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Telescope workshop 101 -  Saturday  Jan. 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM  

So you got a telescope for Christmas, now what? Tulsa Air & Space Museum (TASM) is here to help!

Bring your telescopes to the planetarium on Saturday - January 11 from 2 to 4 PM.   

Volunteers from the Tulsa Astronomy Club will be available for hands-on instruction and help with your telescope.  Get started with the astronomy “bug” for a fun and exciting hobby.  This is a Telescope 101 class for first time users and those who need to be reacquainted with the scope that’s been hiding in the closet.

Call 918-834-9900 Ext 116 to enroll.



Come Fly with James Herman Banning!

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

and Greatest Stories Never Told 

Invite you to help us build this inspirational exhibit!

Students of all ages will learn about our very own Oklahoma Hero, James Herman Banning and how he changed aviation forever! James Herman Banning (1899 – 1933) was an African-American aviator when there weren’t many African-American aviators. Mr. Banning’s fancy for flying led him to become the first black to get a license from the US Department of Commerce. He performed in air circuses and flew politicians during their campaigns, including Representative Oscar DePriest, (IL) the first black elected to Congress since the Civil War.

In 1932, along with African-American co-pilot Thomas C. Allen, Mr. Banning made the first trans-continental flight by a black pilot. The trip took 21 days and 17 stops, beginning in Los Angeles and ending on Long Island, NY. And they paid for it by raising money at each stop. That’s right: in 1932, in the middle of the Great Depression and racial segregation, two black men raised money from donations to fly a salvaged Alexander Eaglerock OXX6 airplane, whose spare parts included some from a Nash automobile, across the country. The incentive to raise the money was high, because they usually raised just enough money for food, fuel, etc to make it to the next stop.

Born in Oklahoma, his family moved to Iowa where Mr. Banning attended Iowa St. College studying electrical engineering. After operating an auto repair shop in Ames, IA, from 1922 to 1929, Mr. Banning moved to Los Angeles, where he became the chief pilot at the Bessie Coleman Aero Club.


Your financial support of this amazing, interactive exhibit, and your help spreading the word, will help us share the James Herman Banning story with students in Oklahoma and across the nation."

For more information contact Kim Jones at 918.834.9900 x113 or email

Thank you for your support.

Want to experience an inspirational event

with your family and friends?

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

and Greatest Stories Never Told

Invites You to
Fly Along With Banning!

In September 1932, James Herman Banning made a historic decision to fly across the Continental United States and became the First African American to complete a coast-to-coast flight. And now, an historic recreation of his monumental but little known journey is coming your way!!
Now you can follow Banning’s story on Facebook!  Beginning September 16,  2013, you will be able to FLY WITH BANNING as he makes his historic transcontinental flight across the United States. Be there as he struggles to find funding, repairs a fourteen-year-old engine for his beaten down Eaglerock biplane, and finally takes off for New York!

You will be immersed in the life and times of the Great Depression and the flight difficulties Banning faced: lack of funds, a patched-up old biplane and even older engine, bad weather, forced landings, crashes and tricky repairs. Eventually, you will join him in the thrill of accomplishment as Banning safely lands at Valley Stream, NY.
Click here to begin your journey, then like Banning's Facebook page to continue the flight and send us your comments!
The best part is: It’s All Free!
For more information, keep checking for new developments and events as they are posted.


The groundwork has been laid and the concept has been developed for the new

On Freedom’s Wings traveling exhibit, which will feature the accomplishments

of Oklahoman James Herman Banning, who in 1932 became the first African American

to fly across the United States.

To make a donation to help fund this inspirational exhibit, please call 918.834.9900 x115.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is an IRC 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  Contributions are tax deductible and donations to On Freedom's Wings will fund the exhibit’s construction and promote its travels across the U.S. following the route of Banning’s 1932 flight.

For more information, visit

Our mission is to preserve Oklahoma’s aerospace heritage and inspire science based learning through discovery. Tens of thousands of visitors - students, school groups, families and senior groups tour the Museum & Planetarium each year. We depend on and thank you for your support.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium 3624 North 74th East Avenue, Tulsa.  918.834.9900