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