Fort Wayne International Airport
Airport Authority

Education / Tours

The Airport Authority loves to partner with local educators to share the wonder of flight with others.  You will find many useful resources on this page to help develop your aviation curriculum, including a variety of age appropriate activities and an extensive aviation reading list – broken down by age group – that will compliment any lesson plan.

To take your lesson plans to A Whole New Altitude, contact us to arrange a tour of the airport or the Greater Fort Wayne Aviation Museum.  Young or old, museum visitors will enjoy learning about our region’s contribution to the history of flight.


Would you like to learn more about the airport and aviation?  Tours are offered at four locations around Fort Wayne International Airport and Smith Field Airport and can be geared to a variety of ages and interests.  Perfect for school field trips and civic groups!  Click below to find out more information about these tours.

Activity Downloads

Below you will find activity downloads for various age groups.

Ages 5-9
Ages 10-12
Ages 13 & Up

A tremendous amount of aviation education activities are available on the internet.  The following websites represent just a few sites that teachers may find of interest:

Allen County Public Library Children's Services

AvScholars: Students Gateway to Aviation
Links to sites with a wide variety of aviation education activities

Education World
Hands-on activities in lesson plan format, includes a section on women in aviation

FAA Kid’s Corner: Federal Aviation Administration
Many activities including coloring pages, games, puzzles, experiments

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Free classroom resources and teacher guides, including a section on African-American aviators

Heli-Hound: Helicopter Association International
Heli-Hound is a science, math, and technology rich program for kindergarten through second grade students. Students pretend they are members of a large workforce needed to launch Heli-Hound's helicopter on its way to fly a medical team, rescue people or fight crime.

Aviation Booklist

Everyone enjoys a good book. How about a book about aviation? Below you will find lists of nonfiction and fiction books, categorized by grade levels.

Grades 1-3
Air Show by Anastasia Suen
Airplane by Caroline Bingham
Airplanes by Lola Schaefer
Amazing Aircraft by Seymour Simon
Bessie Colman: Daring to fly by Sally M. Walker
Flight by Robert Burleigh
Fly, Bessie, Fly by Lynn Joseph
Flying High. (Science Experiments) by Julian Rowe
The Glorious Flight by Alice Provensen
I Want To Be a Pilot by Dan Liebman
Into the Air: An illustrated timeline of flight by Ryan Ann Hunter
Jetliners by Jon Richards
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan
Hot Air: The (mostly) true story of the first hot-air balloon ride by Marjorie Priceman
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
Grades 4-6
Air Show Pilots and Airplanes by Timothy R. Gaffney
Airborne: A photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright by Mary Collins
The Airplane Book by Cheryl Walsh Bellville
Boy Who Could Fly Without a Motor by Theodore Taylor
Race for the Sky: The Kitty Hawk diaries of Johnny Moore by Dan Gutman
Wingwalker by Rosemary Wells
Grades 7-9
Amelia Earhart: Legend of Flight by Linda Pflueger
An American Hero: The True Story of Charles A. Lindbergh by Barry Denenberg
The Belly Gunner by Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Airfield by Jeannette Ingold
Coast to Coast by Betsy Byars
The Great Airport Mystery by Franklin W. Dixon
Grades 10-12
Ace of Aces : The Life of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker by H. Paul Jeffers
Air Force One by Max Allan Collins