Ever wanted to hop aboard Air Force One and see what all the fuss is about? Well, for the next seven weeks you can do just that with The Air Force One Experience, an educational exhibit temporarily on display at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown, RI.
The Air Force One Experience is the brainchild of the Children’s Democracy Project , which is a group aimed at teaching children about democracy. As of today, September 15th, Phase 1 of the project has been completed and 3,000 free tickets are being released to Rhode Island residents on a first come, first serve basis. An additional 6,000 complimentary tickets have been released to residents of Massachusetts and Connecticut, respectively. Through the end of October, this limited preview will be open from 10am to 6pm daily.
I took my kids down today to check it out, and it was pretty spectacular. Up close, the Boeing 747 is massive, and the inside is really tremendous. It was like we were in the set of a movie, and it felt both very familiar and unlike anything I’d ever seen. My kids are young and were as impressed with the helicopter they saw taking off as anything else, but for an older child with a bit more understanding of the history behind what they were seeing, it would be pretty cool. Meant to be an intimate sensory experience to excite children about presidential leadership, the Children’s Democracy Project worked with Air Force One Stewards from the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton, and W. Bush administrations to ensure that no detail has been missed to make this truly a one of a kind experience. On board, the Air Force One replica has a variety of presidential artifacts from past presidents like John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington.
Tickets are required to access the exhibit and can be booked by time slot and must be reserved in advance by visiting www.airforceoneexperience.com. This is the only time the Air Force One Experience will be in New England before it embarks on a national tour, so don’t miss your chance to see an interactive piece of history with your family!