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Special events are scheduled throughout the year in New Jersey. In addition, museums throughout the state feature aviation exhibits.

2020 International Aviation Art Contest
2020 International Aviation Art New Jersey artists aged 6 to 17 are invited to participate in the
2020International Aviation Art Contest (pdf 425k).
"FLYING YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW" is the 2020 theme.

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The dream to fly is thousands of years old. Ancient stories from around the world tell us of those who wanted to take flight. Their stories of successes and failures started to become reality in the late 1800s, when men and women used the growing technological know-how to build the craft that, up until then, had only been possible in our dreams.
Early balloonists excited the world with flights covering 25 miles in under 3 hours. Now, they have the option of taking a few hours journey or one of thousands of miles over many days in balloons specially designed and equipped to go long distances. Gliders have increased distances and heights as well. While the first glider pilots jumped their gliders from hills and mountains, today’s gliders are towed high into the air and can travel for hundreds of kilometers or more. The first airplanes were made of cloth and wood, and those early crafts were powered by engines that produced around 12 horsepower. 
Today, metal and composites are the materials designers use to make flight faster and safer. In fact, some modern racing planes’ engines produce over 3,500 horsepower, and a modern commercial airliner with multiple engines creates over 95,000 horsepower! While the physics of flight remains the same, the technology is always advancing.

Each generation has learned from those that have come before, adding to what is possible while holding true to the love of flight that is in the heart of all aviators. The dreams of flight have become the reality of today’s sports aviation. The hang gliders, balloonists, racers, and aerobatic pilots fly above us and show what is possible today. What does the future hold? Where will the young aviation dreamers of today lead us?

It is time to get out your favorite artist supplies and give free rein to your imagination to create your work that combines the flights of the past with the dreams of the future in this year’s “Flying yesterday and tomorrow” art contest.

Artwork is judged, at least in part, for its creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world. The first, second and third place winners were forwarded to Washington DC for the National level of the contest. Winning entries of the National contest will be forwarded to the International level of the contest.

The 2020 winning artwork in the State contest is available for viewing.

Art Contest Winners By Year:

For additional information or questions, email or call 609.963.2100.

A list of winners in the national and international contests is available on the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) website.
Aviation Event Calendar
For other information on aviation events in New Jersey and out-of-state locations, review NJ Aviation. The information is not guaranteed, confirm dates as some events are canceled without notice.

Museums and foundations
From Teterboro in the north of the state to Rio Grande in Cape May County, New Jersey's southernmost county, eight aviation museums tell about the history of flying in the Garden State.

The museums preserve more than 200 years of aviation heritage, from the famous Curtiss Wright J-5 Whirlwind Engine used by Charles Lindbergh, to space travel exhibits.

To find the museum you would like to visit and learn about its offerings and the days it's open, choose from this list.

Last updated date: February 28, 2020 3:20 PM