Planning to be on the Space Coast for the 4th Annual Cocoa Beach Air Show? Then, you want to keep reading this blog post. Although the skies above Cocoa Beach will be teeming with a lineup of civilian and military aircraft, you don’t have to remain on the sidelines. Oh, no! You can test your wings with our recommended Things to Do, which will surely make this weekend one you won’t soon forget!
#1 UP, UP AND AWAY
Experience the thrill and adventure of flying with a ride in an authentic 1940 Open Cockpit Biplane with Florida Biplanes or enjoy aerial views in a helicopter courtesy of the American Police Hall of Fame or Space Coast Aviation.
#2 and #3 A TASTE FOR NOSTALGIA
If you’re a history buff, then you should plan a visit to the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum! Located on ten acres of property at the Space Center Executive Airport in Titusville, the museum displays, maintains and restores all types of aircraft that were indigenous to the world’s military Air Forces starting before WW1 to the present.
The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts recently premiered their newest exhibit, Battle Word: Masculing Ideals and Military Identity in Modern Japanese Textiles.
The exhibit features a private collection of over 50 military textiles that reflect the development of Japanese national military identity in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights include army and navy celebration banners, “good luck” flags,” “one thousand” stitch belts, and uniforms that accompanied men into battle. These symbolically charged items provided courage and protection as the soldier journeyed to war and often memorialized his triumphant return in victory or death.
#4 FOR THE ADVENTURERS
Jump behind the stick by learning how to fly at Space Coast Aviation. Already know how to fly? They also rent several types of planes as well. Want to take it to the next level? How about jumping from a plane? You can skydive from several locations up and down the Space Coast with Sky Dive Space Center,Sky Dive Sebastian, or Titusville Skydiving.
For more fun activities or to check out what else is going on this weekend on Florida’s Space Coast visit our monthly calendar.
Photo Credit: Boy’s Day Samurai Costume (Yoroikabuto), mid-late 19th Century, Edo Period. Dr. and Mrs. Michael Bortner